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The Old Hatchery Restaurant

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Drak Gardens Road | Drak Gardens Road, Underberg 3257, South Africa
+27 81 011 6311
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The Lamb Shank was heavenly, the whole family enjoyed the meal and what a stunning setting. The prices were reasonable, with good service, we would definitely go back.

Thank Gavin P
Benoni, South Africa
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202 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

When we arrived it was not quite what we expected as fairly informal pub style restaurant / bar. Service was good and a lovely spot with the waterfall and deck overlooking the valley. Could not find out much if they am actual trout hatchery? Menu looked interesting with typical pub food - ribs, prawns, crab etc. We however did not... More 

Thank Whctree
Shelley G, Owner at The Old Hatchery Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Whctree Thank you for your review. I can agree with you on the fact that we are a fairly casual country restaurant. Not so much a pub, the bar is tucked into the corner and really only services the guests eating here. Thank you for the compliments on the service and the views. The property was a trout hatchery... More 

Underberg, South Africa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Atmosphere, food and service were phenomenal, a table of about 12 different tabs handled expertly, prices are very competitive!

Thank Gabzvz
Shelley G, Owner at The Old Hatchery Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Gabzvz Thank you for your review. It was a privilege to have all you ladies with us on that night. Take care Shelley More 

Durban, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017

A charming restaurant - just perfect for a quick and relaxing meal. It was the ideal way to end our day out.

Thank Margaret S
Benoni, South Africa
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We were on route back to our accommodation when the kids decided that they wanted to River Tube, so we stopped at the Old Hatchery. What a lovely venue with great food. Service was a bit on the slow side, but then again you are on holiday. Trout and Eisbien were fab

Thank atheliah
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

A fascinating building over the river food is worth the drive and the place has lots of charm. The terraces have wonderful views.

Thank Ralph G
Johannesburg, South Africa
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

This place is well worth the trip out of town if you are looking for a good old fashioned meal with no frills attached - other than the great view. The place was busy, but we did manage to secure a table outside, for which I recommend. Friendly Staff - an extensive menu offering good old meals - no fancy... More 

Thank Tony M
Durban, SA
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Maybe it was because it was the 1st but the service was slow and largely disinterested and the food was pretty average. Fettuccini was overcooked and I have never had pasta served over mixed veg - probably won't again either. If you do decide to try it - take your own wine as the options are very limited. Been there... More 

Thank sacit
Shelley G, Owner at The Old Hatchery Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear sacit I'm so sorry you were disappointed. We had a few staff related issues to deal with and I'm truly sorry that it affected your experience here. Our Polo Pizza on Pasta is indeed a very unique dish that has FRESH vegetables (carrots & beans), pasta, napolitana sauce topped with a chicken breast and some pizza toppings (bacon, feta... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

We arrived for lunch on 29 December 2016 on a cool and overcast day looking for a warm lunch. We scanned the menu and settled on a lamb curry only to be told that this was not available, neither was the Eisbein or Lamb shanks, leaving only steak dishes and fish and chips. We settled for the latter which in... More 

Thank GladystheCamel
Shelley G, Owner at The Old Hatchery Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear GladystheCamel Thank you for your review. I'm so sorry for the lack of some items on our menu. Being in an outlying area we rely on companies to deliver their goods to us on a weekly basis. Normal delivery day is Wednesday but with all the public holidays that fall around Christmas that delivery day gets affected. This year... More 

Durban, South Africa
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Great food and friendly service for a group of hungry hikers. We arrived after closing time after a hike in the Berg. We were welcomed and they served us very good food.

Thank Jack B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$9
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Drak Gardens Road | Drak Gardens Road, Underberg 3257, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Underberg
  • Phone Number: +27 81 011 6311
Our lovely thatch rondavel restaurant has a country feel with a panoramic view over the waterfall that flows into our trout dam. Our signature dishes include the Fillet Ripini and Pollo Pizza on Pasta with our very own home made pasta. We also serve Rainbow Trout. Although some of our dishes have an Italian influence we also have some South African favourites like oxtail, lamb shank and of course steaks. We also have fish and vegetarian options.

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