The Royal Hotel occupies rather a grand old building and its raised position near the centre of the village is ideal for visitors wanting somewhere to stay. We had a quick look around inside and at the back and thought everything seemed rather dark and soulless. The shaded terrace at the front, on the other hand, is an excellent spot for lunch. The menu seemed well put together and there was a smallish wine list that listed wines by the vineyard. We were amused (not in a good way) by the plate of bite-size toasts with strawberry jam and butter that was placed on the table in lieu of bread and butter. Thankfully our main courses proved that there was someone of competence working in the kitchen. Crispy gnocchi with mushrooms, rocket and parmesan was tasty and well-executed. A kudu burger with triple-cooked chips was just as good, although the saucer-full of tomato ketchup could have served ten. Service was friendly, if a little slow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The grand old lady finally has her new dress on" is what the locals said when The Royal was refurbished and upgraded to the highest standards in 2005/2006. After serving more than seven generations, the oldest hotel of the Western Cape occupies a very special place in the hearts of both local and international visitors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Riebeek Kasteel