When I received an invitation to visit The Coffee Bru, a coffee shop and restaurant set in the Kragga Kamma Game Park, I was excited for two reasons – firstly, I’m a self-confessed coffeeholic and I’m always on the lookout for new coffee shops to visit, and secondly, I could never turn down an invitation to eat food! I happily accepted the invitation, and on Sunday, Arnold and I travelled the Kragga Kamma Road that leads to the coffee shop tucked away in the bush of the Bay’s very own game park.
The Coffee Bru is a warm and inviting establishment, and we instantly felt at home. The coffee shop’s down to earth decor and atmosphere is just what you’d expect to find at a coffee shop in the heart of a game park. After we were seated, we looked out the window and, from our table, we saw a cheetah in the enclosure next to the restaurant – a great start to our afternoon!
We started off our meal with one short cappuccino each (R25), and while sipping on our coffee, we perused the menu to find the perfect Sunday grub. The coffee shop and restaurant has an extensive menu, and serves breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, pies and an assortment of desserts. Besides a variety of coffee, The Coffee Bru also serves some sweet milkshakes that would put other crazy shakes to shame!
While The Coffee Bru serves a braaied lunch or potjie every Sunday, we decided to try something off the menu, and we each ordered a homemade chicken and bacon pie (R65). The pies come with a choice of chips or salad, so Arnold opted for chips and I chose the salad so that we could try both. I was taken aback by the price of the pie at first, but when it arrived, the final verdict was that the pie is good value for money. The portion is more than enough for one person, and it could easily be shared between two people! Unlike many salads served with main meals at restaurants, my salad was fresh and a tasty compliment to the pie. While Arnold enjoyed his chips, there was no way he could finish them after that pie!
The Coffee Bru also caters for the Bay’s budding vegan community with vegan-friendly meals, including a vegan burger with a smoked chickpea, black bean, butternut and sweet potato patty, and a vegan roast vegetable pie. They also serve vegan milkshakes, and you can substitute cow’s milk in your coffee for almond or soy milk for an extra 10 Rand.
The Coffee Bru is a must-visit for coffee lovers and anyone looking for a hearty, homemade meal, whether it be for Sunday lunch, or an afternoon outing. The next time you’re looking for a new spot for coffee and an escape from the city, without having to travel too far, take a trip to The Coffee Bru – it’s worth the drive!
If you’re thinking about planning a day trip to Kragga Kamma Game Park and The Coffee Bru, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Entrance to the park is R90 for adults and R40 for scholars (kids age 0 – 3 years can enter the park for free)
- The game park is a 20 minute drive from Port Elizabeth
- The coffee shop and restaurant is open seven days a week from 8am to 5pm
- There is seating inside and out on the deck, which means that you can visit The Coffee Bru come rain or shine
- The restaurant does a braai or potjie every Sunday – don’t forget to book a table as the restaurant gets busy on a Sunday