We booked Richmond Cafe and Rooms on Booking.com as it seemed to have the nicest rooms within the price range. Given that it was December, prices of most decent overnight stops on the way to Cape Town were quite high.
We checked in at the cafe which seemed to be the only access point from the street. Check-in was quick and Sylvia – the host – asked us to drive to the gate just up the road for secure parking. The road leading to the gate is gravel and turning off the tar road had to be done carefully due to very uneven tar-to-gravel transition.
We were led to our room along a gravel walkway with lovely little gardens along one side giving us the impression that they grow their own vegetables.
The entrance to the room was a pleasant surprise as it first led through door into a small porch with a couple of chairs and a table. The room was average sized and smelled nice. The linen was clean and the mattress, although a little hard, was very comfortable. Filter coffee, rusks and a bottle of still water were also provided.
The main feature however was the bathroom which was bigger than the bedroom itself. It featured a standalone bath and a small chandelier that hung low next to it.
The shower was huge with old farm house style brass pipes and hot water was readily available. A bottle of Sanex body wash provided but shampoo was missing. The peppermint hand soap and and hand cream were a great touch and left our hands feeling clean, soft and minty!
The Cafe was our favourite feature
I went to the restaurant early to order our supper. One of the owners greeted me and asked everything was fine. I ordered a roasted vegetable pizza which was the only other vegetarian option apart from the salad. Iasked that it be cooked completely separately from meat products as we are strict vegetarian. The owner said that they do this regularly so it won’t be a problem.
We arrived at the cafe at 18:30 and the other owner greeted us and welcomed us to the B&B. The cafe is very tastefully decorated with both a rustic and modern touch. The pizza was brought to our table on a cutting board with a cutter – exactly how we wanted.
From the first bite, we were in bliss. We could taste the freshness of the vegetables – butternut, sweet potato, brinjals, herbs, fresh capers and more. After every few bites we would discover a new flavour. There was even a cut nectarine placed on top of the pizza to start off with.
We really enjoyed the meal and could safely say that it was best veg pizza we have ever had. A close second would be the one from Nona’s in Sandton City.
Even you don’t stay here, stop for a pizza or take it away for the road. But you gotta try it!
All reviews are our own experience of the establishment. We are not in anyway influenced by any third party in what we have written above.