Giles Original Restaurant

5 Reviews
Bistro fare, Burgers, Light meals, Pub fare, South African, Tapas
Phone Number 0114424056 Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday 12noon to 11pm; Fridays and Saturdays 12noon to 11.30pm; Sundays closed


Menu - Giles A La Carte Menu 2018 -updated February 2018


R80 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Burgers, Light meals, Pub fare, South African, Tapas
R80 avg main meal
Bar scene, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Dress code, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, WiFi

Owner's description

Giles is one of the northern suburbs most popular meeting places and has become renowned for its bustling ambience and superb deck overlooking the Craighall Park valley which has a magnificent sunset view. Generally attracting an upmarket crowd, Giles has become popular amongst young professionals, local residents and sport fanatics alike. Opened in 1994, by the late Ian Gillies, and now run by his three Children Kiarin Gillies, Ben Gillies and Bryn Gillies, began as a small neighbourhood pub with a rather large restaurant.

The name was spawned through the combination of Ian’s nickname and from the title of Giles cartoon books (drawn by Roland “Carl” Giles and published in the London Daily Express from 1945 - 1991) some of which were copied and pasted on the original dinner tablesThe menu has changed somewhat since 1994, yet the favourites still remain, such as the Grandma Burger, Andy’s fish n chips and their Homemade Pot Pies. To keep the menu fresh, varied and interesting there are weekly Chef Choice items. The wine list is extensive, inexpensive featuring some unique estates. The Giles cartoon theme still remains within the menu and walls with additions from Ian’s personal collections that he drew. Giles has a wine list that has something for everybody. A monthly special event is the wine tasting on the last sunday evening of the month. Top estates showcase their wines to the accompaniment of a gourmet meal (booking is absolutely essential).

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Giles - always good, has been good for years. You never have to worry that your food won't be first class. Nice venue, nice people, good service. And a great menu. What more do you need? I have tried most of the dishes and can recommend virtually everything. But my advice is, if you're hungry, try the burgers.
    A group of ladies who eat regularly were there today for lunch. This is a somewhat iconic venue in the area and the menu, pub grub as expected and known to a number of guests at the table. However the front of house service appeared dis-organised with all waiters serving all tables. This may be due to the lunch service being really short on customers. If drinks were ordered they were certainly received quickly. However, the food was so slow I offered to cook for the chef. I am not sure if the kitchen service is deliberately slow to promote the sale of drinks, which was not obviously done by the staff, but I became bored with the whole outing due to the long wait on food and having to order additional drinks which I did not really want. The service interaction at times was a bit loose and flippant. Disappointing.
    Richard I think you have the wrong place. I go to Giles pub quite often and NO WAYS would one of the staff treat a customer like that! It is such a well run place!
    I have never in my life been treated so badly at a restaurant or pub. The staff are rude and unwilling to do their jobs and the bar management takes the cake. I don’t know of any place where I’ve ever been told to f-off.I will be spending my money elsewhere from now on, I recommend you all do the same.
    I celebrated my birthday at Giles with friends last Friday evening. Just wanted to say we had a great time, Ben and Portia were very helpful and friendly - the atmosphere was great and the staff in general were helpful and efficient. Good job guys! Thanks for making my birthday party a success ,-)

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