After publishing our article on some of the best lemon meringue pies in the country, we received much feedback from our readers, and very welcomed feedback indeed. When we release such an article, we expect such commentary and opinions, because everyone will have their own version of what they consider the best and where this best comes from, especially when the topic is one of South Africa’s most loved desserts. So with much delight here is our readers’ guide to the finest lemon meringue spots in SA.
Polka is a stand-out gem in the small town of Graaff Reinet. It offers a modern approach to country food and a quaint dressed-up Karoo cottage that has a charming bunting-adorned garden area. Order a chunky slice of lemon meringue pie that has been finished off with crispy meringue peaks.
Nanaga Farm Stall
Nanaga is your quintessential South Africa farmstall, situated in the Eastern Cape, beside dairy farms and scenes of cows grazing. It is run by a mother-daughter duo and has been under their care for over 40 years. Make a lunch stopover here if you’re traveling along the N2, and don’t miss the lemon meringue tartlets.
Set in middle Karoo, Daggaboer embodies the traditional South African farmstall, and has been thought of as one of the best in the country. The facade epitomises the Karoo and inside you’ll find over 50 types of jams and preserves, pies, biltong, and of course homemade lemon meringue pie.
The Farmer’s Daughter
The Farmer’s Daughter is a modern café situated in the Midlands. The double volume industrial-like face brick building provides a light and airy space for relaxed eating. The Farmer’s Daughter is well-known for their exceptional cakes, and the lemon meringue is no different.
The Beach Break Café
Right on the beach and beneath the trees sits The Beach Break Café, offering the perfect beach side lunch spot. It embraces the holiday vibe of its surroundings and serves breakfast, lunch, and freshly baked cakes.
The Trading Post
The Trading Post is a quirky outdoor café in Parys attached to an art gallery and decor shop. The quaint café spills out into a garden and offers a daily changing cake menu. Call ahead to check that the lemon meringue pie is on the menu.
Silver Birch Restaurant
Silver Birch sits in the lifestyle and garden centre in Randpark, offering an exquisite tea garden that has been open for over 2 decades. They serve high tea, with a lemon meringue pie on the menu that is well-regarded as the best in the area.