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Readers Restaurant

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12 Church Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
+27 232300087
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The oldest house in Church Street , Tulbagh – Readers. Offering simple...
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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Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
country cuisine - cute cats -highly recommended

dined in this fabulous restaurant, warm welcome with friendly helpful staff, welcome sherry great touch, excellent tasty country gourmet cuisine, beautifully presented, great selection of music in the background, cosy warm atmosphere and last but not least adorable friendly cats. Wine adffordable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
jacquiehunt
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Sandton, South Africa
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Sandton, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

dined in this fabulous restaurant, warm welcome with friendly helpful staff, welcome sherry great touch, excellent tasty country gourmet cuisine, beautifully presented, great selection of music in the background, cosy warm atmosphere and last but not least adorable friendly cats. Wine adffordable and great sitting watching the best sunset

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Jacquie - thank you for taking the time to write this review, and the cats were a big hit, you either are a cat person or not - hope we will see you soon so that you can try some of the different dishes on the menu. Thank you and kind Regards Carol dined in this fabulous restaurant, warm... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We pre-booked this Restaurant before coming out to SA and Tulbagh because of reviews we read about it. Unfortunately it was not what we expected. Yes the Restaurant is quirky and homely but the menu was very limited. Service was very slow. The food was of an average standard, tasty yes but certainly not fine dinning. I suppose if I... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Steve - thank you for joining us at readers while traveling in SA. I have a small menu so that all my dishes can be prepared fresh from local produce. and I will talk to my staff about the slow service, but good home cooking does take time - Thanks you and kind regards Carol More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The welcome friendly and warm with an offer of sherry, interesting wine list with local well priced wines, small yet sufficient menu, well presented and tasty, delicious gourmet combinations, ending with amazing flavoured ice creams and the beautifully design invoice at the end. The cat theme - shop, pictures on the walls and tales in the wine list all compliment... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review, my menu changes daily so I hope we will see you back in Tulbagh soon so that you can try some new and different dishes - the new ice cream flavours are made weekly. Thanks and kind Regards Carol More 

Somerset West, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Team building and conference at a venue near Tulbach with Catering by this amazing Restaurant, carol and her staff friendly and managed to prepare lovely fresh meals, teas and coffee breaks with home made tasty and fresh scones biscuits and muffins, Basic kitchen was available yet the lunches were hot, delicious and soul food to keep us going. Next time... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks fred for writing this review, it was the first time I catered at the venue, so happy to hear your enjoyed the food as I did have some challanges in the kitchen, please do come and visit us at readers and try one of the dishes from my menu. Thank you and kind regards Carol More 

Strand,South Africa
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Our evening started with cocktail hour outside the restaurant. Sitting on hay bales outside, under the trees in very hot weather was so nice. Cocktails very nice. Menu very limited but there is enough for everybody's taste. The wildebeest was the winner at our table of four. I had the pork chops with pear and camembert cheese, not the best... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Eliza - thank you for taking the time to write this review, the wildebeest is one of my best sellers - when i have it on the menu, my menu is small and freshly prepared, the ice cream flavours are for ever changing so please do come back and join us again, Thank you and kind regards Carol . More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The meal was average, not one of the best meals we have had in South Africa . The menu was limited and the wine we chose was not available so another bottle was brought without giving us the price or showing us the wine list again. Ok but not overly impressed

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review - constructive criticism is great - so sorry the sauce over the meat was not enough - we would have served more on request, and the cat theme was a little overwelming for you. thank you and kind regards Carol More 

Hillcrest, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The fusions and food combinations in this small cosy restaurant in Tulbagh are amazing, the time and effort and thought that goes into the unique combinations are well worth a try. Pickled ginger and wasabi ice cream, Balsamic Vinegar and olive Oil ice cream, gooseberry and amarula sauce with wildebeest wow - lamb strudel with sun dried tomato, olives and... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Doug - Thanks for all these kind words in your review and for taking the time to write it - I all ways try and keep the menu interesting and the fusion and combinations different. The ice cream flavours are unique, The cats shop does have story behind it which i will tell you when you come back and... More 

Summerstrand, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Treated to a weekend away for valentines - and a gourmet experience. While having the most delicious breakfast on sunday morning, fresh fruit, hot breakfast with a twist we discovered Readers also made our picnic from the day before - what a gourmet experience it was, figs and parma ham, blue cheese and grape tarts, chicken and cranberry pies -... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear June - thank you for writing this review, so glad you enjoyed the picnic and the breakfast at Readers. I try and make the baskets different and special for every occasion. Thanks and look forward to seeing you both soon. Kind Regards Carol More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The fillet, springbok shank and veg delicious! Staff really friendly. Beautiful setting for an early summer dinner. Balsamic vinegar and garlic ice cream borderline genius!

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Jamie - Thank you for writing this review and enjoying one of the last summer evenings on the stoep at Readers, The ice cream flavours are forever changing so please do visit us again and try one of the new combinations. Thank you and kind Regards Carol More 

Sandton, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Spend a few days in the cape dropping kids off at varsity, and decided to travel to Tulbagh for the day. What an amazing historic building filled with antiques, great photos, nick naks and a cat shop. - a warm welcome, friendly and happy staff, talked us through the menu, the wine from Saronsberg paired beautifully with the great food,... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Teddy - Thank you for taking time to write this review and hope to see you and your family soon. The menu and ice cream flavours change daily and I rely on what is fresh and local. Look forward to see you soon and with winter on its way there will always be a warming stew, curry or great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 Church Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Tulbagh
  • Phone Number: +27 232300087

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 11
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?