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The Rat and Parrot 2.0- bigger and better

A new and improved upstairs bar is one of the changes to The Rat and Parrot. Photo by Niamh Walsh- Vorster.


By Rhea MacDonald

Grahamstown’s most well-known restaurant and pub, The Rat and Parrot, has been undergoing renovations that have recently been completed, just in time for the arrival of Rhodes students.

Service Manager Schalk van der Merwe says that the aim of the renovations is to enlarge the kitchen, extend the deck bar, enclose the beer garden and build a new deck above the beer garden.

“Nothing will be weather-dependent anymore,” says van der Merwe. “Before, if it was raining, people couldn’t go out in the beer garden. Now, they can use all areas at all times.”

For those worried that their weekend hangout spot won’t be the same, don’t fret. Van der Merwe explains that though it may look different, the atmosphere will be exactly the same.

“We continue trying to improve our establishment and give customers the best experience we can,” says van der Merwe.

For O-week, The Rat will be hosting live entertainment nights as well as various specials throughout the week.

There’s nothing better than a cold beer on a hot afternoon, especially at this old Grahamstown favourite, so be sure to check out the new and improved Rat when you get to town.

The Rat and Parrot have added a whole new upstairs deck to the establishment, providing much more space for patrons. Photo by Niamh Walsh- Vorster.

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