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“Surprsing find - excellent, good value food”

Old Gaol Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 41 Restaurants in Swellendam
Price range: USD 1 - USD 7
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We were on route to Outdshoorn and looking for somewhere to stop and have a quick lunch. Driving through Swellendam we were struggling when we came across the Old Gaol set back off the road. We were surprised to see a pleasant outdoor area with someone making bread in the old fashioned way amongst the children's play area. We thought about sitting outside but it was a bit chilly so went in. We were greeted in a friendly manner but it was obvious there were no free tables in the front room - what we didn't realise was that there were several other rooms leading off this and we were shown to a table in a quaint room. Admittedly service wasn't very quick, but then I guess that is SA? The staff were friendly and helpful - our hot chicken salad was delicious and plentiful when it arrived and the huge piece of carrot cake went down extremely well also. Looking at other reviews, we didn't find it over priced? The building could do with a lick of paint but all in all we found it friendly with good food at a reasonable price.

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful garden, good service and good food. Very pleasant lunch, we enjoyed our meal! It's also good to have a coffee or tea.

Thank Karine D
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

This place has so much potential. Great location, ample parking and large grass area for kids to play.

Pitty the service and food lets it down. Waited about 30min for someone to help us, another 45min for our food and another 30min to pay. Had to eventually walk up to reception to get someone to bring us the bill because our waitress was MIA.

Food and drinks are heavily overpriced for what you get. Ordered a bunless burger and at R110 I expected some "wow". Got 2 patties (tasting like boerewors) with some cheese (not even melted) relish and an egg with a handfull what looked like McCain oven baked chips. Really? Then asking R28 for a Appletiser and serving it without ice?

I had an excellent burger, chips and drink in Montague for less than R100...

Thank gideonv962
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We have been to this restairant several times in the past. Today we wondered why there were so few customers but put it down to being early. However when we looked at the menu we found that the range of offerings was poor and the prices were far above average (we had just been to Knysna and Wilderness and eaten at several restaurants.)
We will not patronize it again.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

I had to make an unplanned stop here.

The service was prompt, the food was good. The soup was certainly worth coming back for.

Thank 685dieterk
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