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The Rat & Parrot

59 New Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
+27 46 622 5002
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good48%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“late night” (2 reviews)
“pizza” (31 reviews)
“salad” (3 reviews)
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Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
59 New Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 114 reviews

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Most popular pub in Grahamstown. Typical old Irish style pup, good service and great place to watch sport.

Thank Darryl D
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Very student orientated, so if you don't mind a lively noise place then this is the one to go to. Food good. Food and drinks reasonably priced

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

It's been several years since a night at the Rat & Parrot was on the agenda, but having been back in Grahamstown led us to the pub for a reliable evening meal of fish-and-chips. Although the kitchen was a bit slow this evening with a...More

Thank LopingianTravels
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

The student pub offers a huge menu of much more than pub grub. From vegetarian dishes to desserts. Service is good and the food delicious. We all ate chilli chips. A massive portion of fries with a good portion of chilli con carne on top....More

Thank Freda E
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

A fantastic student venue. The food was very good even though there was not much room to move. Well worth a visit.

Thank Antony C
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Loud atmosphere and really poor food. Was a disappointing experience overall. Although the beer was good

Thank R3715BAmarieh
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Awful experience. We really weren't expecting the nightclub vibe. Basically a dark, stuffy very loud school social.

Thank Nicky H
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

A great little pub with plenty of atmosphere Well loved by the locals and the students. Lots of people and a great place for a catch up with my alma mater !

Thank 365giannad
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We were told that this was a traditional English Pub with cold beer and variety of pub food. We walked in at about 8:30pm and got a table upstairs. From about here the evening took a turn for the worst. The beer was luke warm...More

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Called in for a drink on the way into Grahamstown centre and ended up staying for hours! Warm welcome in the traditional bar, and the menu tempted us to stay for lunch. But when I asked where I could smoke, the answer was "anywhere upstairs"!...More

Thank JandLillyn
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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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