Member Name: Essexgirl2006
Bosun's Pub & Grill (Knysna, South Africa)
Advantages: Good pub grub, good value
Disadvantages: Menu limited,
Bosun's Pub & Grill is a traditional English style pub based in Knysna, on South Africa's Garden Route. It is based near our hotel, but this was not particularly centrally located so a lot of locals would visit here I suspect, or people with holiday homes in the area (it is close to the beach).
The pub is styled older than it actually is, and there is a verandah with tables and chairs for when the weather is good. We had reserved a couple of tables in the dining area, and a cosy fire had been lit. It is very informal place, with sport being shown on the flat screen televisions, but the food was excellent nonetheless. I had tagliatelle verde which was reasonably priced at R55 (£4.78/$7.33) and very tasty. It was more or less a creamy spinach and tomato pesto but I was very impressed. The serving wasn't as massive as some portions you can get in South Africa but it was a good size. I find pesto can be quite filling and rich, but this was spot on and I was delighted to finish it. They also brought round a complimentary bread basket with some utterly scrumptious sage bread. There dishes are very much typical 'pub grub' fare: fish & chips; bangers with mash; ham, egg & chips; burgers, steaks and lasagne were just some of the offerings and all very reasonably priced. With the exception of the steaks, the most expensive main courses were R80 (£6.95/$10.65) They had a small range of starters including soup, calamari and a slightly more exotic springbok carpaccio. There was also a limited range of desserts which some participated in - chocolate mousse, cheesecake and crème caramel. I understand they do roasts on Sundays.
I was also impressed with the drinks prices paying approx R20 for a vodka & coke (with the coke being in a bottle and still having enough left for another drink). As we were seated in the dining area, they brought our drinks to us. Sometimes there was a little wait for this as there were just two chaps covering the bar and the restaurant but they coped very well. We did have a bit of a wait for our food, but we were a large party. I had my back to the room, but I noticed that the restaurant area was busy but not quite full, and the bar had a steady service. One of the chaps was so charmingly captivated by my friend Karen that we forgave him when he forgot that the rest of us wanted drinks too. Both men were polite and friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
The toilets are typical pub toilets but cleaner than many, and stocked with the necessary. The general décor was typical of a pub (dark wood, padded seats) and had no real theme, apart from the odd bit of local sporting memorabilia.
I was not alone in our party of eleven of being impressed with our food and the value for money. No one is pretending this is fine dining, but it is very good pub grub and I recommend it should you be close by and in the market for typical pub fare.
Summary: A good place for some typical pub grub