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“Scotch Eggs!!”

The Cape of Good Hope
Ranked #10 of 142 Restaurants in Warwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Warwick's Best Kept Secret. A true canal side real ale pub. The water is a few feet from the front door, adjacent to Cape top lock on the Grand Union Canal. Open & Serving Food All Day Every day from 11am. We have 3 permanent real ales & 3 ever changing guest ales. We served Fresh Ingredients Real Food. Great food, Great beer, Great location.
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Stopped by this pub for night on Grand Union Canal. Have horror of supermarket scotch eggs and was talked into having the pub's own made one...............Well. It was like F1 as compared with banger racing down the field. The crumb coating was excellent. The meat was superb with hints of Haggis and the egg perfect and runny. I honestly didn't know such things could exist. Pub itself was attractive, service good and location seductive. The culinary high-point of trip.

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2  Thank Andy J
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We called in to the Cape having not visited for a few years, and were very pleasantly surprised. The staff were friendly and the setting perfect on a hot summer's day. We had our 18 month-old with us and they were happy to cook a suitable pasta dish for him. I tried the Thai mussel dish and the serving was very generous, and I was amazed to see things such as Thai aubergines - the sort of thing you don't usually see outside of a specialist Thai restaurant. Very nicely spiced too, and I shall be back for more. My wife really enjoyed the veggie burger. She's not a veggie but really enjoyed that too, while our side order of onion rings were honestly the best I've ever had! Cracking pint of Hooky too. Well done the new owners, you have another fan on board.

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Thank Wouse
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This pub is a couple of hundred yards away from me, and being a supporter of local causes and real ales, and a fan of the canal network, I had been looking forward to eschewing my regular haunts for a visit to the Cape. At face value, little had changed post any refurbishment. Not particularly disappointed, the last thing I wanted was another soulless gastropub lookalike.

The specials advertised above the bar looked pretty enticing and I was already planning another visit to explore the menu, and then WHAM! I was hit by the bar prices. It seemed that the pub was pricing itself alongside the restaurant bars in the town centre. Fair enough I suppose, however I didn't see the attraction of paying 50p a pint more than in my existing locals in Warwick (other quality real ale pubs).

Then I spotted the furtive movements of the local bar huggers. As they were ordering their beer, they were flashing their key fobs, and as it turned out, getting a preferential rate on their drinks

Is this legal? It certainly is discriminatory, exclusive and alienating. The tourists, occasional and first time visitors are funding the cheaper beer of those in a secret club (the Cape Crusaders as it turns out).

Not for me I'm afraid.

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4  Thank ValleyGator
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Tewharema, Owner at The Cape of Good Hope, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2013

Thanks for your review. Our prices are very similar and in some cases cheaper than other places in Warwick depending on the product chosen if you are comparing like for like. We constantly check this to ensure our customers are getting value for money whilst ensuring we can stay in business.

As for the keyrings, this is a loyalty scheme which is perfectly legal. The same scheme is used in many pubs & restaurants these days. It is widely publicised and available for all local residents & regular customers. It is not dissimilar to the nectar card scheme.

We would love to see you often enough to apply for a keyring. Feel free to ask any of our Cape Crew at the bar.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

I visited here one hot evening recently for a pint and I have to say you could sense a much-improved atmosphere. Fortunately, when compared to previous visits, there wasn’t the same kind of cleeky, miserable atmosphere and gaggle of slightly unpleasant patrons (who typically think being miserable, base and charmless equates to lovable traditional characters). The “new” management were clearly more awake and focused than previously and I was served efficiently and with a positive demeanour for a change. They were working hard to run a decent establishment and are seemingly aware that the previous atmosphere of a nineteen sixties northern working men’s social club is frankly tiresome in this day and age (and evidently not profitable). The rather gormless, slow, distant and cold staff of the previous crew is simply out of time, even in a backwater public house. Every time I visited I swore I’d never bother to inconvenience them with my money again – and let them natter with a few £1 a pint bar flies – but it is such a great location and has so much potential I would muster up the effort to try them again every so often. Virtually all of the surplus old tat has now been removed, with plenty left to maintain a charm and character. I wish them every success and if they read this, they don’t need me to tell them that there will always be people with something to moan about: that’s the great British public for you. Anyone running such a business in this day and age needs commending and encouragement. Remember the 99 positive comments and forget the one subjective pedantic opinion; usually from people who want the world on a stick and for 50p. (Generally speaking, the people with “issues” won’t make you a decent living anyway). I recommend you drop by, weather for a meal or a decent pint in this traditional – but no longer down at heel – British pub.

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3  Thank D H
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We moored up near the pub after a long day of hard locks. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and customers The food was really lovely - I had fish and chips - not your average pub grub.
Great quirky canal side pub with quality food we will be calling in again.

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1  Thank Tacara
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