The Griffin

The Griffin
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R130 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Modern, Pub fare
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

The Griffin offers a seasonal and well-thought out menu showcasing modern pub food with international flair and flavour combinations. The menu has trendy twists on it yet the food is welcoming and easy to identify with. There is a weekly Sunday lunch offering which is prepared “just how mom used to make it” and it inspires memories of family and childhood in a warm kitchen.

The starters and snacks are easy-going and simple. Try the duck spring rolls served with plum sauce or the spicy chicken, green papaya and coconut salad for a flavor explosion.

Main courses are sublime. The portion sizes are large and the meals are very well cooked. The slow roast pork belly with potato and onion bake is decadent, rich and delicious. For a lighter meal, try the Moroccan flat bread topped with pulled lamb, mint and spring onions, big dollops of baba ganoush and tzatziki. The gourmet burger is a signature dish at the establishment and you can sink your teeth into a pure beef patty topped with cheese and caramelised onions.

For the pub goers, or for those who enjoy sharing, there is a good selection of sharing boards, mezze and nibbles. There is also a children’s menu offered at lunch time.

The drinks menu has something for everyone on offer  a superb selection of craft beers, beer on tap and local brews. The establishment also has a good selection of local wines, spirits and cocktails available, making it the perfect spot for a social drink of any kind.

The service lets the establishment and experience down. The wait staff are disorganised and there is a severe lack of them. Managers need to take ownership of the floor and of the experience to make it a more slick and organised ship.

The ambience is perfect for a casual, gastro pub environment. There is good music all day and a friendly, easy-going vibe. Patrons are at The Griffin to have a good time and the eclectic mix of diners and bar-goers adds a fun energy to the experience. The Griffin has an outside seating area for a more casual experience as well as the main indoor dining area for a warmer, more intimate experience.

The Griffin is extremely well-known for its Sunday lunches but be warned, one has to book. The establishment also has a variety of fun evenings, including quiz nights which draw a large crowd and can be enjoyed by anyone who is interested in a great night out.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Sadly we were one of only 2 tables in the restaurant this past Sunday so the ambience wasn't the best, but the service and food more than made up for the empty restaurant. The limited but delectable menu and a fantastic drinks selection made it hard to decide what we wanted, but we definitely weren't disappointed with our selections. Definitely the highlight was the roast lamb Sunday roast with duck fat roast potatoes and seasonal veg. Everything was cooked to perfection. Additionally the manager made our 3 year old his own special mini burger and gave it to us on the house. We will definitely be back for the full on Sunday Roast, this time with friends.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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