“Beestekraal” Station Restaurant

That lovely garden scene from the station platform

That lovely garden scene from the station platform

My last post showed a lady in pink tending her garden. I indicated that this photo was taken at a restaurant which used to be a station.

But this is no ordinary restaurant. While you wait for your food to be prepared, there are plenty of things to keep you busy and entertained (and then there is also the occasional train which goes by!).

The station restaurant from over the rail tracks

The station restaurant from over the rail tracks

There is a shop/museum which is filled with memorabilia from yesteryear – mostly to do with railways and trains. But I am sure you would find some of those old teapots and spoons that your grannie used to have, if you just looked hard enough!

If the museum and touristy items are of no interest, then there is the outside of the building to enjoy. On the front and side walls, lovely, life sized images have been painted showing scenes of station life from another time.

Ticket office surrounded by graffiti

Ticket office surrounded by graffiti

Visitors to the restaurant have added their own mark to the establishment, with each brick in the wall having been annotated with a “graffiti” message. Wherever the viewer looked, there was another detail, message or mark – some romantic and some humorous. The result is very busy, intriguing, interesting and certainly unique.

Graffiti left on the walls by visitors

“Do not spit here” = graffiti left on the walls by visitors

Baggage pickup that way! More messages from restaurant patrons

Baggage pickup that way! More messages from restaurant patrons

As I have already indicated in the previous post, we stopped at this unusual establishment for lunch. Not only was the food delicious, but the quirkiness of the place was also fascinating.

Me being silly and annoying the donkey!

Me being silly and annoying the donkey!

More detail on the side wall

More detail on the side wall

Even visiting the “Happy House” was unusual. One had to cross the main railway lines to a small building on the far side to find the inside of the toilet block had also been decorated – with old sewing pattern envelopes!

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11 Responses to “Beestekraal” Station Restaurant

  1. I l.o.v.e. this place: quaint and whimsical. Love the art and almost chocked on my coffee as I read “Happy House”. Does everyone call it that there as well or have you adopted the term. 😀 😀 😀 I like this saying. Thanks for reminding me.

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  2. Ineke says:

    I love to see all the Afrikaans names! (Hope you don’t me correcting you- heading is Beestekraa-L)

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  3. macmsue says:

    Enjoyed the wonderful photos. Your “Happy House’ bit reminded me of Mum. Once we ran out of toilet paper and Mum put paper dress patterns in there for us to use. 🙂

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    • Madoqua says:

      Oh my! I wonder if that is what happened to the contents of the pattern envelopes? 😆
      I rather liked the styles that were around in those days – many have become popular again.

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  4. pommepal says:

    What an interesting place.

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