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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 - 22:00
12:00 - 02:00
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All hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 02:00
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Cannon Rocks, South Africa
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Level Contributor
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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36 reviews
19 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
Grahamstown, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Often pop in at the Rat for a meal and im always satisfied, the food is really good. As an all rounder i think it caters for a great variety of different tastes.

Thank BlueSkiesBackpackers
Grahamstown, South Africa
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Well worth visiting it can sometimes be crowded it is mainly a student hangout. The food baskets are great

Thank cnrdhnkm
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I was either famished or the pizza was just amazing! Accompanied with some sauces which made it a bit different from the ordinary . Pleasant experience!

Thank Geraldine G
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We stopped at the rat and parrot for dinner several times while we were at the festival this year and had an excellent time, great food and drink!

Thank Sarah J
Cape Town
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Evey time I go to he Grahamstown Festival, a visit to The Rat and Parrot is compulsory! Somehow, they just get it right. Ages from eighteen to ninety are accommodated, and the pub boasts great value for money. I would certainly recommend a visit - at any time of he year!

Thank Sandra J
Denver, Colorado
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

My all-time favorite bar in Grahamstown. Yummy food, cheap drinks, and awesome staff. As a student at Rhodes, this was a great place to meet up with friends and classmates after lecture, prepare for a night out, and recover from a weekend at Friars.

Thank hammka01

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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?