Any adventure from Cape Town to the West Coast will take you along the R27, which runs through Milnerton and Tableview before reaching open countryside on the way to coastal villages like Yzerfontein, Langebaan and Paternoster. Along the way you’ll discover a few places to stop to rest, eat or play. Here are 3 West Coast farm stalls on the R27.
Vygevallei Farm Stall
In the grounds there’s a wine shop, geese and hens for kids to watch, a table in a little arbour, and tables with shade umbrellas where you can sit to enjoy your meal while the kids play on the grass.
Where: 40km north of Melkbos on the R27, opposite Jakkalsfontein entrance
West Coast Farm Stall
The homely restaurant with its plastic table cloths and crochet curtains serves dishes like oxtail, tripe, fish-and-chips, pies and toasted sandwiches. On weekends there’s a buffet breakfast where you weigh your plate and pay only for what you’ve dished. They also do a Sunday roast buffet with the same weigh-your-plate drill.
Country music was playing and little girls in shiny purple and pink Sunday-Best dresses were drinking bright milkshakes behind us. One of the staff had a ponytail with feathers in it and strutted around at high speed as if he was training for the Olympics.
Where: at the intersection of the R27 with the R315 to Yzerfontein
Spens is the Afrikaans word for pantry, so expect the jams, preserves and biscuits you might find in your grandmother’s pantry. It also sells fragrant fat loaves of farm bread, as well as enamel pots, mugs and gifts, which are part of the decor of the restaurant. Tumbleweeds and dried flowers hang from the reed ceiling.
Where: on the R27 10km before Vredenburg, 20km before Velddrif
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