The Red Herring Restaurant & Skebanga’s Sunset Bar, Noordhoek
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Price Range: 6/10
Type: Restaurant pub
Crowd: Broad range
Service: 6/10 (Chilled but still decent)
Day Of the Week: It seem there may be entertainment on Thursday evenings…
Time: 12:00 (Lunchtime spot but also a good venue for Rugby viewing)
Address: Corner of Beach and Pine roads, Noodhoek
Nice view, friendly ambience, close to the beach…
The beauty of the Red Herring Restaurant is the versatility of things you can do in addition to having a drink and a bite to eat.
The lower level is standard/basic restaurant which would be ideal for those rainy, windy days. There is an outside section which is also quite nice as you get a slight glimpse of the ocean but are mainly surrounded by lush tree’s and small ponds coming from the neighbouring guest shop. The upstairs area is a gem. The bar area has a wooden-walled club house feel and has your usual beach-type pub features and comes off very welcoming. There is a wooden deck outside and this is where it is all at! Due to the decks popularity, there are no bookings for this section and it is usually always taken up. If you would really like the full experience, take a seat and ask one of the waitrons to save a table on the deck for when one free’s up.
You can expect your usual pub menu. A nice range of pizza’s are provided in addition to tasty staters and nice mains which don’t break the bank. On average, a pizza is around R65 and drinks are a couple of Rands cheaper than what you would expect to pay at a pub in the ‘burbs or town.
The location and the vibe of the Red Herring are what make it a must. Once you have satisfied your belly and had a merry beer or few, you can take a walk down stairs and go to the bakery which is situated in the same “cluster” as the Herring. Also in the “cluster” is a cute shop which sells ornaments, jewellery, incense and the like, as well as a cafe which boosts quality Cape style Indian food such as Babootie and curries, in addition to other general cafe-style snaks.
If all of this isn’t your cup of java, you can skip it and take a stroll around the area as it very quiet and has a real suburban feel to it. My suggestion though would be to take a walk to the beach (which is a 5 minute walk away). You can either lay down and catch some rays and brave a swim if you have the balls.
In terms of the crowd, expect to find all sorts of people from bikers to guys that have just finished painting a house, to beautiful girls looking for fun in the sun to tourists out to see the diversity that the Cape Scene has to offer.
So all in all, a really chilled welcoming ambience which leaves you leaving relaxed and in the mood for some fun in the sun.