A Guide to the Best English Pubs in Dullstroom

Dullstroom is often compared to the Scottish Highlands and it’s easy to understand why. Both places possess a stark beauty and celebrate slow, authentic living. Things to do in Dullstroom include fly fishing, golfing, horseback riding and clay pigeon-shooting, all of which are traditional country pursuits.

That brings us to another traditional country pursuit: Sinking a few ales in an old English pub.

English pubs have a few notable traits. They must possess a good, strong name. They aren’t flashy sports bars, but rather, have a cozy interior with a fireplace and heavy wooden furniture. Every self-respecting English pub is filled with paraphernalia from some sporting scene or another, and perhaps there are even a few forgotten driver’s licenses nailed to the bar.

If you’re staying at Walkersons Hotel & Spa and wondering, “Is there an English pub near me?” you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s our list of the best old English pubs in and around Dullstroom:

1. Walkersons Bar & Lounge

Look, we’re biased, but here at Walkersons, we celebrate everything traditional and authentic. Our chief restaurant is called The Flying Scotsman, after all!

Our bar and lounge is open to outside guests, as well as in-house patrons. Inside, you can expect a cozy setting: The thatched roof and lit candles in the evening give it an old-world feel.

Behind the bar you’ll find the finest local and international spirits, as well as a wonderful selection of wines.

This is the perfect place to wind down after a busy day or to have a few drinks before dinner.

Where? 10km outside of Dullstroom towards Lydenburg

Contact: 013 253 7000

2. Wild About Whiskey

Nothing would be reminiscent of Scotland without some whiskey thrown in the mix. Visit Wild About Whiskey and gawk at their staggering selection of whiskies from around the world – more than 1000 different whiskies!

If you’re looking for things to do in Dullstroom, why not book a tasting? Whiskey might not be everyone’s cup of tipple, but they promise to make you a convert by the end of it! And whisky lovers, we don’t need to convince you, do we?

Where? Naledi Drive

Contact: 013 254 0066

3. Anvil Brewhouse

Owner Theo de Beer (a fitting name) started this micro-brewery in 2010. Since then, it’s taken on a life of its own and quickly become a favourite local haunt.

Nothing says old English pub quite like brewing your own ale on the premises, and they make plenty! A few beers to choose from include their Blonde Ale, Pale Ale, Black Anvil, Alaskan Amber Ale and their intentional award-winning White Anvil, Bookoo and Mjolnir IPA.

Adding to the old-world feel is the blacksmith’s anvil in the front courtyard, a symbol of Theo’s father’s trade, the roaring fireplace and the stonework of the exterior.

Where? 746 Naledi Drive

Contact: 013 254 0197

4. Duck & Trout

There’s that good, strong name we were talking about! The Duck & Trout is a favourite local watering hole and serves tasty pub fare. Try their hake and chips and a Kilkenny beer for something extra traditional.

Where? Naledi Drive

Contact: 067 290 3822

5. Coachman Restaurant

Thanks to their fantastic menu and warm atmosphere, Coachman is one of the most popular places to visit in Dullstroom. The building, signage and roaring fire at night give this place the ultimate old English pub feel.

Where? 89 Naledi Drive

Contact: 013 254 0019

Book your next weekend away

Come stay with us at Walkersons and enjoy the very best of country life, including (but not limited to) the fantastic selection of old English pubs in the region!

With a range of tailor-made packages and affordable deals, Walkersons Hotel & Spa offers wonderful self-catering and hotel accommodation in Dullstroom.

Have a look at our website to see the various self-catering cottages available to you. To book, email our reservation desk at book@walkersons.co.za or make use of the quick and seamless online booking process by clicking here.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Walkersons Hotel & Spa!

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