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Grouse and Claret

Corner of Main St & Van Zyl St, Clarens 9707, South Africa
+27 58 256 1795
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“pot pie” (17 reviews)
“oxtail” (18 reviews)
“mash” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Corner of Main St & Van Zyl St, Clarens 9707, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Disgusting! No interest in serving us! Pot pie which is normally great was so salty we couldn’t eat it !

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Trail22251104409
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Bad manager who doesn’t take feedback well and salty food. Horrible experience on what could have been an enjoyable evening.More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Tyson M
GrouseandClaret, Owner at Grouse and Claret, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Hi Tyson M I see Kelly has taken her review off after I made personal contact with her to get more information on your groups experience? Am still awaiting a response. So, after talking to my waitress and manager as well as watching the camera...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

Good place to be. Seating outside and inside. Also around the pub. Friendly staff. As we sat down we got snax --- for free!! Where do you still get something for free? At first we only had drinks and were about to walk the streets...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MirieJ
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Our evening was really lovely...we had dinner in the dining area and despite the pub reputation, it was quite romantic. Our waitress, Penny, was so helpful! And really made a point of checking in to see if we needed anything. The other waitrons were also...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MelH1030
Reviewed 25 September 2018

This is a must visit. Book early to secure your table - it is very popular. Fast service, friendly waiters. The fireplace is so nice in the cold evenings. Enjoy the oxtail - for meatlovers - succulent and soft.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank kobusp2015
Reviewed 12 August 2018

This bar has a nice evening atmosphere which is different than during the day. The staff link in with the customers and talk to them to create a pleasant atmosphere. There is a large range of drink options and the food is fast and tasty.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Mark B
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Sour butternut soup... Need I say more? The manager tried to justify the very bad tasting soup by saying they add orange juice. Citrus doesn't make butternut soup taste off and sour. She tasted the soup (from my plate) and said sorry, but that is...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank leonew253
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Goodness what an unfriendly place. We just had a cup of coffee there - maybe that is the reason. The coffee took about 20 minutes to arrive. Coffee was not nice as it tasted like the water was burned. Wr asked for cold milk we...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank ozzyloss
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Had an amazing Friday night. The singer and bar lady had the whole pub swinging. Met some amazing people and had an unforgettable evening

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 119review
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Great location on one of the corners of the main square in Clarens, facing off against the other main evening dinner spot, the Highlander, the Grouse has been the pub mainstay of Clarens for years and with pretty good reason. Service is always friendly and...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank AndySmal
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19 March 2018|
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Response from GrouseandClaret | Property representative |
Very much so. Outside in our bench area we insist on furkids. Also, in our bar area unless we get a compliant. The only area we have to consider is our dining room as some people do complain.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner of Main St & Van Zyl St, Clarens 9707, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Free State  >  Clarens
  • Phone Number: +27 58 256 1795
  • E-mail
For over 10 years a family run pub and restaurant. Great menu. Live music venue over weekends. Very well locally supported as well as our wonderful regular weekend 'local' visitors. Check our Facebook page for updates on food and drink specials as well as live music updates.
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