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“Great environment,relaxing cruise”
Review of Stonehaven on Vaal

Stonehaven on Vaal
Price range: US$3 - US$10
Cuisines: International, Bar, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Stonehaven is owned by the Cloete-Anderson Family and is the Vaal River’s social centre, a natural interface between locals and visitors. Here you will find the largest alfresco Garden Restaurant in South Africa. You will enjoy being greeted by the relaxed and charming ambience as you meander through Stonehaven’s cobbled pathways that lead you through the quaint herb garden, over 1000 rose bushes and the mature gardens and lawns that sweep down to the Vaal River. You have a variety of dining options at Stonehaven on Vaal. The Dining Terrace provides an attractive spot for summer meals overlooking the river as does the garden and lawns where you can enjoy dining under a gazebo. Dining around the swimming pool while your children enjoy a dip is also a perfect way of enjoying relaxed family dining. The Wine Cellar and River Pub have a friendly atmosphere which makes the conversation flow naturally and easily. You will enjoy experiencing winter in the sanctuary of Stonehaven’s cosy River Pub with its roaring and crackling fireplaces enhanced by Stonehaven’s many antiques and nautical ornaments and memorabilia. Stonehaven‘s fare is hearty in quantity and freshly prepared from local produce. Menus range from light pub meals to a more serious restaurant menu with a mix of classic and modern dishes. Homemade puddings are a particular treat at Stonehaven.Besides the 10 acres of beautifully tendered gardens, there is the busy Stonehaven Harbour with a selection of Cruisers to choose from for your sized function – from 2 to 200. Full onboard dining is catered for from breakfasts, brunches, braais, spits, smorgasbords, picnics, buffets, seafood extravaganzas and cocktail snacks. Stonehaven also hosts a regular Sunday Cruising Buffet every Sunday aboard one of the luxurious cruisers or floating restaurants - “The Spirit of Jen”.Stonehaven on Vaal hosts many different kinds of functions, such as 21st Birthday Parties, Stork Parties, Kitchen Teas, Engagements, Weddings, Christenings, Anniversaries, Children’s Parties, Corporate conferences, Corporate Team Building and Year End FunctionStonehaven on Vaal won several Sedibeng Tourism Awards. The awards cover all establishments in the greater Vaal area. Stonehaven took first place for the Outdoor and Leisure Category, which covers all aspects including River Cruises, Team Building and Leisure. Stonehaven was also voted one of the top 3 Conference Venues and one of the top 3 Restaurants in the whole of the Vaal area.
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Stonhaven is really a good venue if you want to relax in a great environment on the banks of the Vaal River. The service is awesome, even on the `Spirit of Jen` cruise, The food was well prepared and the meat dishes excellent. The cruise down the river ,most enjoyable and scenic. The entertainment by Lizz Engelbrecht and her band adding to the ambience during the cruise. A lovely,unforgettable evening.

Thank 886andrew
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4 - 8 of 227 reviews

Reviewed 20 August 2017

Everything ran smoothly and the staff was very helpful and friendly. Food was great and the boat was set up exactly as we asked for it to be. All the guests were impressed with the facilities and the food and service. Thank you for stocking the bar so well.

We very much appreciate your help and assistance with the planning and the execution of the plans. Well done to you and your team.

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Thank Landie & Myburg... F
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Most enjoyable, relaxing, unhurried. Good menu, staff pleasant need a touch of fine tuning though. Food well prepared and good value. Fabulous setting inside and out. Not overly busy during the week a good time to escape for an early lunch. Well run

Thank 508jeffreyi
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is just a lovely venue with professional friendly staff, great eats and an awesome scenic view and if you get "held" over they offer great accommodation on site :-)

Thank DeonTerBlanche
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Been to Stonehaven often for lunch in the main restaurant and it's always been great! Unfortunately this time it failed to deliver.
Firstly our waiter was either new or he didn't really care what kind of service he was offering. Every time we wanted something we either to look for him or ask for him. He wasn't very professional at all.
Secondly the food was rather bland - it seemed as if the chef went through the motions and merely plonked the food onto the plate. I've always had great meals in this restaurant - this time it mediocre and bland.
Maybe because there was a Potjie festival the restaurant was stretched with waiters (there were very few in the restaurant) and the kitchen was too busy to put some life and soul into the food.

I'm sure I'll be going back again and I sincerely hope this was a once off and the next time everything is back to normal - both the service and the food great once again.

Thank BigBert10
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