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Tree-top Sunday lunch
game viewing and great food at The Treehouse Restaurant
The Sunday lunch is one of the best traditions that British and French food culture brought to South Africa. With the kids away, my partner and I recently decided to use the rare opportunity and treat ourselves to a lunch away at The Treehouse Restaurant, situated at Bushbuck Ridge Game Farm in the beautiful Maitlands area.
After a quick call to confirm our booking, we were on our way. Being a regular at Bushbuck Ridge, I am always enthralled by the drive up to the restaurant from the farm gate. There is always something to see including zebra, impala, inyala and the occasional bless buck hiding in the brush, making a visit to Treehouse a unique experience in itself.
Walking over a wooden bridge leading to the restaurant, we were greeted by the unmistakable smell of fired-cooked potjies and roasts. On entering the restaurant you can’t help but notice the enormous fire with a choice of foods simmering in large pots, whetting our appetites before we were even shown our table.
Surprisingly, even though it was a warm summers day, the restaurant was fairly cool. A lot of thought was put into the layout, comfort and functionality of the restaurant which is built around a trunk of one of two giant Yellowwood trees and can seat up to 90 people. The Treehouse restaurant is also available for weddings and special events.
Seated on the restaurant’s wooden deck, which has sweeping views over the Colleen Glen valley, we were served with the first course. It consisted of sweet potato and biltong soup with fresh, crispy bread on the side. While we enjoyed the soup, I also spotted giraffe browsing the treetops on an adjacent property!
Thereafter, the main course was served buffet-style around the fire pit. I was informed that the menu changes on a regular basis, but on this particular day, we were offered a selection of salads, venison potjie, venison pies, chicken and pork dishes and vegetables. While we tucked in, the lively atmosphere in the restaurant brought back so many fond childhood memories of family gatherings for me.
Some time later, we visited the dessert table where we were served with fresh ice-cream, a perfect ending to a filling meal and relaxing experience. The Sunday lunch costs only R85 per person and children under ten eat at half price. A cash bar is also available.
The game farm also offers affordable accommodation. Their ‘Cabin in the Glen’ can sleep up to eight people and has its own swimming pool. For weddings, there is also a chapel and venue which can cater for 120 people.
Treehouse comes highly recommended and has friendly staff to ensure a fabulous experience to anyone looking to quickly escape the city over a weekend.