The rich history of Cape Town has been preserved in many a place in the Mother City, Perseverance Tavern is one of these places. From 1808, weary travellers that docked at van Riebeeck jetty would come to stay at Perseverance Tavern in what was known as Slave’s walk, now called Buitekant Street.
Winning the title of Pub of the year in 1985, by the Good Pub Guide, Perseverance Pub has seen numerous well known artists, sports stars, business people and politicians including Cecil John Rhodes, whose favourite seating place was on the slopes of the great Table Mountain where his monument stands to this day.
The pubs walls are selectively decorated with the oldest known street lamps used in Cape Town as well as portraits showing the diverse growth and nature of the Mother City. They received their official malt and wine license in 1836, and aside from the incredible malts and beers on offer, their seemingly normal pub menu is out of this world. It has everything from deliciously crumbed camembert, toasted treats, exquisite jalapeno and smoked chicken salad, pizzas, steaks, burgers right to Roast Eisbein, made to perfection. Every meal is prepared and presented in a pub style but with absolute excellence.
There is constantly something happening at Perseverance Pub, whether it be great live music from artists such as Kevin du Preez who has been a resident musician at Persies for the last 20 years, or live sport which sees Perseverance Pub truly alive.
The current owner of Perseverance Pub is Ian Sutcliffe who hails from Yorkshire and after purchasing the pub, truly put his heart into transforming and upgrading the tavern, yet perfectly maintaining the taverns rich history and beautiful old world charm that brings guests back time and time again to finally become regulars.
So why not go and have a fantastic pub meal inside a little piece of authentic history of the Mother City, no. 83 Buitenkant Street, Gardens is one of those little Cape Town gems where you might find your perfect spot.