Another little gem discovered whilst romping around in the Freestate, is the magic “Living Life Station Café” situated on the outskirts of Ladybrand on the original tracks of the (now haunted and derelict) train station.
Aptly renamed by my 7 year old daughter as “Loving Life”….this little station café is pure, unadulterated whimsy, in its ram-shackled beauty and delightful approach to food and décor that is all about romantic, wholesome, arty living…
Living Life is set on a small holding that boasts a herb and veggie garden of note, alongside roses to die for…a cosy indoor function venue complete with fireplace, quaint indoor and outdoor patio dining areas with lounging pockets, food and homeware deli, spa, cottage accommodation, and a kiddies playground including retro antique caravan, trampoline, and rope swing – paradise!
Their menu is small, but well considered using fresh, seasonal ingredients – as many out of the garden as possible – including a super selection for the kiddies. I enjoyed a couple of excellent rectangular pizzas made all the more flavoursome because of their genuine clay oven in which they also create the most wonderful breads for daily soups, Ploughmans platters and saucy dishes requiring mop up maintenance (the mussel starter is truly sublime and very saucy!).
I could go on and on about their attention to detail from their daily fresh table flowers to the cosy fireplace which burns throughout the day in winter, and the hand crafted wire chandelier in the bathroom…the truth is that I am a sucker for details – and Living Life has it all down to the “t”!
Lastly, on the first Friday evening of every month, Living Life hosts a Moonshine Market boasting all kinds of hand crafted bits and pieces and yummy treats. In the winter months, the market is indoors in their function room – and in the summer – where-else but under the stars in their beautiful garden with strings of bare bulbs for extra light.
So when you find yourself passing through Ladybrand – don’t forget about this little place of pleasure, which lives up to its name in the best ways possible!
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.