Babel is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy, which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our “pick, clean and serve” approach.
Because our menu is guided by what is available in the garden, our food always reflects the season, and so in summer we may serve you a yellow salad of pineapple, gooseberries, granadillas, yellow tomatoes and apricots while in winter a slow-cooked leg of lamb in red wine is more likely. Dessert subscribes to four flavours, namely salty, bitter, sweet and sour. And while our meals are creative, we don’t like to tamper unduly with our food. Our meals are always clear in structure, so that fruit and vegetables gathered daily from the garden is often served with its skin on. Helpings are generous and depending on the weather you can take your meal in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the plane trees in the courtyard.
Functions and Weddings:
With one of the best preserved Cape Dutch farmyards in the Cape, Babylonstoren is a historic yet contemporary farm stay that is also an authentic, versatile venue. The ever-changing tapestry and rich bounty of the gardens at Babylonstoren inform everything from the facilities and activities on offer to the themes of our functions that range from weddings to private celebrations and workshops.
We have three beautiful venues: Old Cellar, Wheat Barn and White Studio. All are housed in original, beautifully restored Cape Dutch farm buildings which, with their whitewashed walls, ornate gables and thatched roofs, provide an elegant environment for a wedding party or any event for up to 100 guests.
Typically, our wedding ceremonies take place outdoors (weather permitting) and we tend to host pre-reception drinks on sun-dappled green lawns overlooking vineyards and the majestic Drakenstein Mountains, whilst wedding photographs can be taken in various locations around the garden.
The venues have their own accommodation too.
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