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The Rat & Parrot

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Pizza
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59 New Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
+27 46 622 5002
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 02:00
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Randburg, South Africa
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105 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Vibe , Good food, Good Service, Affordable drinks, Typical pub with a lot of Students and young business people.

Thank alwyn1_12
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having not gone to The Rat for a number of years, it was great to see that although it has grown it still has a great atmosphere. Being out of term time we had no problem getting a table, the food was delicious and portion sizes huge! Very good evening. Will be back again, and again when in GOG

Thank Claire S
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice pub type restaurant, busy, good food, great service. Good pizza, great fries. Table of 6 - no complaints.

Thank Harry L
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very relaxed pub serving good pub grub at good prices. It can get very busy late at night.

Thank Lindsay W
Johannesburg, South Africa
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182 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service was good but the fish and chips were nothing to talk about. Fish had more batter than needed and the chips were inedible we presume they were fried in old oil. Oh the Heineken beer was luke warm

Thank pietuys
Grahamstown, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always good service when I visit there. Quick service on arrival, friendly staff. The food is well prepared and presented beautifully.

Thank scratch2015
Cannon Rocks, South Africa
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

The Rat is consistent in their good service, good meals and good atmosphere. It's also a place where you are always likely to bump into at least someone you know - assuming you live in the area. Nice vibe, nice food, nice evening.

Thank Travellinggypsey63
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Always had good service, good fun and a good vibe! Best pizzas to be found anywhere. Price are climbing pretty aggressively!

Thank Drew_C_L
George, South Africa
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

What an incredible vibe!!!! This has to be one of the best pubs in South Africa. The atmosphere, the staff and the incredible food!!!! The Mexican pizza with the salad onto is one of my fondest memories in Grahamstown!!!

Thank Chantelle T
Grahamstown, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A pub for all - catering for both young & old. Great pub grub at reasonable prices, with good service. Open seven days a week from about eleven am. A conveniently placed pub on one of the main streets in Grahamstown (New Street).

Thank 934dawnl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 59 New Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Eastern Cape  >  Grahamstown
  • Phone Number: +27 46 622 5002

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?