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“A whale of a tale!”

Barnacles Tea Garden
Cuisines: International
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
701 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 583 helpful votes
“A whale of a tale!”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We went to this restaurant for breakfast on two consecutive Mondays running at the beginning of December and hereby hangs a tale... The venue has an ideal location right close to the sea, with just enough height so that you can look down on the breakers, as well as having the benefit of far views. What a stunning experience awaited us, for we were treated to pod upon pod of dolphins, making their way down the coastline - whilst further out, the Southern Right whales were breaching and frolicing - creating great spouts of water and the combined sighting of these creatures, enjoying their natural habitat, was very special to see. The first breakfast we had there was a really good one - no complaints at all, but the following Monday morning, with a different cook in the kitchen, we had a breakfast which did NOT make the grade. Every single piece of toast was burnt - not just a dark colour, but blackened, the eggs which we requested to be soft were as hard as rocks and the coffee cold. I would have rated the first breakfast a 5, but in all fairness, with such an inconsistant quality of the food on offer, a more realistic 3 has been awarded.
The seating (most of it being backless benches) is interesting - the patrons have a choice of either being inside, or overhead shelter with wind protection outside, or full outdoors braving the elements. Smokers are also accommodated, fortunately at a distance from the other diners.
This is not a young child -friendly place, as there is space between the decking and balustrades for kids to slip through, so they need to be watched all the time - hard if you are trying to do whale spotting!
The owner obviously is a rugby fanatic, as lots of memorabilia especially about the late great Danie Craven are on display on the walls.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Bathgate, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great views with nice food”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had an early dinner. Fresh fish is good - try the calamari, yummy. We ordered one fish fried, when we had the choice between fried or grilled - Fried is deep fried! Good all the same. Nice views and relaxed eating.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank gordonburns1
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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“What a site for a pub 'n grub!!”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Stopped every time we were on our our way back to Blue Horizon Bay where we were staying while on a 3 week vacation . The view is just ....well just stunning!! The staff evry friendly and very accommodating to some strange demands from friends living in Port Elizabeth. Wednesday night 1 Kg prawns was a sellout and we could see why.
On a sad note, with temperatures in the high 20's our entire vacation, the beer was NEVER served better than room temperature. On out last Sunday we asked our AWESOME waitress on fill a bucket of ice over our order of 6 beers. Problem solved.
What an awesome place.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank SellyM
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Yummy Food, great location and character building, very unique! Loved it”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We enjoyed breakfast here on one of our last days in PE, Its a gem! with its fabulous views, a great menu and the buiding is awesome and unique. I would recommend a visit. They were selling large animal skins for 1000 Rand outside, not sure if thats actually linked to the restuarant or something they were selling on behalf of someone else. I love all the tasteful odds and ends scattered about the place, on the walls, in the garden, I couldve happily spent a couple of hours there, eating, looking at things, enjoying the views and enjoying wine in the sun, haha, but not for breakfast. On our return to PE I am certainly going to visit this place serval times more to try the lunch and dinner menus.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank TeeTotally
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“That place by the Sea”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

It has become a tradition to visit this restuarant along the wild, Seaview, BeachView, maitlands coastline. The food is great, the views are spectacular and I have left many pictures scrawled on the walls... did I mention they let you write or draw on their walls?!!

Visited October 2012
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Thank Amani Lodge W
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