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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” (16 reviews)
“oxtail” (17 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Corner of Main St & Van Zyl St, Clarens 9707, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 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.

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

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

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

Thank 119review
Reviewed 17 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

1  Thank AndySmal
Reviewed 5 April 2018

The pub was average, we sat in the marquee, the chairs had seen better days. Service was good and they offered a selection of food which was adequate. Selection of drinks was good.

Thank EmmaM5614
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Keg type experience, good for pub grub type experience. His for social visits and drinks while catching something to eat

Thank Craigebe1
Reviewed 15 January 2018

For our last meal of a good breakaway we had in Clarens we went to the Grouse and Claret, we all decided on meals from the Pub Lunch menu. As we were the only people in the restaurant the service was very slow. The food...More

Thank StephanieP2972
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Cannot comment on food as we only had a quick sundowner. You get the feel of a pub, not a romantic restaurant for dinner with a loved one I think. Service was good.

1  Thank AnnaliK2
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Bordering the park, and well-positioned on the corner allows one to experience the ambiance and bustle of Clarens, whilst surrounded by stunning scenery. The service was good and food was great. It was really cold on the day, so their chicken pot pie was a...More

Thank bastapelberg
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Lydia l
20 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, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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