Having been open for over 10 years, Giles – named after the famous cartoon strip – attracts a loyal following of locals who come mainly for after-work drinks and chit-chat at the bar. The interiors are festooned with comic strips, as is appropriate, and make for amusing reading when you’ve had one too many to engage in actual conversation. For a quick food fix order a plate of biltong at the bar, always manned by unnervingly enthusiastic bartenders. Crowds tend to congregate here for the sporting fixtures shown on the TVs, with people spilling out on the street drinks still in-hand. Aside from the buzzing bar, the restaurant is a good spot for dinner with highly attentive waiters and an Anglo-French menu; highly recommended is the granny burger, fish and chips or Kudu pie.
The menu has changed somewhat since 1994, yet the favorites still remain, such as the grandma burger and Andy’s fish n chips. To keep the menu fresh, varied and interesting there are monthly specials. The wine list is extensive, inexpensive featuring some unique estates. 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).