A European sounding menu - until you see "braised wildebeeste in red wine sauce"! I was there with a large group, seated in a private dining room, so I can't say much about the ambiance, but the grounds are lush and lovely. That's fortunate, as you'll need a stroll through them to help work off the meal. Or stay overnight - there appeared to be a number of rooms, with a swimming pool for guests.
We were served a three course lunch, with choices for each course, followed by coffee (of course - grown locally in the Vumba Mountains). The day I was there the choices were Chilled Vichyssoise or Smoked Trout Pate for appetizer (served with yummy yeast rolls); Roast Lamb (with mint sauce and quince jelly), Chicken Provencale, or the aforementioned wildebeeste for entree; and Apple Crumble or Homemade Ice-Cream and Meringue for dessert. The entrees were accompanied by acorn squash, potatoes, and broccoli, brought around after the entree came out so you could accept or decline each one.
Favorite Dish: The wildebeeeste of course! It tasted like very richly flavored beef and was surprisingly tender.
The Green Coucal, which is often known as ‘Sarah’s’ after its owner Sarah Wright, offers espresso drinks, snacks and light lunches in an aesthetically appealing setting. While you sip and sup you are surrounded by high quality art works by local (Zimbabwean) and regional (Southern Africa) artists. Of special note are beautiful wooden items produced by Sarah’s talented father, Andy Hendry.
Great cappucinos and lattes, tasty muffins and delectable sandwiches on homemade foccacia bread are available as well as homemade pasta and hearty breakfasts. Dine indoors or in the well-tended garden.
Favorite Dish: Chicken and roast vegetable sandwich on homemade foccacia bread. Fairly generous portion, really tasty chicken and delectable veggies.
Jenny’s is a 1-stop shop for candles, table linens, bric-a-brac and handicrafts. They serve coffee, snacks and light lunches in their charming garden. There is also a florist and plant nursery on the site for your flower or garden purchases. Additionally there is an aesthetician on staff offering massages and waxing and an independently owned and run hair salon.
Jenny’s has tasty scones and coffees as well as sandwiches and other lunch items.
Favorite Dish: Scones with butter, jam and whipped cream! Yummy.