Perched on the top of a hill, in a fairly nondescript, barn-like building on Netherwood Farm in Nottingham Road is Blueberry Hill Cafe. We attended a wedding at Bellwood over the Womans Day long weekend and with our self catering accommodation at Netherwood at the bottom of the hill that Blueberry Café is perched upon, it made sense to start the day here.
My husband and I were the first people to arrive and after pulling the huge sliding doors open were greeted by the friendly staff and more importantly a blazing log fire … the weather was freezing – in fact the mercury had hovered around 4 degrees for most of the previous day! We were shown to comfy leather armchairs next to the fire and I took up the offer of a blanket to put over my legs …
We were absolutely starving and got straight down to ordering breakfast. The menu is fairly limited but the food was absolutely delicious. I opted for vanilla infused blueberry crumpets served with bacon and a poached egg. This was served with a blueberry sauce and although it is not something I would normally go for it definitely hit the spot. My husband decided on his normal – the full English breakfast; two slices of toast, two fried eggs, roasted cherry tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms and two chipolata pork sausages.
We were given samples of their homemade blueberry jam and blueberry relish to try … I’m not a big fan of jam, but the relish was superb and went really well with my poached egg and bacon. The coffee too was good – sourced from a local beanery who has been awarded ‘Best Roastery in KwaZulu Natal’ for a number of years running. Served with the coffee was a gloriously sugary biscuit – just the ticket for spiking the blood sugar on a freezing morning!
I love the interior of Blueberry Hill – although an enormous space, the comfy furniture, screed floor and during winter, log fire makes it a homely, welcoming spot. The views are magnificent – shown off to perfection by the huge windows that take up most of two sides of the building. Sharing its space with an art gallery, there is always something interesting to look at.
We have another wedding at Bellwood at the beginning of October … guess where I will be returning to?
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Address and contact details:
Blueberry Hill Café, Netherwood Farm (opposite the entrance to Fordoun Spa)
Opening hours are 09h00 – 16h30 Thursday to Tuesday.
Telephone: +27 (0)33 266-7132
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That breakfast looks delicious!