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Lady Of The Forest

Lokal is a unique pop-up restaurant which opens its doors to the public once a month. The venue is in Baardskeerdersbos which is a tranquil village that is home to an eclectic mix of artists, intertwined with a down-to-earth farming community. Be prepared to set aside a laid back afternoon as you work your way through a four-course set menu prepared with only the freshest and finest local produce, much of which gets grown and processed on the property. This is the time to indulge in all your sensory pleasures with the experience being a symphony of tastes, sights, sounds and the feel of wholesome living. Enjoy an impromptu stroll through the magical forest to visit the ‘Lady of the Forest’ and feel inspired as you while away the afternoon with hosts who have a passion for good food that encompasses a way of life. Booking is of course, essential. Contact Lokal to subscribe to their mailing list and be kept updated about upcoming pop-up dates.

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The journey to Lokal weaves its way through more than just the winding BBos (Baardskeerdersbos) road that passes rolling green hills and sleepy farm houses. In fact, inspiration first sprouted on the clifftops in De Kelders where Stanley and Lainy Carpenter’s,  Whalesong Lodge stands proudly bathed in champagne air. The couple initially started spending quality time at their property in BBos to create an even balance between work and leisure time. Very soon they began selling sumptuous sandwiches and home baked tarts to visitors exploring the BBos Art Route.

It was on one such Art Route that Stanley and Lainy were reunited with Chef Suzy whom they had previously met at Gaaitjie in Paternoster. The trio enthusiastically decided to join forces and created what has now become one of the most sought after pop-up restaurant experiences in the country.

Lokal strives to be as local and ‘Lokal’ as possible. Stanley and Lainy strive to be as self-sufficient as possible and meals are prepared using produce that the couple grow and process on the property. This implies that whatever doesn't get bought, gets grown, pressed, preserved and baked on the premises. The fresh home-baked sourdough bread is irresistible and continues to get rave reviews.

Speciality products such as trout, local cheese, cured meats and fynbos honey are all sourced from the surrounding farms. Internationally acclaimed wines from neighbouring wine estates, as well as award winning craft beers brewed at nearby microbreweries, are served. There is a ‘please don't bring your own’ policy as Lokal follow through with their ‘Lokal is lekker’ theme.

The pop-up menus are themed and have included gatherings around themes such as ‘Our Persian Version’, ‘Fed From The Fire’ and ‘Inshore, underground cooking’. Recipes are unique and created especially for the moment. You can expect to pay R450 per head for a four course set menu which includes a handcrafted cocktail on arrival and a sampling of Chef Suzy’s deliciously flavoured witblits. Lokal can accommodate special dietary needs if requested ahead of the pop-up event.

Set off from the main road that runs through BBos, Lokal immediately catches the eye. A building with clean, simple lines that blends in perfectly with lush green surroundings. What makes it even more unique is the fact that it is totally off the grid. The venue is intimate yet can comfortably seat 30 guests which makes it ideal for small functions. Modern meets rustic in the spacious open-plan interior, with the wooden floors and solid wooden tables immediately creating the warm and cosy feeling one gets out in the countryside. Meals are prepared using a wood burning oven and gas top. Serving dishes compliment the taste adventure with bowls, plates and utensils being works of art in a pleasingly functional way.

There is a forest behind Lokal which leads off from the back of the property and hides what can only be described as a gardeners paradise. Fruit trees lazily guard fruit and vegetable patches bursting with strawberries, beetroot, spinach, onions and artichokes, all of which thrive on the rich fertile soil. Here, leiwater furrows wind their way past their thirsty charges and it is plain to see that this is a eco-friendly and self sufficient establishment. Whatever isn't used in its fresh form gets preserved by means of drying, bottling, curing, salting and pickling. The industrious  trio even press olive oil from their own olive trees.

Children over the age of 12 are welcome and younger children can be accommodated on request. There is a lovely grass patch which is perfect for impromptu picnics and a hidden surprise just waiting to be discovered in the nearby forest clearing...

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