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“Excellent, excellent, excellent”

Old Gaol Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 37 Restaurants in Swellendam
Price range: $1 - $6
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Brantford, Canada
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Excellent, excellent, excellent”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

A true gem in every way. The setting was beautiful across from the church, service was terrific, the food delicious and plenty of choice. I understand that the staff are also investors in a pseudo leadership training program and the pride in every aspect shows. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Cosy”
Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

We visited the restaurant during an away weekend to Swellendam. It was pouring outside but the Old Gaol was very cosy and the staff extremely friendly.

We both had the cajun chicken "roosterbrood" (coal roasted/baked bread) and it was delicious.

Reasonably priced, comfortable, and a very nice vibe from fellow tourists chatting merrily - I highly recommend it if you want to have a nice time with your spouse or family.

There's also a playpark at the back, so if it's a nice, sunny day, you can eat lunch while the kiddies play.



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Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not nearly as good as on TV”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Apparantly owners and venue changed. The roosterkoek filling on the menu (roast beef) I chose was not available. Wife enjoyed the cappuccino and traditional lemon merengue. Waitress clueless and slow. A disappointment

Visited September 2013
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Paarl, South Africa
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166 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Why buy fast food if you can stop & eat here on your trip?”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Stopped here for a light lunch during long weekend trip. Corresponded with Saturday market; bought farm-fresh broccoli and 2nd hand books. Second time to eat here. Sat outside in winter sun,though inside there was a fire. Friendly service, helpful manager/owner. We ate from the Specials board: I had the mielie/bacon soup; lovely! Served with fresh rooosterkoek. Husband had the oxtail; was very impressed with taste and that it was served with mash (real), but not a true South African portion given the price. Limited wine list, but features local wineries. This will be our regular stop from now onwards.

  • Visited August 2013
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159 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great coffee in a nice location”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Super little coffee bar/ restaurant on the main road through Swellendam serving excellent coffee and with a very attractive choice of food.
Originally established as an "empowerment" project for locals the restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere. Only downside is that it does not open in the evening.
Well worth dropping by.

Visited June 2013
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