Perched on the side of a steep slope overlooking Camps Bay and the jagged needle of coastline that stretches out into the horizon, is The Roundhouse, a restaurant and venue, well-loved by those in the know for its brunches and views. It delivered on both counts for us as we headed up there for brunch on our second morning in Cape Town. Originally a guardhouse built by the Dutch East India Company, its position of height on Table Mountain and its surroundings - mainly trees - put it in the perfect spot to identify threats out at sea. Now it just offers fantastic views and equally impressive food.
From the photos inside the building itself - which is indeed round - you can tell that the building has had quite an interesting history, but nowadays it is a place where celebrations take place (many weddings and functions are held there) and where good food can be enjoyed on a series of lawns set at different heights of the grounds.
I would have liked to have returned to The Roundhouse for another brunch - or maybe for dinner one evening - as it was the kind of place you come to spend a decnt amount of time with no pressure put on you by the staff to leave your comfy chair and hand the view over to someone else. Indeed... there was plenty of it to go around.
Frances M. Thompson
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