If you’re looking for a quick escape from the city in a tranquil setting with great food, then we’ve got the answer.

The Forum White Light and The Kitchen at L’antico Giardino is only a 20-minute drive from Johannesburg but feels like you are miles away from the bustle of the city. Surrounded by amazing gardens and an orchard in the middle of a lush farm, this is the perfect way to escape the rat race and relax.

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After only travelling for 15 minutes (even with braving Fourways traffic), we turn onto a road that snakes up and stops at a beautiful lemon orchard. It was a lovely Jozi afternoon and the sun was starting to set.

Escape the city without travelling too far
Only 20 minutes from Joburg, near Lanseria but is tucked away. Each beautiful room has its own patio and bathroom.

We settled into our rooms, one of the suites in the house, which shares a kitchen and lounge. Each room has its own patio and bathroom. The house can also be rented out by a group. We sat outside on the patio with a cup of tea and complimentary biscotti. You’ll have a great night’s sleep because each room has a king-sized bed with a soft duvet. There are no aircons (as there is a focus on sustainability), but the room was still cool. For rates, click here.

The other guests arrived, and after an ice-cold glass of white wine on the patio, we left for the wedding venue in a golf cart – you know just a regular Wednesday evening.

Wedding venue
Any special occasions like a wedding or year-end function can be arranged. The Forum will do the decor and food. From 40 guests.

The Forum offers wedding planning with a magnificent venue to match that includes a chapel and a beautiful outdoor area on the lawn. We were treated to a tasty cocktail of elderflower cordial, gin and bubbly (this is going to my drink of summer) and delicious canapes. The clouds started to come in and then the heavens opened up. We were then whisked away in our trusty golf cart stead to The Kitchen at L’antico Giardino.

Farm to table food
With a focus on sustainability, the chef sources locally where possible. This is simple food, done well that tastes incredible.

The menu changes seasonally (which is a great reason to keep on going back). We were treated to an amazing spread with delicious salads, possibly the best beef and sauce I have ever tasted and a s’mores bar. We sat inside with the doors open while we watched the rain. This would be a great spot to grab a delicious lunch over the weekend or try out their brunch options. They also have vegan options.

What I liked about The Forum White Light & The Kitchen at L'antico Giardino
– it’s really close to Joburg but feels far away – the food is delicious and fresh – amazing service – the rooms are beautiful and comfy

The Kitchen at L’antico Giardino

Open Sat & Sun from 8am – 4pm

Click here to book a table | View the menu | thekitchen@theforum.co.za

The Forum White Light

Portion 17 Farm 543, Nooitgedacht Pine Valley Road, Lanseria

+27 (0)11 575 3888 | info@theforum.co.za | @theforumwhitelight | theforum.co.za

Disclaimer: All4Women was given a night at The Forum White Light as well as dinner in exchange for a review.