Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2?

Hey there! So, I’ve been on a little adventure along the N2 – you know, that super long road that stretches all the way from Cape Town to Durban. And let me tell you, I’ve had my fair share of pie stops along the way.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. How can you possibly know if these are the absolute best pie stops? Well, I can’t say for sure, but I can tell you about the spots that really stood out to me. And hey, maybe you’ll love them too!

First up, let’s talk about this little hidden gem called The Pie Place. Just imagine stepping into a cozy little shop filled with the smell of freshly baked pies. The owners here take real pride in their work, and boy, does it show. From classic steak and kidney to unique creations like chicken and mushroom curry, their pies are packed full of flavor.

Next, we have Pie in the Sky. Now, this place is a bit of a tourist hotspot, but trust me, it’s worth the crowds. The pies here are nothing short of heavenly. And the best part? They’re so generous with their fillings. I’m talking piles of succulent meat, lashings of gravy, and perfectly flaky pastry. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!

Another must-visit spot is Granny’s Homemade Pies. As soon as you step inside, you’re transported back in time. It’s like visiting your granny’s kitchen, complete with the comforting aroma of freshly baked pies. And let me tell you, these pies are the real deal. Each one is individually handmade with love, and you can taste it in every bite.

Last but not least, we have The Pie Stop. Now, this place is what I like to call a pie lover’s paradise. They’ve got pies of every flavor you can imagine, from traditional favorites to innovative combinations. And the best part? They’re open 24 hours a day. So, whether it’s 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning, you can always satisfy your pie cravings here.

So there you have it, my top picks for the best pie stops along the N2. Of course, taste is subjective, and what I love might not be your cup of tea. But hey, isn’t half the fun of road trips trying new things? Happy pie hunting!

Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

I believe that the N2 is a delightful place to find scrumptious pie. If you’re on the lookout for a mouthwatering treat, these eight spots are an absolute must-visit. Prepare yourself for homemade, delicious pies that will leave you wanting more. Say goodbye to those questionable pies you find at gas stations – these are the real deal!

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Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

I’ve been on several road trips along the N2 from Cape Town to East London, and let me tell you, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat along the way. However, I must warn you that the options become scarce between East London and Port Elizabeth, as well as Knysna and Riversdale, so it’s wise to stock up on food when traveling between these towns. As someone who loves pies, these road trips have been a gastronomic delight for me. Although, I have to admit, my hips may not be so pleased!

1. Peregine Farmstall, Elgin

Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

I’ve never seen the Peregrine car park empty, except when it’s closed. You go there for delicious meals at great prices, including breakfast all day. They also have a variety of breads and other farm stall treats. And let’s not forget about their amazing venison pie! The best part is that you can buy frozen pies to bake at home, and they always turn out delicious. Trust me, the venison pie is a must-try.

Here are the important details: They’re open every day from 7:30 to 18:30, except on Christmas Day. You can contact them at Tel 0218489011 or visit their website www.peregrinefarmstall.co.za.

Now, let’s move on to the next farm stall.

2. Houw Hoek Farm Stall, Grabouw

Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

When you see a sign outside that proudly proclaims “famous Houw Hoek pies” for all passersby to notice, you know you’re dealing with serious business. As I pulled up, I noticed several people leaving with unmistakable pie packages. Curious, I asked them about the pies, and without fail, every single person lit up and exclaimed, “best pies ever!” And guess what? They were absolutely right.

I decided to try their bobotie pie, and oh boy, it was a treat. The pastry was fresh and flaky, and the filling, oh the filling, it was bursting with mouthwatering Malay-style mince. Trust me when I say this, they deserve the title of “best pie on the N2.” But don’t just take my word for it. Next time you come across that sign, do yourself a favor and grab a pie. See for yourself how amazing they truly are!

Opening Times: We’re open every day, except for Christmas Day, from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Contact Information: Give us a call at 0282849015 or visit our website at www.houwhoekfarmstall.co.za.

3. Priella Farm Stall, near Bot River

Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

I’m delighted to tell you about Priella, which you’ll find on the R43, just 3km off the N2. It’s a great place to stop if you’re traveling along the R43 towards Hermanus. The restaurant has new owners who took over in December 2014. They’re doing a fantastic job of providing affordable and delicious home-cooked meals. The restaurant itself has a charming and unique atmosphere, with old vinyl records used as place-mats, interesting art on the walls, and cozy couches to relax on (perfect for a quick nap before continuing your journey). One of their standout dishes is the pie with onion rings, chips, and gravy – it’s a generous and satisfying meal. You might find yourself needing a nap on those comfy couches afterwards! If you happen to be traveling on a Sunday, they offer a three-course Sunday roast for just R75 per person. I’m sure it’s a treat!

