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“greal Med food in South Africa and excellent dessert” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pembreys

Pembreys
Brenton Road | Belvidere, Knysna, South Africa
044 3860005
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Ranked #4 of 115 restaurants in Knysna
Cuisines: Continental, Bistro
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Rome, Italy
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“greal Med food in South Africa and excellent dessert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Three of us spent a lovely evening here. The informal yet classy setting makes for a pleasant atmosphere where to relax and eat (and drink) well. Both fish and meats were tasty and well presented on our plates. Service was attentive and the final check quite reasonable. Easy parking at the restaurant. We went on advice of a local friend and will definitely return.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bucks uk
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Perfect Pembreys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We've been here previously but this time took some foodie friends . As before, impressive service and excellent food. Everything on the menu looked great. The springbok loin was superb and all the desserts we tried were very good. Lovely presentation on all dishes. Good service. Relatively pricey for SA but not for us Brits!! BYO too if you wish. Keep up the good work guys - we'll be back.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant to go for that special occasion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

It was our first visit to Pembreys this week and we thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. The meal was fabulous and we loved the fact that they try so hard to do different recipes with vegetables. The service was efficient but could have been a bit friendlier. It is a little on the pricey side but worth it for that special occasion. The place was packed for a Wednesday evening which goes to prove that they have got it right.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Thank you for your review. We think that if you worked out that you do not pay extra for vegetables, bread and butter and, despite our extensive and reasonably priced wine list we allow b.y.o, it will work out on a par with most. When guests are dining with us for the first time, one has to strike a balance with being too friendly and intrusive, especially if it is a special occasion.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Don't miss out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I feel sad when reviewers of Pembreys say that they had no room left for dessert. This is one place where you really have to push through to the end! The food is always so divine. The figs with Gorgonzola, the crab ravioli, the duck - one really can't go wrong. And then the desserts! On my most recent visit I had the panna cotta with rhubarb and elderflower compote and cardamom ice cream - each flavour just perfect. The lemon tart with lavender ice cream on a previous visit must be one of the loveliest desserts I've ever eaten. All served in a peaceful country setting away from the crowds of central Knysna in season. Service is excellent and staff very friendly. Don't miss out on Pembreys and make sure to go there hungry!

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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Thank you! As the Season goes on, you cannot imagine how much we appreciate a positive review.
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Sublime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The previous reviewer "WoodyElephant" has produced such a brilliant review, I hesitate to follow.

Here you have a husband and wife team who have dedicated themselves to creating their vision of a great restaurant.

A calm & welcoming ambience
Space & privacy
Comfortable seating
Elegant table settings
Calm, friendly & efficient service.
Outstanding food & wine options.

For the starter my wife chose Steak tartare with melba toast whilst I had the King prawns this was followed by Mossel Bay Sole for my wife and I elected for the Springbok loin. The desserts were respectively Creme brule & Sorbets.

All was cooked to perfection.

Viv and her team on front of house were delightful & Peter took the trouble to come and chat after the meal.

We were lucky enough to spend a month in SA and eat in a number of highly rated restaurants
and Pembreys was amongst the very best.

Thank you Viv & Peter

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Thank you, it means a lot to our staff and ourselves!
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