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The Rat & Parrot

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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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Stafford, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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"! We hadn't even realised there was an upstairs, but it's great. Plenty of large tables... More 

Thank JandLillyn
Somerset West, South Africa
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80 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always go to The Rat & Parrot when visiting our son at Rhodes. This is probably the best place to celebrate or drink or eat in Grahamstown. It is a pub, don't expect anything else.But such a nice vibe and excellent food -- believe it! The best pizza ever and coldest beer -- so many varieties of draft beer... More 

Thank AKruger
Mpumalanga, South Africa
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We popped into the Rat & Parrot for a quick drink and meal while in Grahamstown, pleasantly surprised to find a table, this place was buzzing. Good food, nice vibe, friendly & efficient service make for a nice experience, will be back sometime to experience the late night vibe.

Thank CJ-what
Johannesburg, South Africa
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82 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go to Grahamstown you have to visit The Rat! Very well priced, excellent food and a good choice menu. Even though the place was humming, although still early, the service was excellent. Yes it is noisy, busy and hectic but that all adds to the fun. The Rhodes students know best .... this is the place to be!

Thank Wendy C
Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Meal: The meal we had was really good. It was well priced and great quality. The Rat really has become well known for their pizza's and I can see why! Atmosphere: Atmosphere is and will always be a fun place to go for drinks and food. There is always laughter and plenty of students enjoying themselves there. Service: Service was... More 

Thank jordanbI9751WN
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

One of the best places to eat and drink in Grahamstown. Nice staff, comfortable seating and a very fun vibe, not to mention good food at fair prices

Thank Helen T
Grahamstown, South Africa
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The Rat is truly an institution. The service but student staff members is never perfect but it is not bad. The drinks are great, the food surprisingly good and the atmosphere is hard to forget. No wonder returning ex-students and residents make a point of including a drink or bite to eat on their itinerary.

1 Thank brianfQ3331OT
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

The rat and parrot is well worth a visit for a good down to earth meal and a choice of some of the Local beers. Food is of good portions and value for money. We had the platter and that was a good variety and certainly filling. Well worth it for a chilled night out!!

1 Thank Kevin_Edyta
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Food was good, well priced. Lively fun place with good service. Looks the same as when I was a student 20 years ago.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

What you see is what you get, easy, simple and quite enjoyable... only pity you have to be certain of your spirits as they may give you Gordon's instead of Tanqueray.....

Thank Cingashe M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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?