Crossways Country Kitchen - A Farm Style Indulgence

  • 21 June 2016 | By Anje Rautenbach

The orange-spotted cows with the words “Crossways Country Kitchen” have been MOOving traffic from the N2 to culinary farm fresh delights since December 2011. You have probably seen it before, but have you stopped there yet?

The beauty of Nelson Mandela Bay is that we are situated in such an ideal location for a quick day-trip to explore the outskirts of the Bay, to experience a hint of the Garden Route, to get a bit lost in the Karoo and to chase the sun, sand and sea at the Sunshine Coast. We have it all (and even more).

Crossways Country Kitchen is a mere 30 minutes from Port Elizabeth’s city centre; a quick drive close enough to stop for lunch yet far enough to enjoy a break from the city. What makes this restaurant so unique is the farm-like setting against the backdrop of mountains; in the middle of farmlands, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay.

 

 

As soon as you step foot into the countryside and leave the cityscrapers and noise behind, you are greeted with a kick-off-your-shoes kind of atmosphere. An atmosphere filled with family gatherings, laughter and good food in front of a crackling fire; an atmosphere where time is forgotten, where there is no rush and where that dreadful Monday is a distant memory, a vague illusion. This is where the concept of slow food gets inspired as Crossways Country Kitchen puts the home in home-cooked.

The meals (breakfast and lunch) are one of a kind with interesting combinations. The serve fresh produce straight from the farm, daily baked artisanal breads and decadent-to-die-for cakes and sweet treats. Every meal is a piece of art; perfected over time, garnished with flavour and sprinkled with inspiration. 

 

 

Wholesome. A hearty meal with appetizers, homemade ginger beer and lavender lemonade to the end-cherry-on-your-cake for the whole family; from the banting mommy, to your vegetarian sister and your meat-eater grandfather.

Crossways Country Kitchen welcomes pets and has a big play area for children. The restaurant rubs shoulders with Mother Nature through a variety of sustainable and eco-friendly practices such as recycling, re-using and moving leftover food to the garden for compost or for animal feed. They also support other farmers in the area by using locally sourced meats and sausages, milk and dairy products...

So next time when you ask for a bit of milk with your coffee, walk in the direction of the herd of cows grazing in the distance, make the meMOOry last and go say thank you. It promises to be a MOOving MOOment between you and the cow.

 

 

Crossways Country Kitchen is a real and palatable reflection of the ethos of the Crossways Farm Village "of a life in balance with nature, minimizing consumption and maximizing the resources available for the best and healthiest lifestyle possible."

Booking is essential over the weekend (042 286 0678).

 

 

How to get to Crossways Country Kitchen

Take the N2 towards Jeffrey’s Bay. After the Van Stadens Bridge take the Thornhill/Sunnyside off ramp (exit 707). Turn right at the stop street and, a few hundred meters on, right at the Crossways boards.

 

 

Written by Anje Rautenbach, travel blogger at Going Somewhere Slowly. Follow her journeys around South Africa on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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