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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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Did not live upto recommendation for us.

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
suesteel
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Worcester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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Melkbosstrand, South Africa
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

4 generations, 2 birthdays was a special occasion and Readers was the perfect choice. All the extra touches and friendliness from Carol and her staff made this a very special dinner for us all. The food was delicious, beautifully presented and served. the taste combinations sensational and we have decided to make the an annual occasion.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Big family gatherings and birthday celebrations - thank you for giving Readers the opportunity to host this special occasion, what a privilege, and to see all 4 generations around a table, happy and healthy. Thank you for taking this time to write this review and please do not wait for next year before joining us again . Thanks and kind... More 

Durbanville, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The staff gave us a warm greeting, and were very welcoming, made us feel at home. Service was excellent and the food combinations beautifully prepared, served and tasted amazing. A gourmet experience. The cherry on the top was the owner making the time to chat and assist us with booking and travelling plans, with what to do - nothing was... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Jeanne - The biggest complement for me is return guests that are satisfied again and take the time to write a review, thank you and it was great to chat and to hear what you have been up to. The pop up cocktail bar - is a new summer project and great fun, so glad you enjoyed it. We... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Me and my friend had a meal at readers. I may say food was best served and loving music. Love the car shop

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Andre - Thank you for joining us at Readers for a meal, and that you loved my cat shop. Hope to see you and your friends soon Kind Regards Carol More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

There was only one waiter who made us wait to sit, but not a huge issue. Food was bland and overpriced, used cheap ingredients and the waiter couldn't use her initiative to suggest anything decent. Table and chairs were uncomfortable to eat from. The artwork and lack of initiative tells me the owner could do with constructive criticism.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Mark - thank you for taking the time to write this review, constructive criticism is always helpful. Being in a small town it is extremely difficult to source all your ingredients, and I support the local community garden initiative as well as locals who have a small veggie garden in the back yards with for salad and vegetables, some... More 

Suider Paarl, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

After one of the worst mornings, everything went wrong, we were tired, cross and irrated - the young waitress greeted us with a huge smile, welcomed us with a sherry. Service was friendly and excellent, the owner helped organise to change our flat tyre etc - water arrived chilled without asking - wine affordable and chilled - food was delicious... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Ceasar - Thank you for taking the time to write this review - after hearing about the morning you I am so glad we were able to put smiles on all your faces - hope to see you on your next travels in Tulbagh. Kind Regards Carol PS hope the rest of the trip was smooth and no punctures... 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 6 - 11
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Continental, Contemporary

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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