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Readers Restaurant

12 Church Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
+27 232300087
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Ranked #3 of 15 restaurants in Tulbagh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $13
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
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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

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
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 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

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

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