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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” (47 reviews)
“milk tart” (26 reviews)
“chicken pie” (12 reviews)
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 239 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here as there is jungle gym area with seating so thought it would be good option with kids - firstly the jungle gym is old and limited and so dirty and the tables are far from the play area and also filthy. There is...More

Thank Grayson99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A late brunch and two very hungry people. I chose the Salmon Trout omelette at an additional R50. Maybe two tablespoons of Salmon Trout off cuts plonked in the omelette? Skinny anorexia omelette barely disguising the lack of filling, and a thick slice of raw...More

Thank tasmanianblue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to this restaurant in June and wanted a belly of pork roosterbrood. None was available. I did write a review and never got a reply and asked them to make more each day if it's so popular. IN August now when i went...More

Thank nanspans
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
08:00 - 17:00
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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