The Greenhouse, at the rear of the garden, is a sight for sore eyes. There’s no better place to sit than here under the oak trees and enjoy an informal, picnic-style snack of tea and buttermilk scones. We also offer more substantial meals of artisanal breads with handcrafted cheeses and dressed meats served with our homemade herb oils, chutneys, preserves and relishes, as well as delicious, fresh garden salads.
The 26 m vintage conservatory in dark green steel was custom built for Babylonstoren in France by Serres et Ferronneries d’Antan. Paired with a collection of brick-red tables and colourful green Luxembourg chairs (the classic park chair design), the Greenhouse is a surprising but thoroughly logical refreshment station for guests who have completed the garden tour.
All our food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads packaged in weck jars, while fresh bread from our wood-fired oven, boerewors rolls and golden hand-cut chips all come wrapped in the iconic blue-and-white Babylonstoren paper.
Despite its obvious aesthetic appeal and its function as a refreshment station, the Greenhouse also performs a vital role in the garden. It is here where plants or varieties are brought when they struggle to make it in the formal garden due to the Western Cape’s winter rainfall or the lack of humidity in summer. And so you’ll find that exotic granadillas, ginger, cardamom, pineapples, dragonfruit, vanilla, guavadillas and even a baobab tree, all reside here. The Greenhouse menu subscribes to the self-same “pick, clean and serve” philosophy as Babel, with a strong emphasis on honest food with little to no fuss.
The Greenhouse is open Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 16h00.
- There is no need to make a reservation for the Greenhouse. Guests are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Should you wish to bring a group of between 13 and 18 guests, kindly make a reservation. These reservations open two months in advance.