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Popular Pilgrim’s business celebrates fourth birthday

Frieda Paton

On March 1ST, four years had passed since Leona Oosthuizen first opened the doors of Pancakes at the Stables in Uptown. At the same time, she joined the struggle to finalise the tenders for the businesses in Pilgrim’s Rest.

This eatery is housed in the building which, in the olden days, stabled the horses belonging to Royal Hotel guests.  Its charm lies in the rough construction of the building, offset by the street café atmosphere with the tables and large umbrellas outside, surrounded by a beautiful flower garden.

The flowers include edible flowers which Leona uses to decorate her foods.  The garden was established by her husband Pieter, who sadly passed away last year.  He was affectionately known as Piet Langoor from the time he operated a donkey cart in town.  Today, an enlarged photograph in the window creates the appearance that the two donkeys are peering out of the stable.

When Leona bought the business which previously operated from the Stables there was no lease in place, but she was not planning to lose it. She stepped up to the forefront of the struggle for finalizing the tenders – being a spokesperson on Radio Jacaranda, visiting Government Departments for information, assisting other businesses owners to complete their documents, and submitting tender documents three times.  She eventually signed the official lease documents late last year.

Pancakes at the Stables has become very popular in its short existence as evidenced by the fact that it has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the past three years.  These certificates are awarded based on the quality and quantity of reviews placed by travellers on TripAdvisor – the world’s biggest travel review website.   By the way, Pilgrim’s appears to be a good place to eat as this accolade has also been awarded to the two other established restaurants in town – The Vine Restaurant and Pilgrim’s Pantry, both in Downtown.

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