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Priella is open every day from 8:00 to 17:00, so you have plenty of time to stop by and enjoy a meal. If you want to get in touch with them, you can give them a call at 0282849567.

Now, let me tell you about another wonderful spot – Ou Meul Bakkery in Riviersonderend.

Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

So, get this: I was heading to this bakery in Riviersonderend, and I mentioned it to a girl in a nearby shop. She laughed and told me that everyone goes crazy for those pies! Can you believe it? She said her family in the Free State even demands that she brings them a whole box when she visits!

Isn’t it funny how there are people who just can’t resist these pies? I have a friend who always makes us stop at this bakery whenever we drive by. She needs to stock up on pies for herself and her dad. I guess once you’ve tried them, you can’t help going back for more. They must be really delicious. Oh, and apparently, they make a mean cup of coffee too. That’s the icing on the cake, or rather, the coffee with the pie!

You should definitely check this place out. The pies are a must-try, and I bet you won’t be able to resist their charm. Plus, I heard the coffee is pretty great too. Trust me, once you’ve had a taste, you’ll be hooked.

Here’s all the info you need:

Times: Open Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Sundays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Contact: To get in touch, call them at 0282611568 or visit their website at www.oumeul.co.za.

5. Blue Crane Farm Shop, Heidelberg

Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

I had the chance to try many different types of pies along the N2, but the pepper steak pie at this place didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It was still a decent pie, and you could tell it was homemade, but it lacked the peppery kick I was hoping for. However, The Blue Crane is a delightful little spot that is definitely worth a visit. You can take a break, stretch your legs, and enjoy a tasty meal. Plus, they have a friendly cat that likes to hang out on the tables outside, and they have a fascinating collection of dolls that you should check out. And to top it all off, the blue roof of the restaurant is impossible to miss.

If you’re planning to stop by, they are open every day from 8:00 to 17:00. You can reach them at Tel 0287222651.

6. Delish, Heidelberg

Their pies are absolutely incredible – so incredible, in fact, that both times I swung by, they were completely sold out! I have to admit, I was a little disappointed not to sink my teeth into one, but it’s a fantastic sign of just how delicious their pies must be. Of course, I did visit late in the afternoon, so I’ll definitely need to make it a point to swing by earlier next time. And you know what? Their selection of local wines and craft beers is top-notch as well. I also couldn’t help but notice that they earned a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence this year… sounds like I’m in for a treat when I manage to snag one of those pies!

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If you’re curious about their opening hours, here they are: Mondays and Tuesdays from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sundays from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. And if you need to get in touch, just give them a call at 0287221850 or visit their website at www.delishn2.co.za.

7. Ou Tronk, Riversdale

Are these the absolute best pie stops on the N2 MzansiBride

I have to say, my chicken pie was pretty average, but still yummy enough to dig into! Now, I got there kinda late, about an hour before they closed, so fair’s fair, the pie must have come out of the oven earlier in the day. But don’t worry, you should still swing by here. The garden is just delightful, with its peaceful fountain and enormous avocado tree. It’s easily one of the coolest stops along the N2, and it’s definitely one of my all-time favorite discoveries on my road trips. This place has quite a history too. Originally, it was a trading store back in 1838, and then it turned into a jail. Believe it or not, the only execution ever carried out in Riversdale happened right here in this building. But don’t let that creepy past scare you away! Since 2009, it’s been transformed into a cozy coffee shop. Inside, you’ll find a treasure trove of antiques, art, vintage clothes, and jewelry, all displayed in the original jail cells. And oh boy, the tiny nursery outside is simply stunning. Make sure to swing by on Saturday mornings—there’s a fabulous market waiting for you.

Times: The farm is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Contact: You can reach them at 0287134300.

8. Nanaga Farm Stall, near Grahamstown

I’ve got to admit, I never got the chance to step foot inside Nanaga. I made an unfortunate mistake and dozed off in the backseat, so my friends zoomed by without stopping. When I woke up, it was too late to savor their famous pies. However, from what everyone tells me, this place is the ultimate pie destination. If so many people vouch for it, it must be true! Nanaga Farm Stall is on my to-do list, and once I finally taste one of their pies, I’ll make sure to update this blog!

Times: They’re open every day, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day, from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
Contact: To get in touch, dial 0414680353 or visit their website: www.nanaga.co.za

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