Hillcrest Berry Orchards
One of those establishments that once discovered, it makes it hard to resist a second visit. Not only does it offer an exceptionally wholesome menu for breakfast, lunch and teas, but also has a farm shop and deli, which displays an impressive selection of top quality products that taste as good as they look. The tea garden was originally started as a way of showcasing the jams, dessert toppings and fresh berries produced by Hillcrest. While the scones, berry muffins and baked cheesecake remain firm favourites, today the menu offers a wonderful selection of healthy meals which are prepared, as far as possible, using certified organic products.
New this summer is the opening on Saturdays and Sundays of an Upper Terrace, situated above the restaurant with even more panoramic views across the valley. Here guests can relax under their own gazebo while enjoying a leisurely light lunch or high tea. Advance booking for this venue is essential and the venue is only available for functions.
The Upper Terrace is also available for small daytime functions. More details upon enquiry.
Situated in the lovely Banhoek valley, which is a ten minute drive over the Helshoogte pass from Stellenbosch, the Hillcrest Berry Orchards’ tea garden has spectacular views across the valley to the Groot Drakenstein and Jonkershoek mountains. A large terrace overlooking a glorious rose bed offers plenty of tables with shady umbrellas, for visitors to make the most of the majestic scenery. On cold wet days enjoy the comfort of the old fashioned fire and cosy interior with its cottage-style décor and delightful ambience. Peaceful and secluded, Hillcrest Berry Orchards is one of the best-kept secrets of the Cape.
Menu and Offerings
Weekly specials feature on the menu according to what is in season. For visitors with special diets sucrose free jams and a wide selection of gluten free and vegetarian meals are available.
Breakfast specialities include Hillcrest’s own honey-roasted gluten free muesli served with homemade yoghurt and berry compote, hazel and blueberry waffles and crumpets. The farm has its own genuinely free range hens who provide all the eggs required for, amongst other things, Egg Benedict and the farmers breakfast plate (Vegetarian option available). Light lunches are served throughout the day and the homemade bread range been extended to include baguettes and sour dough olive bread, ciabatta and 75% rye bread. For those wanting more substantial fare, try the homemade chicken pie or traditional Cape bobotie, both of which are highly recommended. Desserts are definitely Hillcrest’s forte and the choice includes baked cheese cake with berry coulis, fruit pastries and an excellent selection of homemade ice creams featuring unique combinations such as Cape gooseberry and ginger, or blackberry and mint.
And to quench your thirst choose from a range of homemade berry juices, rose geranium syrup or raspberry & honeybush tea. The wine list features a small and interesting range of well-priced wines and beers.