The weather was perfect last Sunday, so I decided on an impromptu road trip to the beautiful village of Philadelphia. Nestled off the N7 from Cape Town to Malmesbury, about halfway between Melkbosstrand and Malmesbury, this beautiful town is surrounded by bright yellow flowering canola fields and beautiful rolling green hills and lies at the beginning of what is known as the “Swartland”. The town itself has been preserved in its original state with one of the most beautiful church buildings on the west coast area. Philadelphia was, like many other towns in South Africa, originally a farm. A portion of the farm was donated to build a church as local farmers usually had to travel very far for communion.
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a Sunday lunch, there are two great restaurants to enjoy for that purpose, namely De Malle Meul, or Pepper Tree Restaurant and Coffee shop.
De Malle Meul
De Malle Meul has an amazing Sunday Buffet available from 12pm to 3pm with tables laden with delicious traditional food such as vetkoek dumplings and kaiings; Curried Tripe and Chicken Pie; sweet and roast potatoes and up to 7 meats to choose from; desert is traditional malva pudding. There are also an array of fresh salads and vegetables. The cost is R160 per person and includes home baked bread, salads, main meal and dessert. (For children under 12 years the cost is R80. For under fours it is Free.) De Malle Meul is fully licensed. If you prefer to bring your own wine, corkage is charged at R30 per bottle.
Pepper Tree Restaurant and Coffee shop
Pepper Tree has a homely, country-style setting in which one can enjoy delicious, home-baked cakes and light lunches served with the finest roasted coffee, teas and homemade juice under the shade of the big pepper tree. Jams, preserves, honey and free range eggs are also on sale. There’s also unique art crafted by local talent on offer.
Malmesbury is 25km from Philadelphia where you could visit Limietberg Nature Reserve. Not too far from there in Darling you’ll find Evita se Perron, undoubtedly one of the most popular little theatres around and home of the infamous Evita Bezuidenhout.
Philadelphia also has easy access to numerous wine estates and if you are feeling energetic and in the mood for something different, then either try an exciting game of Paint Ball or enjoy nature on horseback – relax and soak up the fresh air and sun.
It’s the perfect Sunday or weekend getaway.