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“the food is certainly the only plus for this dreary restaurant”
Review of Pembreys

Pembreys
Ranked #1 of 170 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Bistro, casual country cooking including South African dishes.
Reviewed May 9, 2013

ok so we`re bucking the trend something we are not afraid of doing (see Rothman Manor-Swellendam etc) this may very well be the current best restaurant in Knysna now that Tides and La Lourie no longer exist but it must be said that standards of cuisine in Knysna are the lowest we have ever known after 15 continuous years of visiting. we did try Pembrey`s perhaps 5 years ago and commented that the food was pretty good but the place lacked any defining character and it was a gloomy experience. nothing has changed except that there were many more diners this time. needs a prettier setting, a decent welcoming party,more staffing with better training and abandonment of the ridiculous system whereby they refuse to bring your final bill to the table ;instead you wait by the till in the entrance lobby until somebody arrives.
spicy calamari,quail risotto,almond ravioii, figs and ham in gorgonzola wrap and great cheesecake---food is inventive and very acceptable. we love to have somebody to talkto about the food but impossible here----the dullness is our main complaint--so, no not for us
Dr Mrs Brian Silverstone---London

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4  Thank marilBRIAN
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2013

May we point out that we are a simple bistro that is ranked only 4th on tripadvisor! We LOVE talking to our guests about food so we are sorry that we did not connect to you. Viv

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Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Came to pembreys on the recommendation of trip advisor. Excellent service and food was of a high quality. We ate springbok and the lamb shanks for mains, with dark chocolate mousse cake for dessert. All were good, although I feel they fell short of being excellent.

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1  Thank Rashaadt
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review Pembreys.Peter & Viv

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Nice old house converted into a restaurant. We very much enjoyed our meal and meeting Peter the chef who provided the history of his family and business. A blackboard menu which had a variety of choices demands you come back again to try your other favourites. The cheese soufflé and kidneys were excellent and coming from Australia, the prawns were grilled to perfection. An excellent wine list and we were ably assisted by Viv to find the extra special "Mr Cab Sav". The staff, some of whom have been with Peter and Viv many years provide excellent service. We much regret not having room for the bread and butter pudding !

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1  Thank cdmknows
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Thank you for reviewing us and we do hope that you enjoyed the rest of your trip to S.A.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

A lovely old house on the hill at Belvidere in Knysna. Delicious food and good variety on menu. Needs to be more cosy and could do with a revamp on interiors.

2  Thank Lizzy684
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2013

Ours is a very simple bistro so thank you for recognising that the food should be important. Peter & viv

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

First class cuisine. Excellent chef with unusual dishes offered. Decor lacks something.but wonderful attention

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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2013

Thank you for including us in your list of reviews. Peter & viv

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