Beyond the oak-lined streets and quaint shop fronts beats another of Greyton’s dearest attractions – its green heart. For eco-conscious travellers looking for a country getaway, this not-so sleepy village is impressively advanced in matters of self-sustainability with a long-term plan to improving access to resources and food for all of those who call the region home. For foodies who favour local produce or vegetarian and vegan menu options, Greyton has a few options for the conscious foodie.
Nicola Vernon tells us a little bit about this gem:
Nestled within the village, Pure Café represents conscious, seasonal fare grown from a community garden, which forms part of a larger civic-minded project and a great place to start for those looking to tread a little lighter.
We have helped our local schools to set up thriving vegetable gardens which supply their feeding schemes for vulnerable children. We buy the little bit of surplus from them to help with the funding of their gardens, so the chef at Pure Café takes whatever vegetable walks through the door and works her magic on it! This spring we are looking forward to artichokes, aubergines, baby marrows, beans, beetroot, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, courgettes, cucumber, kale, leeks, lettuce, parsnips, potato, pumpkin, radishes, red onions and turnips. For fruit, we will be getting watermelon, apples, avos, guava, lemon, lime, naartjies, oranges, and strawberries. Much of these will be used in our smoothies, juices and dips.
We do make wonderful corn or pumpkin fritters as part of our vegetarian/vegan breakfast offering. Courgettes are a staple in stir-fries and work well raw when spiralised and added to our rice paper wraps with miso dressing. Watermelon always inspires us – the juice is so easy, pure watermelon juiced is such a refreshing spring drink!
Pure Café is Open Monday-Saturday 8h00-16h00 and Sundays 9h00-15h00
Follow Pure Café on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PureCafeGreyton/
Heart and Soul
Jacqui Leatt tells us a little about her visit to vegetarian garden restaurant Heart & Soul
Vegetarian garden restaurant Heart & Soul in Greyton has been on my list of vegetarian restaurants to try for quite some time. Since they are only open on Saturdays and my visits to Greyton are normally mid week, it was a non starter. But I finally got to enjoy a Friday night stayover which meant I could to do all the things a tourist gets to do. The Saturday morning market was on my list of places to visit followed by lunch at Heart & Soul.
On arrival I was amazed to see how green and lush the lawns were and the vegetable boxes were filled with seasonal vegetables and herbs. In part this is thanks to Herbet Vigne’s clever development of the lei water system that feeds all plots with fresh mountain water.
There were people sitting on the lawn, on the covered patio and inside the restaurant and the atmosphere was wonderful. I immediately felt at home in this tranquil and inviting space. Tables laden with freshly baked wheat-free crunchies, banting bread, caramel shortbread and chocolate brownies and a harvest table brimming with hearty vegetarian dishes such as Moroccan pumpkin soup, aubergine parmigiano, Malay vegetable pies and much much more. I helped myself, weighed my plate and sat down at one of the large tables with a Greyton local for a wonderful catch up and some delicious food.
The food was sublime, service great and coffee excellent. I would go back in heartbeat.
Heart & Soul is open on Saturdays from 12H00 to 14H30
Stay in touch with them via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/heartnsoulgreyton/