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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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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    Very good
  • 14
    Average
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely restaurant well worth it

The ambience and decor of this restaurant is lovely its a real gem in Tulbagh My steak was average and so a bit disappointing. But the Ice cream desert was absolutely delicious. Service was efficient and friendly and the owner did her rounds helping the guests

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Lyndon K
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  • Local cuisine
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
Level Contributor
14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The staff bent over backwards to offer us a late Saturday night meal, we had told them we would be late! and we where late and hungry. Great atmosphere and awesome food will defintely go back

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review - My kitchen closes at 9.30 in the evening, but will always make a plan for late dinners, and they are always welcome. Hope to see you soon, we have an arts festival in the second weekend in September and great weekend to visit this stunning valley again. thanks and... More 

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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The ambience and decor of this restaurant is lovely its a real gem in Tulbagh My steak was average and so a bit disappointing. But the Ice cream desert was absolutely delicious. Service was efficient and friendly and the owner did her rounds helping the guests

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Lyndon, thank you for taking the time to write this review - the ice cream flavours change on a daily basis and the flavour I made today was rooibos, lemon and honey and chocolate almond and secret ingredient . So sorry the fillet was not up to standard, would gladly have cooked another or made a new dish if... More 

Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I booked a table of 7 for the Friday evening Christmas in Winter dinner @ Readers Restaurant. What an enjoyable experience! From the friendly staff welcome offering us a yummy glass of gluhwein to the delicious christmassy ice cream - it was such a fun evening! Even Santa delivered some prezzies! And to top it all, Carol, the owner, went... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Sue - Thanks so much for the great review - Santa loves to go shopping for the guests and glad you enjoyed the meal. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the weekend and festivities over the Christmas in Winter festival, hope to see you all soon, next time stay in church street and then after all the gorgeous wine... More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Having read reviews on TA we decided to try this restaurant. The first evening they were closed.( Always closed on a Tuesday). Went on the Wednesday evening, we were the only couple in the restaurant.I had the Springbok Shank and it was disappointing.Cats were all over the restaurant .We requested that the cats be removed from the restaurant .This is... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Gareth - So sorry we where closed on the Tuesday , but every since I have opened my restaurant in 1997 I have been closed on a Tuesday, but glad we could accommodate you on the Wednesday. So sorry that the springbok shank was not up to standard, and that I was not here to follow up on this... More 

Clarens, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

What a great find- this little gem - the food was delicious, staff very friendly and helpfull and a great chat to the owner who assisted us with what to do and all about the wine estates which made our stay in Tulbagh. The quiche starter, lamb strudel and rack where alll excellent, the ice cream to end was a... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Dana - Thanks for taking time to write this review and so glad you popped in to say you enjoyed the wine farms and your stay in our stunning valley. Please note the ice cream flavours change all the time - so it will always be a surprise, so does the menu and I have created a new lamb... More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This quaint restaurant in Church Street was stumbled upon by accident .. Down road from my stumbled upon accommodation. I wholeheartedly recommend the food firstly, but also the great cosy atmosphere and good service. I leave Tulbach with a super positive feeling .. So much going for towns like this. Thank you, a pity all I can leave is my... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write this review - and it was a pleasure to see you both evenings and to know you enjoyed the food, service and ambiance - The lamb is my favourite too - The rack of lamb and also the lamb strudel. Hope to see you soon and you are welcome to stumble in any... More 

Bloubergstrand, South Africa
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Good wholesomeness and value for money. Amongst everything CAT in the shop is 3 - 4 shelves of good, well-priced reads with interesting, all-things-feline, bits and bobs on sale.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Denise - Thanks for this stunning review - During the winter months have slow roasted springbok shank, oxtail and chilli con carne on the menu as well - warming for the soul and body. The cat shop has also have a face lift and added a few Christmas stock as we celebrate our Christmas in winter festival in Tulbagh.... More 

Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Visited the Restaurant after being recommended from Saronsberg Cellar. What a delight. I ordered the Cheese Platter with Windhoek Draught. The free bread and butter was a wonderful treat and the cheese was awesome. I would have liked Blue Cheese, but the combination was splendidly presented. Would definitely recommend Readers to any tourist or local.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Ettienne - thanks for recommendation of the cheese platter and the restaurant - I try and stock all local cheeses, and what I cannot get locally will source from neighbouring towns, Thank you and hope to see you again as I have just found a stunning blue cheese made in a small cremery nearby. Thanks and kind Regards Carol More 

Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I took my boyfriend for a birthday brunch, I ordered the vegetable quiche and he ordered the Kudu carpaccio, the waitress then came back about 10 minutes later and said they had no Kudu so he too ordered the quick. For R75 each we both got 2 cocktail bit sized quiches and some lettuce and tomato on the side. We... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write this review and bringing to my attention the problem with the quiche. I am so sorry we did not have the kudu in stock and would like to say if ever back in Tulbagh please phone before hand and I will ensure we have the kudu on the menu and in stock. I... More 

Hilton, South Africa
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

After reading all the reveiws, was pleasantly surprised at the friendly and warm greeting, to the plunger coffee at the end. My expectations were met - Carol the host and owner warm knowledgable and willing to go the extra mile. food delicious and affordable wine list. loved the cats, even the neighbour tailless cat joined us on the stoep for... More 

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review - this is what keeps me focused and providing an experience that exceeds expectations and why I enjoy what I do - thank you for your kind words, please remember the menu changes daily and so do the ice cream flavours - hope to see you both on your next... More 

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Additional Information about Readers Restaurant

Address: 12 Church Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 232300087
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Tulbagh
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 11
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Continental

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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, 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?