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Reviewed 19 October 2020

stopped for a bite on the way home - service excellent - food great but disapointed with the salad but the rest of the meals excellent -

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 2 September 2020 via mobile

Beautiful old venue but definitely lacks management. No atmosphere and lacks life. No toilet paper in the ladies and after going to front desk the issue remained after 30mins.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 2 September 2020 via mobile

Was ok.... nothing to write home about at all. Limited menu, no soap in toilets and no hand towels or paper towels. Clear lack of management or care

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

We were blown away by the effort that was made for us on our anniversary. I called to make a reservation and advised them we will be celebrating our anniversary. We arrived to roses on the table with a beautiful decorated table on the stoop...outside of the hotel. We were offered a glass of Brut on the house to kick off our celebrations for the weekend and enjoyed the sunset. Our starters and mains we could not fault, we both enjoyed every bite with every now and again saying to each other how delicious our meals were. The staff was also so friendly when we arrived and really made our special evening even more special. We will definitely visit again, thank you.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 24 January 2020

A wide ranging menu with plenty of traditional South African specialities and a good selection of local wines. Friendly and efficient service from the hotel staff.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 13 January 2020

In the heart of the Riebeeck Valley you will find the Royal Hotel with a fantastic Gin Bar where you can sip your Gin on the verandah before going into the dining room to savour on a meal cooked to perfection.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 18 December 2019

The Royal Hotel presents an old time dinner experience next to a very impressive bar counter that dates back to early in the previous century. This creates a special atmosphere complemented by very good food, reasonably priced wines and excellent service by very friendly staff....You will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 5 December 2019

The menu may still not have changed, but The Royal’s verandah has to be the top spot for lunch when the thermometer is nudging 40 C. We both had our favourites - crispy gnocchi with a creamy Gorgonzola sauce and fish and chips - and...they were well up to scratch. Service was good, too. The only thing missing was a functioning ceiling fan. Oh, and Sauvignon blanc by the glass was off the menu.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 4 December 2019 via mobile

Typical South African historical hotel. Worth going for the experience and atmosphere. A little bit amateurist but very friendly. Food excellent. Book ahead becsause they tend to close the restaurant if nobody has arrived.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 6 November 2019

Maybe we shouldn't have booked to eat here considering that there was a wine festival in town on the same day. When we arrived at the designated time 7.00pm no one was around to welcome us. We had to find someone at the hotel reception....The venue we were shown to was a dining area off the bar area which was buzzing with people. We were the only people dining there. The tables were not set. Just a table cloth. We ordered some water fort the two of us and received two glasses with water, not even a slice of lemon. We had just ordered when the waiter suggested that we move to another dining area where it was not noisy. We moved to a back room that had a large table of 8 people and a table of three. Again our table was not set and different people proceeded to set the table. Knife fork and serviette. The other tables had side plates. 2 knives and a fork. There was ACDC being played quite loudly on a big portable Bluetooth speaker. I asked for it to be turned down a bit which the big table appreciated, and then I commented that it was rather inappropriate dining music. It was instantly turned off. Turns out that the young girl at the three seater table was playing her music through the speaker! We then proceeded to sit in a silent dining room and everyone could hear each other's conversation. When our dinner came things improved greatly. The meals were delicious. My wife and I ordered the stuffed chicken fillet with roasted gnocchi. We were delighted with the food.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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23 May 2019|
Response from JohnK727 | Reviewed this property |
I hope that they don’t.
19 February 2019|
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Response from JohnK727 | Reviewed this property |
We have been for both. The only problem with lunch on the weekends I that the road is busy and the pedestrians can be noisy.
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