Situated in the lovely Banhoek valley, which is a ten minute drive over the Helshoogte pass from Stellenbosch, the tea garden has spectacular views across the valley to the Groot Drakenstein and Jonkershoek mountains. A large terrace overlooking a glorious rose bed offers plenty of tables with shady umbrellas, for visitors to make the most of the majestic scenery. On cold wet days enjoy the comfort of the old fashioned fire and cosy interior with its cottage-style décor and delightful ambience. Peaceful and secluded, Hillcrest Berry Orchards is one of the best-kept secrets of the Cape. Daily specials feature on the menu (according to what is in season) and for visitors with special diets sucrose free jams, gluten free desserts, wheat free bread and soya milk are available on request. Breakfast specialties include Hillcrest’s own honey-roasted muesli with home-made yoghurt and berry compote while the impressive Breakfast Plate is fit for a king. Light lunches are served throughout the day and popular choices include the home-made soups, quiche of the day and three-cheese herb tart. For those wanting more substantial fare, try the pasta of the day or traditional Cape bobotie, both of which are highly recommended. Desserts are definitely Hillcrest’s forte and the choice includes baked cheesecake with berry coulis, fruit pastries and an excellent selection of home-made ice-creams featuring unique combinations such as cape gooseberry and ginger, or blackberry and mint.