Camps Bay Retreat, Cape Town

The Manor House

View towards Glen Beach

Breakfast along the Atlantic Seaboard: Camps Bay Retreat

I love Camps Bay for breakfast, but wanted something a little quieter and more intimate. A little research and Camps Bay Retreat was discovered.

Situated just above Glen Beach and accessed from Chilworth Road in Camps Bay, this large estate (4 acres) and manor house (built in 1929) is now owned by Village & Life and has been turned into a 5 star boutique hotel.

We arrived and were seated inside initially. It was such a glorious day that I did not feel like 4 walls around me. We ordered teas and coffees and a few minutes later were notified of an outside table availability. The outside had been full due to the “residents” taking advantage of breakfast outside on this gorgeous day. Needless to say that I was much happier with now seeing the ocean and hearing the waves crashing along Glen Beach below.

Breakfast is broken down into a cold buffet and a warm breakfast menu.

Cold buffet:
The cold buffet comprised of fresh croissants, sweet pastries, fresh sliced fruits, various cereals, thick yoghurt, cold meats and cheeses and different breads. 3 different fresh fruit juices were also available. From the cold buffet section, one can look into the kitchen where the warm breakfasts are being cooked up. Veggies juices were available from the actual menu.

Warm breakfast:
After tucking into a bit of a continental beginning, I felt like being a bit naughty and opted for the “French Toast Tower”- consisting of perfectly cooked eggy bread, bacon and wonderful melted brie, nicely layered and covered in maple syrup.

My partner opted for the “Benedict Blondie” – a single muffin with a poached egg, crispy bacon and hollandaise sauce. It was so good he opted for a second one! I must say that the sauce was the best hollandaise sauce I have tasted thus far!

Other options included a 3 egg frittata with choice of toppings, retreat pancakes coated in crème fresh and berry compot, and butter croissants with various fillings including smoked salmon and asparagus (interesting).

The venue quoted R85 for the cold buffet breakfast and R125 for the cold buffet and warm breakfast menu combination. But at the end of the day, we were only charged for the small selection that we did eat and drink and it was incredibly reasonable. With the friendly service, tasty food, great view and the option of a lovely stroll in the grounds afterwards, I will definitely be going back for more!

Contact Details:
7 Chilworth Road
Camps Bay
Cape Town
Tel: 021 437 9703
Email: book@campsbayretreat.co.za
Web: www.campsbayretreat.co.za

Opening times:
Breakfast: 07h00 to 11h00
Lunch: 12h00 to 16h00
Dinner: 18h30 to 21h30

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