(F) abulous Afrique Boutique Hotel. Ruimsig. West Rand.

73So in between towing Jason’s bike with my car to try and get it started, playing “flinch” with Joshua, begging Luke to please move back home and trying to find suitable wives for my 5 sons  (A full blog post all on its own ), I get to stay and check out the most stunning places. (part of the job my dear)  On Monday night I stayed at the famous “Afrique Boutique Hotel” in Poortview on the West Rand. www.afriquehotel.co.za You would love it.  So sophisticated, so elegant, so classy, and this is the part that will make you platz…original paintings everywhere!  The owner, Nafsika, is a huge fan of Porchie, Georgia, Este Mostert etc, so you can only imagine all this creative genius everywhere! As you drive into the grounds you are overshadowed by 3 storey stained glass windows and bricks and sandstone buildings. Very beautifully built.  Stepping inside, your eyes are immediately drawn to the double volume ceilings and the gorgeous exposed wooden beams.

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BIDON BISTRO. New hand rocking the Cradle. Cradle of Humankind. Kromdraai.

DSC_0015 (2)So on Sunday we decided to check out Garth Mes’s new baby – BIDON BISTRO.Garth has lived in the Cradle all his life, and it has been one of his life’s ambitions to build a restaurant that would be able to serve both the local residents, as well as those coming into our beautiful World Heritage Site.  Garth tells me that “bidon” means bicycle water bottle in French.  

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Driving past “Something Country Restaurant”, except for the hordes of cars parked outside,DSC_0042 (2)DSC_0038 (2) one can be forgiven for mistaking the  buildings and gardens for a stunning home  in the country. The farm is owned by Sue  and Hardy Cronje and the restaurant  by  Sue’s brother, Michael.   Mike took over the  restaurant about 10 years ago  and has been going from strength to strength since then.  Something Country  had their humble beginnings as an outlet shop for Sue’s business, Country Wood  Treasures, and due to its popularity, was slowly developed into a tea garden and restaurant, which is now synonymous with cyclists, locals and tourists alike.DSC_0041 (2)

Set in beautiful well-tended gardens, under towering oak and indigenous trees is DSC_0044 this little gem in the Cradle of Humankind.  Patrons can expect above average service  from the waiters while Philip and Taki cook  up a storm in the kitchen.  Dishes have  wonderful names which have been taken  from family members, like “Robyn’s Pizza” which is a delightful cheezy pizza with  a touch of chilly and rocket.  And “Sue’s breakfast”, one of my favourite, which is the more healthy version of the full English breakfast, which is affectionately known as “Hardy’s Breakfast”. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week.DSC_0043 (2)

 So this weekend, make your way to the Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift,  Kromdraai and visit with Mike and Vicky to experience their warm hospitality and  “something country” cuisine.  See their Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Something-Country/166664956747568?  fref=ts.  For more details contact Mike on 081 537 0419 or Vicky on 084 589  8687.