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“Warm welcome at The Old Goal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Gaol Restaurant

Old Gaol Restaurant
8A Voortrekstraat, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 3847
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Ranked #12 of 27 Restaurants in Swellendam
Price range: $2 - $8
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Cape Town
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Warm welcome at The Old Goal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Swellendam welcomes the weary traveller with a plethora of good places to eat and sample local beer or wine. Bistros and coffee shops, restaurants and guest houses line the main road. We chose the Old Goal because we could sit at a table under the trees. Portions are generous, ingredients fresh and beautifully plated. We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious salads and home-made chicken pie which was very generously filled with succulent white meat. The restaurant offers a good selection of wines and beers as well as home-made ginger beer or lemonade to quench a traveller’s thirst on a hot summer’s day. A lovely garden and shady trees make this a perfect place for families, especially with small children. Reasonably priced and very good value – food and service are excellent. Well worth a detour for an hour or two as you drive the Garden Route.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bellville, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“The Best in Swellendam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

On our way to the Garden Route we had to stop at The Old Goal again, the food, service and atmosphere is still the same "Excellent".

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, England
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81 reviews 81 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Beautiful surrounds, tasty food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stopped for lunch here and it is a truly delightful spot. Luckily we had good weather and so could sit out on the patio. The garden at the back is also excellent especially for children, with well thought out swings and play areas. There is also a very interesting collection of old carts, well worth a look.

The food when it came, was excellent, but although our small coach party had all placed our orders in advance over the phone on the way, the service was still terribly slow. That said, if you are in the area, it is one not to be missed!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Delicious lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by this spot. It was a cold rainy day so we cold not enjoy the lovely patio. But the Restuarant was packed with locals and tourists. The food was delicious and the side salad was wonderful and fresh. Home made ginger beer was a real treat. We truly enjoyed everything about this lunch.

  • Visited October 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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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“An excellent stopping off point between Hermanus and Oudtshoorn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is a lovely little cafe opposite the well known NG Church. You can sit inside surrounded by memorabilia or out in the sunshine and savour some excellent value for money food served with panache and enthusiasm. The carrot and pineapple cake was probably the best I have ever tasted - and the recipe has gone straight into the family cookery book!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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