We stayed at Saxe-coberg which is always the best place to stay when visiting Prince Albert. For Dinner I had booked a Table for a party of family from Cape Town who have never been to Prince Albert. To show them the old fashioned true Country Style Cuisine, I chose the Swartberg Hotel for this special occassion. All was well organised by the receptionist, a 10/10 to her, thank you!! When our guests had arrived, we chatted and I had noticed a sudden change in the plating of dinners comming from the kitchen. What I call "Pretty" Food. I was a bit taken back as this is not true Karoo style, it is the City Slicker that is used to this and wants to get away from it up here! Well when our plates came, they were miniscual portions (we are not big eaters, but we were all hungry when we were finished). Where did the old platings of "'n bord kos" go? Where I would normally have a plate of Oxtail and not finish it, I was served with three pieces in a side dish plate! Its not the price that comes into the equation here, just the true old fashioned food that we expect when in the Karoo. We spoke to the Owners husband, who took note, but certainly did not seem fazed one bit! Will we be back, maybe to see whether they have changed back to what people want....maybe, hopefully! Please Wolf, get the old charm back again....
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- The Swartberg Hotel is a charming three star (TGCSA) Victorian hotel, situated in the heart of our quaint Karoo village, Prince Albert. Established as a hotel in 1864, the Swartberg is now one of 19 national monuments in the village, and is still the only hotel in Prince Albert today. ... more less
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