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“Much to improve...” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Walkerbay Estate and Birkenhead Brewery

Walkerbay Estate and Birkenhead Brewery
Ranked #4 of 13 things to do in Stanford
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Owner description: As the first wine and brewing estate in the southern hemisphere, we run a small but growing micro brewery, water bottling plant, winery and vineyard situated in the Western Cape of South Africa. We have much to offer, not only to the beer and wine enthusiast, but to those just interested in visiting our beautiful country estate near Stanford in the shadow of the Klein Rivier mountains. Here you will find out about our exceptional beer,our country estate, our brewery. As of September 2015 the restaurant is under new management called "Birkenhead Galley" separately listed in Trip advisor by the new owners. Come and enjoy our delicious food and freshly brewed beer, and visit our vineyard and winery where we produce Walker Bay Vineyards wines.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Stanford, South Africa
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Much to improve...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

Birkenhead Brewery might have good beer but lack hugely on atmosphere, large open space when you enter, with no real feel of welcome to this establishment, not even talking about the decor which is awful...take you back to the 70's look, you know, almost that hostel feel, square tables with white cloths & green overlay & that generic wineglasses with the napkin art in...let us try moving the place into the 21st century...

Service can improve tremendously...waiting a long time & please excuse yourself when you spilled half of the beer tasting in the tray & not run off & get a filthy cloth to mop up...offer to refill or replace the whole tray freshly...basically try to be not so clumsy...

Also inform the waiters what is available or let them inform the customers beforehand what is available & what not...nothing more annoying when you want something & then that sentence come..."sorry out of stock, or it is not on the menu anymore..." Will not go into the food, not a place that I will recommend...

Although not a place for coffee, try then to serve a good cup of coffee if it is available on menu...my poor friend (which is pregnant) got a cuppacino with more milk then a dairy cow & such weak coffee & on top of that it was cold...

Birkenhead, you have such potential & a setting...let it work for you, we were there on 3 occasions & either of the 3 was great...with some freshening up the bar area & dining area & better trained staff, you will be a hit!

Ps...If I can have your beer cheaper somewhere else & not at the brewery itself, who do you think will I support?

Visited January 2014
Thank SAdutchtraveler
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English first
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63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A slice of UK Beers in South Africa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

Great location, easy to find. Good selection of beers and wines to try and buy. You may need a small tanker of arrange alternative transport to take your purchases home!

Visited February 2014
Thank Julian H
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Kempton Park, South Africa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Worst Restuarant Service yet!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

What was supposed to be great family lunch outing with a beer tasting on the 26th of December 2013 ended with us leaving the brewery after waiting for 1,5 hrs for our food and then being told that our order wasn't even started. I understand staffing problems on a day like Boxing day, but then why do you still take food orders?

Visited December 2013
2 Thank CoachBert
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Hermanus, South Africa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A trip worth taking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

We have visited the Birkenhead brewery, in Stanford, on many occasions and have always found it to be a very pleasant outing. The staff are always very obliging and helpful. The food is tasty of a good quality and sufficient proportions. The beer is excelent and well brewed. All this coupled to the magnifient mountain views makes this a really worthwhile trip.

The Rowe clan.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Dave R
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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120 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Always a treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

We love the Birkenhead brewery and always make an effort to get to the brewery when we are in the Hermanus area. Well worth the trip. The beer tasting is a must in order to determine your favourite and then sit down with a full glass over your favourite over lunch. All the beers are great but Honey Blonde is a firm favourite amongst our friends and family. Make an effort to be there over lunch time as they make one of the best beer pies I’ve tasted.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Diane L
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