A must-stop along the N1: Karoo Padstal.
An old sheep shearing shed turned farm-to-table stop now known as The Karoo Padstal, situated between Richmond and Hanover on the N1 in the Northern Cape. They’re all about sourcing wholesome country produce from the surrounding Karoo region and have officially been added to my “must-stop” list.
Whilst you’re there, I highly recommend staying at the beautiful Richmond Café and Rooms, before you head to The Padstal for breakfast the next morning.
Upon arrival, you’re greeted with the smell of freshly roasted coffee by Deluxe Coffeeworks, an unexpected treat for us caffeine-loving city dwellers. They have the usual farmstall selection of preserves, dried fruit, nuts, and biltong but it’s the homemade offerings (made with REAL ingredients) like rusks, biscuits, muesli that set them apart.
The selection of crafts and gifts have been perfectly curated by Klaradyn and showcases handmade home- and skincare products, toys and kitchenware by some of the best local brands. There’s a section at the back leading to the wine seller stocked to the brim with some of the best South-African wines and a collection of craft gins.
We left with a very unplanned basket filled to the brim with natural soaps, locally made jam, rusks, handmade ceramics, organic nut butter, and some road trip snacks.
Baked goods are available for sit-down or takeaway with a mouthwatering selection including lemon meringue, chocolate brownies, various cake slices, and even some South-African classics like rice crispy treats or milk tart.
For those in a rush, be sure to grab one of the hot-out-of-the-oven homemade pies or choose from a selection of waffles or quiches for the perfect road trip lunch.
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We made the time to stop for a sit-down breakfast and I can’t even begin to say how surprised I was when my question of “Do you have any vegan options at all?”, was answered (without hesitation) with; “Don’t you worry, we’ll whip something up for you”. Not even the slightest glimpse of a puzzled look as to what a vegan is.
By now I’ve grown quite accustomed to (and made peace with) starting my days off with black coffee and dried fruit or nuts on these platteland trips. So I'll admit, still skeptical, I wasn't expecting much when our food started arriving and thought for sure I was going to have to send it back with a warm smile, explaining that no, vegans don't eat eggs.
This time the joke was on me though and boy was I proven wrong when a breakfast plate of herbed potato wedges and a delicious pan-fried mix of tomato, chickpeas, beans, and veggies were placed in front of me alongside a bowl of fresh fruit.
A very special mention, therefore, goes out to chef Yuriëtta Stevens and her (from what I’m aware) team Syton Mbughi and June Matthews, for an outstanding meal and outdoing many restaurant breakfasts that I've had back in the city.
So like I said, the warmth, hospitality and general dreaminess of this space have bumped it high up on my must-stop list. I can not wait for the next excuse to return, sit in the warmth of those beautiful windows and have another memorable meal overlooking the vastness of the Karoo.