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The Bell Tavern

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Lower Duthie Drive, Belvidere Estate | At The Belvidere Manor Hotel, Knysna 6570, South Africa
+27 44 387 1055
08:00 - 22:00
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Enfield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

lovely little tavern, excellent food. Just like a good country pub in the UK but better cheaper food. Great atmosphere.

Thank eladevu
Cape Town, South Africa
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137 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

What a welcome discovery! Exploring the area we stumbled across this gem and opted to stop for lunch. I’m so glad we did; it was one of the best and most enjoyable meals of our two week holiday. There’s a lot of history in the pub building and a calm, tranquil atmosphere away from the tourist hubbub. Our waiter was... More 

Thank Dancingthroughchaos1
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

We ate here 3 times whilst staying in the cottages for 2 nights so this speaks for itself. Good value great food and wine

Thank travelaslongasican
Durban, South Africa
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

This was the our first lunch spot on our trip . What a treat .. I had a glass of Miss Molly and crab cakes ..Staff where brilliant , service was great . lovely menu and great settings . Well done .

Thank anitaf37
Kalo Chorio, Cyprus
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is our fourth visit to the Bell and the food, drink and staff are excellent. The menu offers a good choice. We would especially like to thank Jeffery for his cheerfulness and efficiency. Super, duper!!!

Thank Diane H
Coventry, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Visited again on my most recent visit to knysna, I've been visiting for many years and have never experienced a bad meal here! Sunday lunch is great, Cobb salad is great and everything everyone else has had on my visits has been great! The biggest bonus is that they are 'dog friendly', and generally the other customers tend to be... More 

Thank Mattchu75
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

The Bell Tavern gives the impression of primarily serving the nearby hotel. The authenticity of the pub experience is almost entirely lost when sitting outdoors as you sit at a picnic table and watch your food arrive from over the road, opposite the tavern itself. That being said, the food is nice and service is good. It's just a shame... More 

Thank Darren C
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We have been here a few times over the years. Service in the peak season can be a bit on the slow side but if you are on holiday that should not be a problem. The food was excellent and complimented by a nice wine list. Prices are reasonable and the service very friendly. A must if you are in... More 

Thank David H
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Established in 1832 this must be one of South Africa's first Taverns. Filled with old world charm but still doesn't feel old at all as you lunch under wine vines as a fresh breeze blows off the Knysna Lagoon in typical Western Cape fashion. Had Ice cold Foresters draught and delicious fish and chips in a light batter and perfectly... More 

Thank Lloyd H
port elizabeth south africa
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105 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

wonderful setting. relax in the surroundings of beautiful gardens , enjoy a great Sunday lunch .ROAST AND VEG good choice ,pies are also very popular . the service excellent ,food well priced .

Thank billy b

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Duthie Drive, Belvidere Estate | At The Belvidere Manor Hotel, Knysna 6570, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: +27 44 387 1055
It is a quaint little pub sitauated on the grounds of Belvidere Manor

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?