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De Molen

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Bar, Bistro, Eclectic
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R60 Swellendam | 4.8km from Swellendam, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 76 616 0168
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Description: At De Molen Pub and Bistro we have a varied menu and offer awesome steaks...
At De Molen Pub and Bistro we have a varied menu and offer awesome steaks, great pizzas and mouth-watering calamari, and some more, which can all be "topped-off" with our home made Creme Brulee. We also pride ourselves on our good and friendly service. We have inside and outside seating, and also cater for groups. So for a real value for money meal, take a break from your trip and stop in at our little roadside gem...... You will find us in the historic roadside Rheenendal Watermill just 4.8 Km outside the town of Swellendam, on the R60 towards Ashton/Montagu. (The white building on the right) We are open for lunch and dinner every day from 11h30. Sundays we close at 15h00, and on Mondays we don't open at all. It is recommended that bookings for groups larger than 8 people be made in advance. (We are new owners (since May 2014) so things are not exactly the same......Pop in and come take a look)
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good eating with a touch of excitement!

We decided to have a lunch-break here to break a long journey from Saldanha to Jeffreys Bay. Alison has only recently taken over this pub and bistro which is on the Ashton road just outside Swellendam. It is a historic old water-mill with wheel still attached and the inner workings still in good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Barrie T
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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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21 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We decided to have a lunch-break here to break a long journey from Saldanha to Jeffreys Bay. Alison has only recently taken over this pub and bistro which is on the Ashton road just outside Swellendam. It is a historic old water-mill with wheel still attached and the inner workings still in good shape and visible in the bar area.... More 

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Alison R-R R, Owner at De Molen, responded to this review

The water mill is on the agenda to be restored and we aim to have it fully functional one day soon, when the rest of the outside area is completed. It is always nice to get positive comment about our food and service, as it is an indication that we are on the right track. If there are suggestions which... More 

Alton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We arrived at De Molen for an evening meal and were made very welcome by the new owners Alison and Don, The service was good and the food was excellent value for money. Would recommend.

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Alison R-R R, Owner at De Molen, responded to this review

It was great to have you guys around, and was very happy to see you back after your first and second visit. More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Lovely heartwarming food. Cooked to order. A lovely evening was had by the five of us. We ordered steaks which were cooked to perfection. Enough food as we were hungry from travelling all day.

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Alison R-R R, Owner at De Molen, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback.... More 

Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We did a road trip to my favorite winery in Robertson and stumbled upon de molen on the advice of our guesthouse host - food was excellent - I had the carpet bagger and my wife a pizza of her own creation. Service was brilliant and prices very reasonable - definitely recommend it to anyone - way to go guys.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Stunning place with great food and very friendly staff. We popped in on a Sunday lunch on our way back from the weekend and had a fabulous pizza and the surf & turf. Prices are very reasonable for the good quality and quantity you get. Definitely well return asap.

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Castillos, Uruguay
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

What a difference a new and commited owner can make to a place. This place has the absolute unique and stunning position on the R62 and I am sure now it will come to its true potential.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Secret Spot, Great Food. Awesome Steaks, nice and friendly staff and really laid-back atmosphere. We loved it!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We have always wanted to stop here and so glad that we finally did! The setting is very cozy and welcoming, especially after a long drive; and the original machinery around the water wheel and the actual mill that still stands there is very interesting. The pizza is the best I have had by far and I think a tradition... More 

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George, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We ate here a year ago and didn't get a chance to write a review. Although the decor has improved, I'm afraid my chicken schnitzel hanging over a burger bun didn't cut it as a chicken burger. This is a bit old-style. The guys here have a LOT of enthusiasm. We will be back to see the progress. Great out... More 

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Castillos, Uruguay
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This excellent restaurant just keep on going! New owners, but still nice atmosphere and good menu. Excellent and friendly service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: R60 Swellendam | 4.8km from Swellendam, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Swellendam
  • Phone Number: +27 76 616 0168

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 12
  • Cuisine: Bar, Bistro, Eclectic

Description

At De Molen Pub and Bistro we have a varied menu and offer awesome steaks, great pizzas and mouth-watering calamari, and some more, which can all be "topped-off" with our home made Creme Brulee. We also pride ourselves on our good and friendly service. We have inside and outside seating, and also cater for groups. So for a real value for money meal, take a break from your trip and stop in at our little roadside gem...... You will find us in the historic roadside Rheenendal Watermill just 4.8 Km outside the town of Swellendam, on the R60 towards Ashton/Montagu. (The white building on the right) We are open for lunch and dinner every day from 11h30. Sundays we close at 15h00, and on Mondays we don't open at all. It is recommended that bookings for groups larger than 8 people be made in advance. (We are new owners (since May 2014) so things are not exactly the same......Pop in and come take a look)
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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