By William Baldie
In the bustling Church Street of Durbanville an unexpected, charming eatery and floral design studio can be found with beautifully handmade baskets and large vases filled with hydrangeas. Immediately your eye is drawn to an immaculate wooden table, slightly distressed, that beckons you to bide your time while enjoying herbal tea with homemade savoury tarts.
Studio Rose has been open for more than a year now and owners Jacquie and Peter admits that although theyre not your average toasted ham and cheese caf, business is going well and locals are very supportive. Its the perfect little spot to pop in for some quiet time before the kids need to be picked up from school and with WiFi, Studio Rose is the perfect meeting place to finish off some business.
Peter Rose is a floral designer with extensive experience in the industry. Its easy to spot his creativeness with the incorporation of up-cycled items as dcor and furniture. On one of the walls there are bold antique bed head rests, adding some drama to the wall. Peter lives on a flower farm in Simondium where he sources all the fresh flowers that are available at Studio Rose and he can also assist with a full floral service for corporate functions. The place mats on the tables are handmade from an invasive non-indigenous plant fibre and add to the clean, but comfortable style of dcor. These place mats as well as baskets which are made from the same plant fibre, are for sale or can be ordered from Studio Rose.
The food at Studio Rose is unpretentious and homemade with quality ingredients. Cakes and bakes, including the farm bread, is prepared on the premises on a daily basis. Jacquie Collins explains that they try to cook according to the seasons and incorporate seasonal ingredients. Their savoury tarts, of which the flavours change weekly, are quite popular as well as the homemade flatbread with spicy chicken filling. She says that they make the most amazing soups and stews during the winter months.
Studio Rose is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 4:30. They can host small functions for up to 20 people and are open to approaches from chefs who would like to make use of the venue for pop-up style dining evenings. They advertise any specials and events on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Once a month Studio Rose hosts a vintage market, usually on a Friday evening and it’s quite a cheerful affair with laid back music and vendors showcasing old school products and accessories.
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