Friday, June 18, 2021

Afternoon Tea at Chart Farm

Food memories are so important to us, they shape our family life. Can you remember when you first had an ice cream? Or candyfloss? A very enjoyable book about Cornwall triggered a memory of Lynne's beloved Aunt May's scones and the wonderful scones, raspberry jam and clotted cream we had when we were in Cornwall in 2019. And once you have the longing, it has to be satisfied. Where to go? Luckily someone on Facebook asking the same question had come up with some great suggestions and one stood out. We have been meaning to go back to Chart Farm in Constantia for a long time and we know they do good cakes and scones. So we made a booking, phoned our friends who live in Hout Bay and ventured forth on a lovely, sunny winter’s day this week

The View restaurant at Chart Farm is run by a friend, Sandra Engelen
You can go and pick your own roses on the farm when they are in bloom
Sandra and her husband Philip were abroad for their son’s wedding, but we had superb service from their staff
They serve breakfasts and lunches as well as teas

The weather was so good that it had to be a table on the terrace with its wonderful views of the Constantia valley
And yes we did need an umbrella to shelter from the warm sun

Booking is always advised as this is a very popular venue

All the tables were booked and being occupied when we arrived at 2.30. They close at 4 in the winter

The grounds around the restaurant are beautifully planted
and Lynne would love to have this pale pink bougainvillea in our garden
Our large purple one is rampant

John and our friend Ronnie went to inspect the cake selection and were tempted by many
Lynne and Loraine had set their minds on the scones

The Red Velvet cake looked moist and was delicious said Ronnie, a good sized portion as well

The light-as-air scones arrived warm, accompanied by the raspberry jam and whipped cream
Sadly, we are not able to get clotted cream in the Cape
Lynne had them with her customary pot of green tea with a slice of lemon
Loraine had hers with a pot of Earl Grey tea, another good traditional choice

and John had a slice of rich baked cheesecake with his large, very good Americano coffee
He also swopped a small slice of cheesecake for one of Lynne's scones; two is a bit much for her

and the very reasonable bill for a great tea for four
 Now to return for breakfast or lunch one day

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