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“Delicious food in a wonderful setting”

Old Gaol Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 39 Restaurants in Swellendam
Price range: $1 - $7
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Sitting on the deck under the oak trees, with a view of the Big White Church, behind which the majestic Langeberg mountains create a stunning background to this beautiful little town - what more could you ask for? Delicious food, prepared with attention to flavour, taste and presentation? Efficient service, which comes with a smile at no extra cost? You will get all of this at the Old Gaol on Church Square. The only problem is that it was too tempting to sit there all afternoon! But it was time well wasted, and I have no hesitation in recommending the food... lovely farm cheeses and biltong, hand baked roosterkoeke, and rotis, stuffed with minced curry, which were absolutely amazing!

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Stopped here for lunch while driving east from Capetown. Lucked into it - we were walking down the main street and stopped to pet a cute puppy and the woman walking it recommend the Old Gaol. Beautiful peaceful setting, very friendly people, and spectacular food. Everything was great, from the soup to the homemade ginger beer.

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We visited the Swellendam in Dec 2011 as a 3 day break from our holiday at the sea in Cape Town. We arrived in the afternoon on a public holiday so most of the restaurants were either closed or fully booked. We went to The Old Gaol for a light lunch of home made chicken pie and salad, which was excellent and wholesome. We went back the next day for their roostekoek, a type of bread roasted on coals, with cheese, which was just perfect. The traditional milk tart was a delicious end to the meal. The staff were friendly and accommodating even making me tea with fresh mint leaves out of the garden. The owner was very entertaining giving us a quick history lesson on Swellendam. Definitely worth a stop.

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Reviewed May 30, 2012

We stopped here en-route from the Garden Route. A museum, garden and antique shop are located in the back. The service was prompt and the food was excellent: ample sized portions of chicken pie with a good crust served with al denté vegetables and a sauce. My roosterkoek & biltong and cheese was fresh from the coals and served with grilled vegetables. We relished some moerkoffie (coffee) and milktart baked in a copper pan on the fire. There was enough coffee for four cups. A TV crew was also on site filming some braai dishes with a local celeb. It seems like the place to stop in Swellendam!

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Reviewed April 15, 2012

We enjoyed our meal here, but the service more or less ground to a halt half way through. The staff were keen but disorganised and fortunately we had the time to laugh and it did not spoil the overall evening. We had a good table by the window, all three courses were good, especially the very tender and large fillet steaks, and the wine very fairly priced. No complaints about the food but a good job we had plenty of time.

Popular with families so we counted our blessings when a young Verucca Salt sound alike, brother and parents left as our starters arrived.

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Thank David T
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