The Valley Bakery in the hilly slopes of the Drakensburg has become more than just a bakery in the Berg, it has become a Berg Institution. Travelers should not dream about vacationing in the Berg without stopping at this prized gem tucked away beyond an airstrip and behind rows of tall shady trees.
This past weekend we made two stops at the Valley Bakery and we were not disappointed. On the first occasion, it was a glorious sunny day and we decided to have a cold beverage and treat in the shade of the verandah. Delicious looking biscuits, donuts and breads are the first treats that you notice when entering the bakery. There is also display cabinets showing off cute kitchen wares, baby clothes and various arts and crafts.
Multiple cakes line the counters and sit in the cool fridges for customers to choose from, definitely making your mouth water at every sight. Creamy milkshakes, lemon meringue pies, cooked shoestring chips and quiche were our choice of the day and we could not falter the Bakery on any of these. On the second occasion, it was a chilly day and we were soothed by warm cappuccinos, a pepper steak pie and a slice of milk tart. Again we were left feeling satisfied that we had had a hearty meal which made us feel warm on the inside. The Bakery prices are reasonable and trust us, every penny spent will be worth it.
The Bakery is also known for its display of art that decorates the walls, which can be purchased by customers should they fall in love with the paintings. The Bakery setting creates a sense of homeliness that soothes you and you feel like you are part of the family that runs the Bakery. The Bakery is owned and run by a family who operates a stone ground flour mill specializing in making the flour which is used to make the delicious baked goods one can purchase there. The family has ensured that their Bakery accommodates the whole family and have built an outside play area for visiting children, leaving relaxed parents enjoying the sounds of their children’s laughter.