Ride Report: Mother Holly's Tea Garden

Written by AmakayaBP

Living in Plettenberg Bay, surrounded by gorgeous mountain passes, panoramic coastal roads, indigenous forests and white sandy beaches, we do try and get out on our bikes and explore the surrounding area regularly.

Bikers often say that it is all about the ride and not the destination. We did not end up with breakfast at the planned destination and all in all probably had a better morning because of this.

This Sunday we decided to visit Totties Farm Kitchen on the Reenendal road. We had heard good things about this venue and thought a Sunday breakfast would be in order. On arrival we were disappointed to find out that they only open for lunch on Sundays.

At the owners suggestion we carried on to Mother Holly’s Tea Garden in the Millwood Forest. Once entering the gate it is a 9km gravel road ride through the indigenous forest to this restaurant which is located near the old Millwood Gold mine. Tours are also offered to visit the gold mine and inside the restaurant is a small museum with memorabilia from the gold mining era.

The breakfast was excellent and very well priced and we sat outside in the garden in the warm winter’s sun. Coffee was served in an old-style metal coffee-pot with matching tin mugs. A sneak-peek inside the kitchen revealed an old coal stove as well – just the kind of place to stop and enjoy a breakfast along the Garden Route!

We did not do the gold mine tour because we needed to get back home, but this is now on our ‘to do’ list as is Jubilee Creek – a picnic area in the Millwood Forest.

We took a detour via Phatom Pass which also forms part of the 7 passes route between George and Wilderness (also highly recommended). A pleasant morning out with a good breakfast to boot!

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