Sunday, November 14, 2010


Tiffany, Dayne’s gorgeous girlfriend has finally turned 21 and
they came down from Victoria Falls to celebrate the occassion with family and friends. Dayne wanted to surprise her with a lovely special evening and tasked me with the job of finding the right venue for classy drinks and snacks. Now for a town with a restaurant, coffee shop or cafe on every corner (I am not exaggerating here) this turned out to be surprisingly difficult. For a small evening celebration there are not a lot of places that are either small enough to feel comfortable or open in the evening.

However the lovely Pembroke Place stepped up to the plate and really did us proud.

I have to point out that Pembroke Place is not the actual name of the restaurant, but since its opening, over a year ago, if you talk about “going to Pembroke Place” everyone knows you mean the restaurant and the actual name has blended into the background and even I don’t know what it’s called.. Anyway Sam Webster and her husband Dean (owner, manager, chef and waiter), have managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat when it comes to catering. The setting is stunning. A huge – and I mean huge – granite kopje dominates the restaurant with beautiful gardens, shady trees and emerald green lawns – a definite plus in water-rationed Bulawayo.

Set up on the veranda, Sam sent out platters of snacks – miniature cheesies, baby burgers (Dean’s secret recipe) and crispy potato wedges – piquant dips, olives and feta cheese and traditional biltong – and lots of it !! Drinks served from the bar kept the party going and even though we departed at a decent hour, I am told the youngsters kept it going until the wee hours. Even after all that, Sam arrived at work the next morning looking as fresh as a daisy and ready for another busy day in the kitchen.

This is one couple who deserve to make a success of their business and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this venue for anyone looking for a special event big or small.

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