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Readers Restaurant

12 Church Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
+27 232300087
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Ranked #2 of 15 restaurants in Tulbagh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $14
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Continental, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The oldest house in Church Street , Tulbagh – Readers. Offering simple, outstanding local and global cuisine, has been able to maintain a standard of excellence that has created a notable reputation with both locals and tourists. The cuisine varies on a daily basis depending on the availability of fresh produce. This provides Carol Collins – Silwood trained Cordon Bleu Chef -a certain challenge in ensuring the creation of dishes using imagination, flair and superb presentation. Certain dishes have become trademarks at Readers but the focus remains on variety, fusion of flavours and combination of unusual ingredients.
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English first
Durbanville, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

So welcoming when we walked in late afternoon wanting a late lunch. Offered us a sherry straight away which was a great old fashion touch which suit this Restaurant as it is housed in the oldest house in church street. The cat theme was great being a cat lover myself and the resident cat ot cats are friendly. The food... More

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Constantia, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Great welcome after a long weekend away, all the food looked and tasted divine, and was served on warm plates, vegetables stirfried and fresh which were fantastic. Interesting menu with chocolate stuffed chicken breast and lamb strudel. The bobotie was traditional and very tasty. The service was friendly and quick. Carol came and talked us through the ice creams -... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Karlina was a great waitress - friendly and helpful. The food was excellent - the pulled pork with guiness was amazing and the chocolate in the chicken breast was great. Carol the owner was great with information of what to do in the area, and the wines were great and affordable. Overall and great evening and to end with a... More

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Cape Town
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We loved the South African flavours and meats on the menu - we had Kudu carpaccio starter with asparagus and then the Wildebeest fillet in Amarula and gooseberry sauce and a Pulled Pork with apple and vegetables for main. The service by Karlina was excellent and all the courses were very good (the pork dish needed a touch gravy for... More

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Chorley
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

After all the good reviews we had read we were looking forward to eating in this restaurant. However from the outset it was disappointing. It was a warm evening and we were unable to eat inside as it was too hot. The service was pleasant, but amateurish. The wine list bore no relationship to what was actually available. The starter... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time write and review and give us negative and positve feedback. Constructive criticism is always welcome. This gives me the chance to chat to the staff and bring these points re the service and wine to their attention, and will look at the recipes. thank and kind regards Carol More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Owner / Chef Carol makes the most outstanding combinations...personal favourites were the Beef Fillet and the Lamb Shank! The live cats were too cute and the memorabilia was fascinating...everything you could imagine about cats! Had such a wonderful atmosphere and food that we returned the second night. Was a special time, we will never forget!

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for writing this review and for coming twice to Readers during your stay in Tulbagh. The shank is also one of my favourite dishes and will have it again soon on the menu. Look forward to seeing both of you again soon. Thanks kind regards Carol More

Worcester, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This was the second highlight of our road trip - been here many years ago and it was better than I remembered We were a biggish table and all the food was divine, beautifully presented and the flavour combination amazing. Fantastic and friendly service - we all agreed the kudu carpaccio with asparagus as a starter was a definite winner,... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and it was great to see you after so many years. The kudu carpaccio is produced by the local butcher and the bobotie is one of those traditional recipes that has been past down to me by one of the locals of the Valley. -She also thanks you for these kind... More

Zambia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We had a fantastic evening, nice wine, excellent service, and very good food all round. I’ll be back for the awesome Trout!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We were recommended to go Readers for valentines evening and our host booked us in. From a welcome sherry to the coffee at the end of the meal we were treated like kings and queens. The staff excellent - attentive and friendly - nothing was a problem and they went the extra mile with my funny dietary requirements. The food... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for writing the review and for joining us on the Saturday night for dinner. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Tulbagh and look forward to welcoming you back soon. - I have made a few new ice cream flavours this week - and like I always say - Flavours are for me to know and for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Thank you Readers Restaurant for making our wedding anniversary and my husbands birthday an evening to remember. Upon arrival we where taken to our table that was specially decorated for the occasion. A bottle of MCC on ice with flowers on the table, was a small touch of appreciation for the evening, yet to come. We where looked after really... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write this review and for choosing Readers not only to celebrate your wedding anniversary in but also your husbands birthday. Please do not wait another year to come back More

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