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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 2014
Price range: $7 - $13
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Continental, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
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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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

On our last overnight to Tulbagh we based our choice of dinner on guidance from Tripadvisor as well as the Guest House where we were staying. Reader's was highly recommended, and the fact that it had a cat-themed shop on the premises also didn't hurt (me being a crazy cat lady). The dinner was enjoyable, the atmosphere cosy, and everything... More

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Suider Paarl, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

what a great welcome, made to feel at home, staff friendly and helpful, loved the cats. Food amazing and wine affordable and ice cream combinations fab

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A lovely quirky place with plenty of cat decor in the adjacent Curious Cat. Lovely, warm owner who has a big, big heart. Fantastic meal options (the deep fried whole onion was incredible, as was the spinach, feta chocolate chicken), followed by fascinating ice-cream flavours, such as coconut & sesame, and ginger & rooibos tea. A highly recommended stop off... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Rose. Thank you for writing this review, Hope you all had a great weekend, enjoyed the zipline, wine tasting and the Tulbagh experience. Please note my ice cream flavours and menu are for ever changing so there will always be a new fusion of flavours. Why not join us for our arts festival in September. Thanks and kind regards... More

Cape Town, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Homely atmosphere, friendly folk and good food. They are cat lovers and sell things for cats. Worth a visit.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for writing this review, hope you enjoyed your time in Tulbagh. We would love to see you and your partner again - so why not join us for Niel Stemment Book review on the 12 September. Please do make a booking. Kind regards Carol More

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We visited Readers Restaurant on a travel bloggers visit in July 2014 and were treated to a divine 3 course meal. Carol outdid herself with our set menu offering a choice of grilled haloumi, bacon and avo salad or sweet potato and mussel soup for starters; a main course of beef and ostrich steak or stuffed chicken breasts, served with... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Lauren. Thank you for writing this review, I hope you had a awesome weekend in Tulbagh. Please note my ice cream flavours and menu are for ever changing so there will always be a new fusion of flavours. Why not join us for our arts festival in September. Thanks and kind regards Carol More

Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We visited Readers Restaurant on a travel bloggers visit in July 2014 and were treated to a divine 3 course meal. Carol outdid herself with our set menu offering a choice of grilled haloumi, bacon and avo salad or sweet potato and mussel soup for starters; a main course of beef and ostrich steak or stuffed chicken breasts, served with... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for writing this review, I hope you had a awesome weekend in Tulbagh, enjoyed the zipline - wine tastings. Please note my ice cream flavours and menu are for ever changing so there will always be a new fusion of flavours. Why not join us for our arts festival in September. Thanks and kind regards Carol More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The crockery, cutlery AND glasses were filthy. We ended up cancelling our food order and going elsewhere.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Candy. Thank you for taking the time to write this review, and I apologies that we had not cleared and cleaned the table up from the previous guests and that you ended up sitting at a dirty table. I have addressed this matter with my staff asking them to quickly clear and clean tables and relay for the next... More

Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had a lovely lunch with great service and a fabulous atmosphere after going to visit the snow. I highly recommend this little restaurant.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Des. Thank you for writing this review - hope you and your family enjoyed the day in the snow. Hope to see you again soon in Tulbagh and why not join us for our Arts Festival in September. Thanks and kind regards Carol More

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our family had dinner in the restaurant in what was probably one of the coldest days of the year with the mountains white with snow. The food was very good, and the wine list is adequate, although only offering wines from the immediate area. I found the obsession with cats theme slightly overbearing, since I am not a cat person.... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Tiandi - thank you for you review - So happy you enjoyed your dining experience at Readers, sorry about the cats. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend and if you made it to the snow enjoyed it. Hope to see you soon, why not join us for the arts festival in September . Thanks and kind Regards... More

Hermanus, South Africa
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Had dinner there on the Sunday night. Very cosy and tastefully decorated. Babotie was a little dry. Springbok shank was good.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for bringing to my attention the Bobotie was a little on the dry side. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Tulbagh and hope to see you soon Thank and kind regards Carol More

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