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Greenhouse at Babylonstoren

Klapmuts-Simondium Road R45, Franschhoek 7646, South Africa
+27 21 863 3852
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“pot pie” (17 reviews)
“scones” (25 reviews)
“salad” (57 reviews)
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CUISINES
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
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LOCATION
Klapmuts-Simondium Road R45, Franschhoek 7646, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 178 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful setting with a walk through the magnificent gardens to the restaurant. After a tasty meal of boerewors and lamb curry pie, we walked through the medicinal herb garden. The whole experience was such a treat. Well-recommended.

Thank David L
BabylonstorenFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear David, We are delighted you enjoyed your day with us on the farm. We look forward on welcoming you back soon! Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 11 August 2018

If you are planning to come to the Greenhouse restaurant to get food food, rather not. The sandwiches consist of extremely thick slices of bread with very lack lustre, tasteless toppings for a lot of money. The gardens are beautiful and everything has attention to...More

Thank Karin K
BabylonstorenFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Dear Karin We are sad to hear you did not enjoy your time at the Greenhouse tea garden. Perhaps the wine tasting room might be more what you had in mind – we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Farm greetings, Lize...More

Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Such a quaint little spot! Beautiful surroundings- who wouldn’t want to be in/around a greenhouse. Interesting menu and quality foods.

Thank Anzel d
BabylonstorenFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Dear Anzel We are delighted that you enjoyed your time at the Greenhouse. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 21 July 2018

I came here for wine tasting and lunch and mostly enjoyed the experience here. I'm not a big fan of wine so I won't comment - however the food platter provided included bread, olive oil and various cheeses and cold meats which was enjoyable for...More

Thank TerryTsang2905
BabylonstorenFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Dear Terry We are sorry to hear that your visit was not up to standard. We hope you visit us again and that you'll be able to experience the quality of service we are known for. Best wishes Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

I havent been to the greenhouse in a few years and today I brought my boyfriend(from Scotland) for lunch and the service was absolutely terrible. Waiters just leave you at the table with a bottle of water. None of the other waiters noticed us. I...More

Thank carosinianja
BabylonstorenFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dear Anja We are terribly sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience at the Greenhouse. You are more than welcome to send an email to media@babylonstoren.com so that we can discuss the situation further. Best wishes Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 9 July 2018

Just go! No high-heels ladies - you walk through an orchard to the restaurant. On either side you have orange trees, olive trees, guavas . .and the list goes on. I had wonderful scones baked in terra cotta pots, home-made jams. Hubby had pie and...More

Thank RainbowGirls1
BabylonstorenFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Thank you for your review — it sounds like you had a lovely time! Best wishes Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 20 June 2018

It is a pity that Babylonstoren has not paid much attention to visitor facilities during the winter season. To get there, the road in was full of potholes which continued into the car park and through into the gardens. After rain all walkways became mud...More

Thank beez4words
BabylonstorenFarm, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

We are so sorry to hear about your experience! We value your feedback and we hope you return again when it's nice and sunny. Best wishes Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 16 April 2018

Very disappointed want to have lunch here but was required to pay an entarnce fee to get on the the farm .So we went elsewhereMore

Thank mikeaJ3743LD
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear MIkea When visitors come to Babylonstoren, whether it’s for lunch or a garden tour, an entrance fee is required for access to our 3.5 hectare garden which is the heart of Babylonstoren. On weekends and public holidays entry costs R20 per person (R10 per...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Visiting Franschhoek we wanted to make a stop at Babylonstoren today. Unfortunately some guard having a post on the road leading to the estate blocked our way asking 20 ZAR per person just to get into the estate. I naturally refused and we end up...More

Thank b39841
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

When visitors come to Babylonstoren, whether it’s for lunch or a garden tour, an entrance fee is required for access to our 3.5 hectare garden which is the heart of Babylonstoren. On weekends and public holidays entry costs R20 per person (R10 per child under...More

Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Babylonstoren is without a doubt one of my favourite places in the entire world. I love walking through the gardens, smelling the leaves of the plants and looking for tiny wild creatures. We had a little snack at the Greenhouse and was a little dissapointed....More

1  Thank thehungrytraveller10
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Greenhouse at Babylonstoren, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Thank you for your kind and very helpful feedback! Our team will use it to ensure we maintain the high standards we have at the Greenhouse. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$12
Meals
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Klapmuts-Simondium Road R45, Franschhoek 7646, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 863 3852
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Description
The Greenhouse, at the rear of the garden, is a sight for sore eyes. There's no better place to sit than here under our recently planted oak trees and enjoy an informal, picnic-style snack of tea and buttermilk scones or a more substantial meal of artisanal breads with handcrafted cheeses and dressed meats served with our homemade herb oils, chutneys, preserves and relishes. Not to mention our fresh garden salads. The 26m vintage conservatory in dark green steel was custom built in France by Serres et Ferronneries d'Antan for Babylonstoren. Paired with a collection of brick red tables and colourful green Luxembourg chairs (the classic park chair design), the Greenhouse is a surprising but thoroughly logical refreshment station for guests who have completed the garden tour. All our food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads packaged in weck jars, while fresh bread from our old wood-fired oven, and boerewors rolls and golden handcut chips all come wrapped in the iconic blue and white Babylonstoren paper. Despite its obvious aesthetic appeal and its function as a refreshment station, The Greenhouse also performs a vital role in the garden. It is here where plants or varietals are brought when they struggle to make it in the formal garden due to the Western Cape's winter rainfall or the lack of humidity in summer. And so you'll find that exotic granadillas, ginger, cardamom, pineapples, dragonfruit, vanilla, guavadellas and even a baobab tree, all reside here. The Greenhouse menu subscribes to the self-same 'pick, clean and serve' philosophy as Babel, but with a strong emphasis on honest food with little to no fuss.
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