As a scholar in the ‘80’s my father would take the family for Sunday lunch at his Club- what is now the PE St George’s Club. And it was more than just a meal, it was an occasion.
My brother and I had to wear our school uniforms as it was compulsory for all men and boys to wear a jacket and tie. My dad would be in his three piece suite and my mom would be dressed in understated elegance.
Our fellow diners would nod their heads in greeting across the dining room or shake hands firmly in the foyer.
However, it was the setting and the dining that brings back the fondest memories. The elegance of the reception area, the obvious history of the Club and the beautifully set tables inspired good behaviour from us rowdy boys. The waiters, professionalism personified, seemed to glide between the tables.
Then there was the meal. Multiple courses of soups, fish, roasts and of course dessert prepared to perfection and served with care.
The Club, as it is known by its patrons today, may have undergone some changes in dress code and have been renovated from time to time but the timeless elegance and graciousness, the superb service and the delightful menu and servings, remain much as they have for the past 150 years.
The PE St George’s Club was established in 1866 and so there are generations of Port Elizabethans and visitors from far and wide who, I am sure, have similar memories to mine.
In a fast changing world with its fads and fashions it is wonderful to step into the Club and be immersed in the best of a culture from a bygone era.
It is no longer compulsory for men to wear a jacket and tie but it is wonderful to notice that diners are still neatly and respectfully attired.
The Club underwent some major renovations a few years ago and the antique furniture and historic artwork where restored and now adorn the rooms and walls. The beautiful chandeliers were polished and reset in the high ceilings. It is worth taking time out from your meal just to view some of the furnishings and artwork up close.
The restaurant serves breakfasts and the lunch menu varies from day to day with delectable choices to suit all tastes. The Club is fully licensed with a varied and impressive wine list too.
Operating hours are Monday – Friday: 07:30 – 18:00. It is strongly recommended that you make the necessary reservations. Evenings and weekends are reserved for private functions, details of which can be obtained from the Club.
PE St George’s Club Contact Details