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“2+ hour wait for the food to arrive”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bell Tavern

The Bell Tavern
Ranked #24 of 160 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: It is a quaint little pub sitauated on the grounds of Belvidere Manor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“2+ hour wait for the food to arrive”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

The bar service was good and the waiters tried their best. The food was just not coming out of the kitchen, at all. Everyone around us were very irritated too. Repeated complaints to management finally resolved some of the hold up (a wedding being catered for out of the same kitchen)and the food finally arrived after 15h00 - more than 2 hours after we sat down.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank jatroskie
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  • Dutch first
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Needs proper service training”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

We went to The Bell Pub during our stay at the Belvidere Manor Hotel for dinner. The service is incredibly slow, the poor waitress would just leave in the middle of taking our tables orders on more than one occasion. We also had to wait which felt like an hour for our food, which last mentioned was tasty but not the best I have ever had. I understand it is a pub but one would expect a little bit more. It is none the less nice to go and the atmosphere is lovely and cosy. We tried the Steak Pie, chicken pie both filled with proper filling but the outstanding dish must have been the Lamb Curry served with all the sambals, very tender and spiced just right. I would recommend the curry.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Alex L
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best fillet steak ever !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

Eat here whist staying at the belvidere manor. Had two evening meals here. Both meals cooked to my idea of perfection. good beer and great wine. need i say more ?

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Laurence G
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good pub food, slow service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

We visit The Bell frequently, as it is less than a kilometer from our house in Belvidere Estate. The food is generally good for a pub, but is sourced from a kitchen in the nearby hotel and not made on the pub premises, which seems to be the main reason for the usually long delay between order and arrival of food. The staff is generally pleasant and efficient, and not to blame for the time taken for food to arrive. Overall, it is certainly worth visiting for a better than average pub meal, as long as one is not looking for a quick bite and go place.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank KMK_GBC
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointed!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

We looked forward to eating at The Bell after reserving a table. Sunday evening was very busy with the staff dashing to and fro from the kitchens across the way. They had run out of certain dishes and we waited nearly one hour for our meal which was disappointing. Staff tried to be pleasant but they looked very tired and that is not what we had paid for. We obviously chose the wrong time but........ I would not recommend it.

  • Visited February 2014
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