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Irene Dairy Farm, Irene (Pretoria)

Call me biased, but I am already smiling as I type this intro...
Irene Dairy Farm just has a way of doing that - bringing a broad grin to faces young and old.

Date last visited

July 2013

Location and Setting

Getting out of the concrete jungle always scores high up on my list - after a week of traffic, stress and general JHB-craziness, a spot of trekking out of town really works wonders for the soul.
Irene is not that far off - about 25 minutes on the R21 gets you there.
From JHB - hop off at Nellmapius Drive, hang a left and continue for a few km's. Go under the railway bridge, continue through the 4-way stop street, take a left at the 2nd traffic circle and you are there.
The nice thing about Irene is that it still has that small country town feel to it - the first time I visited, it reminded me a bit of Pilgrim's Rest - it feels like it is stuck in a time warp of some sort, which is a good thing :)

For the kids...

The farmyard environment is a winner with the kids - all the sights, smells and sounds of a working dairy farm surround you as you make your way through Irene Dairy Farm.
There are cows all over the place, some grazing, some being milked and some just meandering about mooing occasionally... as cows are expected to do :)
The calves are also a hit with the kids, who just love to pat them and generally fuss over them like their very own teddies back at home.

Cows not their thing? Then pop the kids onto the old tractor that now fills its days watching over the restaurant, or if you prefer, the wooden jungle gym is another option to help spend all that youthful energy :)

Speaking of kids - changing nappies and such is always a biggie when taking the little ones anywhere.
On our first visit to Irene Dairy Farm, the restrooms did not specifically cater for tiny tots in terms of changing tables etc.
Most recently, however, we were pleased to notice that there is now a dedicated changing facility within the ladies restrooms. Clearly the management here like to keep up with the needs of their customers.
Good job guys!

For the adults...

Breaking away (albeit briefly)  from the grind of city living is one of the main attractions here.
Even though the Irene Dairy Farm is tucked between more modern establishments such as the Irene Country Lodge etc., it retains the country feel of a dairy farm somewhere far out of town.

The establishment includes 2 restaurants - one up on the Deck, and one in the Barn (which was one of the original barns).
Both serve scrumptious breakfasts and lunches, while the barn also serves breakfast and lunch buffets every weekend.
Tucked away behind the deck restaurant you will also find a well-stocked farm store, complete with the freshest milk that money can buy - ready to be bottled as you wait. They also stock a wide variety of other dairy products, savoury treats, desserts, chocolates, cakes, coffees and all kinds of confectionery.
Upstairs you will find Nest Home Decor and Gifts - you can read more about this here.

Anything else?

NB NB - For security reasons, Irene Dairy Farm is a cashless establishment, so bring those credit and debit cards with you!

Final words

Irene Dairy Farm is one of those places that is just a safe bet, anytime.
You can be sure that you will come back time and time again - it's that good.

Free admission.
Getting in touch

They sport a decent website at - head on over there RIGHT now! :)
Alternatively, you can use these contact details to get in touch:

Shop: 012 667 2326
Barn: 012 667 4822


Barn: 012 667 5485
Dairy: 012 667 2634
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Bambanani, Melville (JHB)

We were invited out for breakfast one Sunday morning to a little place in Melville called Bambanani.
Not expecting much, we set off hungrily, and were most pleasantly surprised by what we found.
Having subsequently returned to Bambanani (a xhosa word meaning stand together/unite) on 2 further occasions, I feel adequately qualified to give a fairly accurate review :)
So without further ado, read on...

Date last visited

August 2010

Location and Setting

Bambanani is situated at 85 4th Avenue, in Melville, JHB.
It is fairly central, if a little closer to those in the West / Central areas of JHB. The exterior of the establishment belies what you will find inside...
It was a chilly autumn morning when we visited, and the first thing to greet us upon arrival were several cosy fireplaces churning out a good amount of warmth. 
Now I am totally clueless when it comes to fancy interior design terms, but I loved the look and feel of the place - very warm and welcoming.

For the kids...

Bambanani prides itself on a large kiddies play area, situated outside and behind the main restaurant.
There is an astro-turf area where the little ones can scoot about on kiddies motorcycles and clamber up on jungle-jims, and for the more adventurous little tikes out there, there is one of those huge multi-storey scaffolding type maze constructions.
Send your kid in there and you may not get them back for several hours...!
To add to this, dedicated child minders make their presence felt, so you can comfortably leave your precious little ones in their care. Tipping is of course always welcome.
The restrooms were clean and well presented, with very decently equipped changing rooms for those stink bombs that the little ones sometimes produce... :)

For the adults...

The warm, welcoming atmosphere is just awesome at Bambanani. It sure helps that all the staff we dealt with were relaxed and friendly, and fairly prompt to boot.
Food-wise, this being a breakfast, I can testify that several members in our party laid great praises upon the Eggs Benedict... :) 
Over and above this, the menu is varied and caters nicely for the kids as well.
All of those in our party loved their meals - a variety of different breakfasts were enjoyed at our table :)
Several cappuccino's and an awesome slice of lemon meringue later, it was unfortunately almost time to go... :)

Anything else?

Not much else to add - an excellent time was had by the adults, the kids had a great time and we will most definitely be back in the near future.
The staff here are superb - you get the feeling that they are really happy to have you in their establishment.

Oh and there is the option to dine inside or outside - the upper outside dining area overlooks the play area, so you can keep one eye on your food, and the other on your offspring playing below :)
The lower outside dining area is neatly spread around the play area, so if you want to avoid the stairs, then this is for you.

Free admission.

Final words

Bambanani turned out to be a superb hit - great food, great vibe and kid-friendly as well.
Truly a place of many happy returns!

Getting in touch

Call Bambanani on 
011 482 2900.
Their website is currently under construction at

Highly recommended.


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