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“Sublime”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Pembreys

Pembreys
Ranked #1 of 159 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Bistro, casual country cooking including South African dishes.
Altrincham, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Sublime”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

The previous reviewer "WoodyElephant" has produced such a brilliant review, I hesitate to follow.

Here you have a husband and wife team who have dedicated themselves to creating their vision of a great restaurant.

A calm & welcoming ambience
Space & privacy
Comfortable seating
Elegant table settings
Calm, friendly & efficient service.
Outstanding food & wine options.

For the starter my wife chose Steak tartare with melba toast whilst I had the King prawns this was followed by Mossel Bay Sole for my wife and I elected for the Springbok loin. The desserts were respectively Creme brule & Sorbets.

All was cooked to perfection.

Viv and her team on front of house were delightful & Peter took the trouble to come and chat after the meal.

We were lucky enough to spend a month in SA and eat in a number of highly rated restaurants
and Pembreys was amongst the very best.

Thank you Viv & Peter

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank tourist172013
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Thank you, it means a lot to our staff and ourselves!
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pembreys Never Disappoints”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

If there is a problem with Pembreys, it is whether to start with a selection of their dozen or more wonderful antipasti, freshly made each day, or give in to ordering the baby calamari or warm duck breast salad. Then again, it could be a problem if, having taken a starter and main course, that you have no room left for dessert in this, the only restaurant I know in which I cannot resist trying the home made ice-cream or sorbet.

The thing about Pembreys is that the food is not simply great - certainly the best anywhere around Knysna - but that it is consistently great, whether it be the breast of guinea fowl and risotto, the sole or the slow cooked shank of Karoo lamb.

Also it does not seem to matter how busy it is. The hostess and the same two waitresses know the place inside out and service flows seamlessly without fuss, but with always a smile.

Some restaurants may be flashy and trendy, like a new top-end Maserati. Pembreys is more like an old Jaguar with an engine that quietly purrs and invites you to sit back and enjoy the ride.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank WoodyElephant
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Peter just loved and appreciated, your motor car comparison! Just for the record, he drives a 1927 Austin 7 but he would love a Jag!
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Pretzfeld
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60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good food and friendly, attentive service”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

We visited the restaurant on a weekday evening towards the end of the holiday season and enjoyed the nice, relaxing athmosphere and being away from hords of people. The place filled up quickly but the service remained attentive and friendly without being pushy. We thought the food and wine to be very good. Make especially sure to keep some room in your tummy for their delicious desserts, they are really yum!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank SHP_PRP
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Our waiting staff appreciated your comments on their service - thank you.
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Western Cape, South Africa
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Skip the waterfront, go to Pembreys”
Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

Utterly dissapointed that I had no room left to order the crab ravioli for dessert. Such a shame that we had dinner at Pembreys our last night in Knysna. We would have gone there every night. By far the best food in the town. If you can tell the difference between cornstarch gloop and a beurre monte, then Pembreys will be your oasis of real food in the desert of touristy restaurants in Knysna. You'll pay the same, but the food and service at Pembreys is leagues better.

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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you for your appreciation. In a tourist orientated town, we are heartened by your observations.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Exceptional menu, food, and service”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

We had an amazing meal at Pembreys - definitely one of the best of our lives thus far! We started with a steak tartare topped with a quail's egg that was stunning and the best tartare we have had anywhere. The duck salad (main) was great - especially the duck - although there may have been too many pickled vegetables on the plate. The quail and asparagus risotto was fantastic and was cooked to perfection with lovely flavours. The dessert we shared was an amarula creme brulee with a spoonful of honey and lavender ice-cream (we ordered the ice-cream off menu) which was perfect and the ice-cream was wonderful. We will definitely return the next time we are in that region of the world.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Christopher W
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CARGOLSA, Owner at Pembreys, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you for your detailed review. We hope that you will return in the not too distant future.
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