2 Friends Guest House, Restaurant & Bar
2 Friends is a family run business that was started in 2002 by Diana Ellertsdottir and two of her sons initially as a restaurant. 3 years later, it evolved into a homely Guest House that now offers weary travellers, businessmen, families a place to relax, make new friends and simply enjoy themselves.
There are 20 rooms, of which 19 have King size beds and 1 has two single beds – there an additional 8 single beds available for any guests who have unexpected friends or family join them. The rooms are spacious, light and airy. Each room has a fitted mosquito net, a television with DSTV, wireless internet, a fan, a big wardrobe and a spacious shower with superb water pressure! (There are no baths). The rooms are all tastefully furnished, homely and really comfortable to stay in.
Some of the rooms surround the pool area, where guests can enjoy food and drink services. There are sculptures made by Jinja sculptor, Peter Isuge that adorn the pool side along with a lot of green leafy plants, pot plants and palm trees that make the pool side look like something of an oasis in a desert. There is a little waterfall that has been built into the pool and the sound of the water cascading down in the pool just adds to the overall ambience of the poolside. It is a beautiful place to simply relax, swim, read a book, enjoy an afternoon drink, meditate, chat with friends or simply be.
A European breakfast buffet is served at the Guest House which offers fresh bread (home-made) fruits, vegetables, cheese, homemade jam, cereals, sausages, potatoes, baked beans, eggs (prepared the way you like them), fresh fruit juice, wonderfully tasty brewed coffee, plus English and African tea – Oh, and there is also delicious home-made chocolate, which I ate with relish on both of the mornings.
Breakfast can be served from as early as 6am and usually continues until around 11am. Because it feels so much like being at home, the breakfast times may vary as this often depends on the needs of the guests or when they actually wake up – there is no pressure to be at breakfast at a stipulated time – although breakfast isn’t served the entire day.
Lunches and dinners are served at the Restaurant which is located right next door to the Guest House – the two are interconnected – however, if guests want a more private dining experience then arrangements can be made with one of the friendly, efficient staff members to have dinner at the Guest House.
The restaurant is open from around 6pm-10pm (Monday-Saturday) and on Sunday from 4pm-10pm – once again, this all depends on the number of guests. There is a wood burning pizza oven at 2 Friends and the chefs that operate it make the most delicious tasting pizzas. I put them to the test by asking them to make me a pizza that consisted only of vegetables and a tomato base (no cheese) – not an easy task when you consider that the pizza had the potential to come out looking and tasting like wood – it was really delicious and it wasn’t dry at all – in fact, just thinking about that pizza now makes my mouth water.
Aside from the pizzeria, the restaurant also serves Continental, Indian and African meals, so there is a little something for everyone. On one of the evenings, I tried out their Grilled Tilapia fillets that are served with home-made tartar sauce, chips and salad and it was a really good, satisfying meal – actually, it was finger licking stuff. The food is really good regardless of whether you are ordering from the restaurant or the pizzeria.
2 Friends Guest House, Restaurant & Bar is fully licensed with a wide variety of wines (red and white), beers, spirits and cool drinks (sodas). The bar is a good place to get to meet other people if you are staying at the guest house alone. It is actually really festive as the bar area has a number of sports televisions, a dart board, a pool table, foos ball (table football for all you South Africans out there) and Wii is also available.
If anyone wants to try their hand at a bit of Putt Putt (crazy golf) then that’s available too – the cost is 3,000/= per person for one hour, but don’t be fooled, this is not as easy as it looks, although it is great fun.
Did you know:-
The bread rolls are home-made
There is 24 Hour security
There is a computer with internet facilities available at reception for guests to use
The swimming pool can only be used by guests
It takes around an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Jinja from Kampala (91km’s) and there are two routes you can take. A) Gayaaza Road (the road is being worked on at the moment) and B) Jinja Road.
“Come as a guest, leave as a friend” is their motto and truer words were never spoken. 2 Friends is a homely, friendly, comfortable Guest House that has become more than just “2 friends” to me and I am looking really forward to “going home” again soon.
For more information & reservations, please contact:-
2 Friends Guest House, Restaurant & Bar
Plot 5/6 Jackson Crescent, Jinja
Mobile: +256 783 160804.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.2friends.info