This year we decided to treat ourselves to an outing on Christmas day. We booked a table for Christmas breakfast at the Barn restaurant, at Irene Dairy Farm, near Centurion. Breakfast started at 8am and yes, it was quite early, but we thought it was such a brilliant idea to go out for breakfast on Christmas day instead of perhaps more traditionally for lunch though we still had Christmas lunch with our families anyway so it was a win-win for us!


Although it was a fairly foggy morning on Christmas day with rain drizzling all the way to Irene Dairy Farm, the rain eventually subsided during the course of early morning and the weather turned out to be just perfect for undercover seating outside – not too hot and not too cold. As we were a small group we were seated sharing a larger table with another group but the table was, so aptly, separated by bales of hay and decorated beautifully, while giving each group sufficient privacy.


Bales of hay


The decorations on our table included this lovely seating card (I thought the pinkie moo was too cute!) as well as Christmas crackers and an old-fashioned milk bucket! Just lovely.


Christmas breakfast decorations


Breakfast was a buffet and it cost R195.00 per person which we thought was very reasonable considering it is a planned event. The Barn was absolutely packed for breakfast on Christmas day and I’m not surprised – it is such a lovely setting, with quiet and luxuriously green surrounds, and yummy, tasty, absolutely delicious and hearty food! We probably tucked into everything, and everything just tasted divine.


The buffet menu was quite varied and did I say delicious? Lots of different pastries and muffins, cereals, fruits, yoghurts and cheeses as well as the more traditional choices of baked beans, bacon and eggs, toast and mushrooms. We couldn’t have wished for a better buffet menu for a Christmas day breakfast.


Irene Dairy Farm


After breakfast, we strolled around for a bit. We tossed a few coins in the Fountain of Life Wishing Well and made a wish! Did you know that all the coins in this fountain are collected daily by farm management and then donated to a charity of choice? That’s just awesome. A sign by the fountain said that almost R1,500.00 was collected in November 2016 and donated to a specific charity.


Wishing well


Before leaving, we had to get a few items from the Dairy Shop. I was so looking forward to this and I wasn’t disappointed! Below are some of the items we brought back home with us (including certified raw full-cream milk) and I can tell you that all the dairy products we’ve bought are rich, creamy and beyond delicious. They are far superior to any dairy products we buy in supermarkets in both texture and taste yet both the butter and milk were slightly cheaper than what they normally cost at a regular supermaket. I wish we lived closer and could just pop in whenever we needed a bottle of milk or buttermilk or a slab of butter!


Dairy Products


All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Irene Dairy Farm on Christmas day and we will definitely be back soon!


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