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“Disappointing food & service, nice for kids”

Old Gaol Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 39 Restaurants in Swellendam
Price range: US$1 - US$7
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2014

After reading such good reviews and articles this was a disappointment. Admittedly we arrived after a bus load of tourists but for a place with such capacity they should be used to it. The service was extremely poor, on three occasions we were told that what we ordered was no longer available and then one of the dishes came half an hour after the rest. The food was mediocre at best and a roosterkoek is no more than a toasted bread with not a lot of taste...

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Reviewed 5 April 2014

What a disappointment. After waiting 30min for toasted sandwiches we started asking where our food was.
Other patrons were also starting to complain - they had been there 45min. Only about 8 tables were occupied and yet the staff said they were 'busy'.
Whilst we were waiting we had to remind the waiter that we had ordered a 2nd cappucino - he finally arrived with the wrong coffee. The manageress seemed uninterested.
We finally left without any food after nearly an hour.
On leaving a waitress told us that the kitchen was busy preparing food for a coach bus that was due to arrive.
What a pity they didn't tell us there would be a delay, when we first arrived.

Thank Allkin2014
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Always a good "go-to" restaurant! Good food at reasonable prices and a view on the most beautiful church in the ountry.

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Thank Karla B
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We came to this restaurant following a bad experience at a nearby restaurant La Belle Alliance. We were pushed for time and rather shaken. The waitresses could not have been more pleasant and helpful. We had a great salad and everything was served promtly and with a smile. Definitely recommend this for lunch . Outdoor seating is lovely.

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Thank Bellou2
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We stopped here for a late lunch and had two really tasty salads. The service was excellent and the staff very friendly. I only wish we had been in this area longer to try out more of their menu. There are tables outside under the shade of the trees as well as inside. All in all, a lovely place to stop.

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Thank HelenLanghammer
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