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“Disappointing Sunday lunch”
Review of Stonehaven on Vaal

Stonehaven on Vaal
Price range: $3 - $10
Cuisines: International, Bar, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Stonehaven is owned by the Cloete-Anderson Family and is the Vaal River’s social centre, a natural interface between locals and visitors. Here you will find the largest alfresco Garden Restaurant in South Africa. You will enjoy being greeted by the relaxed and charming ambience as you meander through Stonehaven’s cobbled pathways that lead you through the quaint herb garden, over 1000 rose bushes and the mature gardens and lawns that sweep down to the Vaal River. You have a variety of dining options at Stonehaven on Vaal. The Dining Terrace provides an attractive spot for summer meals overlooking the river as does the garden and lawns where you can enjoy dining under a gazebo. Dining around the swimming pool while your children enjoy a dip is also a perfect way of enjoying relaxed family dining. The Wine Cellar and River Pub have a friendly atmosphere which makes the conversation flow naturally and easily. You will enjoy experiencing winter in the sanctuary of Stonehaven’s cosy River Pub with its roaring and crackling fireplaces enhanced by Stonehaven’s many antiques and nautical ornaments and memorabilia. Stonehaven‘s fare is hearty in quantity and freshly prepared from local produce. Menus range from light pub meals to a more serious restaurant menu with a mix of classic and modern dishes. Homemade puddings are a particular treat at Stonehaven.Besides the 10 acres of beautifully tendered gardens, there is the busy Stonehaven Harbour with a selection of Cruisers to choose from for your sized function – from 2 to 200. Full onboard dining is catered for from breakfasts, brunches, braais, spits, smorgasbords, picnics, buffets, seafood extravaganzas and cocktail snacks. Stonehaven also hosts a regular Sunday Cruising Buffet every Sunday aboard one of the luxurious cruisers or floating restaurants - “The Spirit of Jen”.Stonehaven on Vaal hosts many different kinds of functions, such as 21st Birthday Parties, Stork Parties, Kitchen Teas, Engagements, Weddings, Christenings, Anniversaries, Children’s Parties, Corporate conferences, Corporate Team Building and Year End FunctionStonehaven on Vaal won several Sedibeng Tourism Awards. The awards cover all establishments in the greater Vaal area. Stonehaven took first place for the Outdoor and Leisure Category, which covers all aspects including River Cruises, Team Building and Leisure. Stonehaven was also voted one of the top 3 Conference Venues and one of the top 3 Restaurants in the whole of the Vaal area.
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“Disappointing Sunday lunch”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

First time we were disappointed at this wonderful venue. Our waiter, Beyers, was fantastic but let down by the kitchens. Looks like they cannot handle larger groups. One hour and 45 minutes before first food arrived, and then in three stages, also some plates were cold. Hope this improves in future. Not the usual standard

  • Visited September 2012
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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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“On the Vaal!”
Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

Very good food and awesome relaxdd atmosfeer. The eine tasting is aldo a must do usually in August. Another is the Moroccan style braai and the boat cruise.

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

What an amazing venue! Decor lovely, food great - generous portions. Service super. I give them a ten out of ten and will most definitely return. Really worth the visit, so if you are ever in the area do visit them.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Chinx259
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Wonderful views”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Situated a few minutes walk from the Vaal River across beautiful gardens, this has to be the best pub for miles. Wonderful lunches and not too expensive.

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank Alan1Bangor
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Mixed emotions”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

Lovely setting and access to great boat cruises, but the rest is best left unsaid. Give it a miss and go to Ville Verde, Black Forrest or Franco's instead.

  • Visited January 2012
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Thank RicotheGreat
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