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Old Gaol Restaurant

8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 3847
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (46 reviews)
“milk tart” (19 reviews)
“chicken pie” (12 reviews)
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We needed a rest while driving on the N2 and decided to drive through Swellendam. We stopped at the Old Gaol which was very quaint and pleasant for a quick drink. Although we did not eat the food looked very good. The staff was friendly...More

Thank LeonNoel7
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

nice historic location. friendly staff. the bobotie was awesome. when in swellendam good to go here for lunch

Thank Patrick S
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to Cape Town. Enjoyed the setting with family atmosphere. We had tasty Bobotie. Staff were friendly and the service was efficient.

Thank dsingh2000
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Limited menu but lovely food with area for children to play. Service is a bit lax but the food was enjoyable especially the breakfast "roosterbrood".

Thank melanies_southafrica
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Well placed watering hole on the left as you enter the town. Charming staff and a menu to suit all types. We had springbok carpaccio with a salad and local bread which was delicious.

Thank John P
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Today my family and I visited this restaurant for a cup of coffee and some cake and I ordered myself the mudpie cake, which was lovely untill I realised the cake was beginning to grow mould on the outside, and was obviously so repulsed I...More

Thank DanielleCarr59
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

The best vegetable soup and rooster brood. Cosy fireplace and friendly service. One of the few places open on a Friday night in winter.

Thank veehors
Reviewed 24 June 2017

We went for the traditonal lunch of Roosterkoek. Luckily they were open till 5pm on a Sunday which is excellent. Everything else is pretty much closed. I was dissapointed I could not have the Pork Belly on Roosterkoek but had the chicken instead. I suggest...More

Thank nanspans
Reviewed 20 June 2017

What a pleasure it was to spend some time in this old restaurant ... something that possibly could never have been said by the original inmates of the old Gaol! I love the way in which the decor reflects the "doing time" theme, with covers...More

Thank Jilldutoit
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We visited here twice in two days so obviously we enjoyed the food !!!! We thought we'd call in for lunch to see if we'd like to return later for dinner. The staff were lovely and made us feel welcome. The lunch was delicious and...More

Thank Marian S
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greg m
29 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Weekender003 | Reviewed this property |
I believe that that are welcomed on the outdoor terrace
greg m
29 December 2016|
Response from Carla V | Reviewed this property |
Not entirely sure. Definitely not in the evening but possibly during the day. Best would be to contact them directly with your query.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Swellendam
  • Phone Number: +27 28 514 3847
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