I’ve often driven past the Leisure Isle Gallery complex but never stopped to have a closer look. This week, with some time to kill, I spent a delightful hour browsing the Gallery and Antiques Shop, then topped it off with a hot chocolate and a chat to Nadine Cooke, the owner of the Coffee Shop.
The Gallery is a collection of works from artists around the country, and a couple of locals including fine artist and painter Melissa Daitz who lives in Sedgefield, and wood sculptor, John Michael Metelerkamp of Knysna.
As a some-time collector of china cups and saucers, I found the Antiques Shop quite fascinating. There are also some interesting collections of silverware, cutlery, glassware, jewellery and books.
The Coffee Shop is quaint and welcoming with a cosy inside area and the option to sit outside under two giant wild fig trees. The story of the trees (Ficus Natalensis) is described on the front of the menu, which tells how they grew from fence posts brought from Natal 60 years ago.
The building itself was one of the first to be built on Leisure Island and was originally a petrol and service garage.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
The Coffee Shop is popular with locals and one can see why. The menu is simple and well-priced and the cakes, scones, muffins and cheesecakes are all baked on the premises by Nompumzo, who was trained by Nadine. A slice of chocolate cake is R18, filter coffee is R10.
Light meals (R38-R48) include chicken burgers, cottagepie and vegetables, pork sausage and mash potato, and quiche and garden salad.
I settled for a hot chocolate (R17) and regretted not ordering scones with jam and cream, which I saw Nadine preparing for another table.