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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 - $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
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English first
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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Hermanus, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Cosy atmosphere, friendly staff, good service, every dish we had was very tasty, will be back for sure.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for writing this review and for joining us for the Christmas in winter festival. Hope you enjoyed the weekend and hope to see you again soon. The cape brandy pudding is one of the desserts that is always on my menu, look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks and kind regards Carol More

Table View, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

From the staff greeting, the welcome sherry, the decor, the stunning menu, the tables and ambiance i could find no fault. I am like the owner a lover of cats, so smudgie and gucci were welcome to come across and say hello. The owner did ask us not to encourage the cats and removed them from the dining area, saying... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for writing this review, both negative and positive feedback is always welcome. I hope you enjoyed the phyllo pies and am willing to make anytime if you would like to pre order. Our next festival is the Spring Arts Festival in September and I know you expressed interested, so look forward to seeing you and the whole family... More

Cape Town
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I've long known of Readers Restaurant and have wanted to try it for many years. But our experience was quite easily the most bizarre I've ever had. How this restaurant has garnered 5 star reviews is beyond me. I've pondered extensively how to write this without it sounding like a comedy of errors or giving it a title from one... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am very sorry to read about your unsatisfactory evening at Readers, Firstly my wine list support local wineries and I always serve wine by the glass - and normally have a little selection,Secondly if you mentioned to me when i was inquiring at the table if you where enjoying... More

Hermanus, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

very quiet with only 3 tables . the food was ok but nothing special . the service was a bit slow . the house is nice and "warm" . the owner/chef came to greet guests . an OK meal in a beautifull village

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Clanwilliam, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

What an amazing meal we had - service exceptionally friendly, food outstanding and our chat with the chef and owner carol re catering at our wedding, the willingness to assist with all our likes and dislikes- we are so excited and cannot wait to see what unique combinations and flavours Carol creates for our special day.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Vanessa. It was great to met you and the wedding party, Your menu ideas sound great and are no problem, and am really looking forward to making your special day a great one. It was great to hear you are enjoying the valley and the go slow, relaxing pace, and enjoying all the wine estates and your wonder up... More

Cape Town
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Nice setting and comfortable reasonable prices the food is average at best and the service was poor. The credit card machine was not working but they did not tell us until we left so had to scratch around for cash, not going back anytime soon

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Eddie - Thank you for taking time to write this review and give us some constructive criticism. I am sorry the the credit card machine, as we all know eskom and our power supply has surges and dips which caused a malfunction in the program system of the machine, I do agree the staff should have mentioned this in... More

Kommetjie, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Well worth a visit. We were well taken care of by the Cook with good food, and lovely atmosphere. Found out that the 'Reader' became the owner after the 'Reverend' moved on to other premises. The Reader was one whom visited the sick and gave comfort. How nice.

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Rick. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am always happy when my costumers enjoy their experience at Readers. Thanks and kind regards Carol More

Durbanville, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We stopped here for a drinks and ended up staying for an early dinner before heading back to Cape Town. Sitting on the stoep in the late afternoon sun was fabulous, the wine list with local wines resonably priced and the menu interesting and different to what you expect. all the food was amazing, interesting and different flavours. We had... More

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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for writing this review - hope you had a great time in Tulbagh. There are many more wine estates in this valley that still need visiting and things to do. It sounded like you all had fun at the wedding and will be back. please book if keen to join us for the christmas in winter festival Thanks More

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