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Posted on: Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Britannia Bunnies

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Britannia Hotel

Britannia Hotel

I had read about the Britannia Hotel and after asking local friends about it, it turns out that the Brittania is a bit of a legend in Durban.  The building, built in 1897, is now listed and forms part of the heritage of the city.  The front of the building must have been impressive in its hey day but seeing as Umgeni Road and its volumes of traffic now run past the venue its difficult to get a good look and appreciate the workmanship, for fear of being knocked over by a car!

However, we had not come to the Britannia to admire the architecture; we had come to sample a good curry (Britannia Bunnies to be exact).  I’m sometimes a bit wary of new places but not being able to find a parking spot and then finding out there was a waiting list for a table in the restaurant was clearly a good sign!

The Sports Bar

The Sports Bar

The Britannia is divided into two eating venues; the restaurant and the Sports Bar.  We had arranged to meet a friend for lunch and he’d managed to grab a table in the Sports Bar.  With walls adorned with Premier Division football shirts and Ferrari flags the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.  A great place to kick back and watch sport on the big screen.

The menu is pretty standard; there’s chicken, mutton or vegetarian curry, chicken, mutton or vegetarian roti’s and finally chicken, mutton or vegetarian Bunnie Chows.

Bunnie Chow

Bunnie Chow

The Bunnie Chows also come as a either a quarter or half (loaf of bread that is!).  The portions are more than adequate … in fact my brother and father order three half bunnies between them and had to take the 3rd home.  I had the chicken roti but I’m a bit of a weakling when it comes to spicy food and it turned out to be a bit too hot for me.

Prices are more than reasonable with a quarter Bunnie starting at R16 and the mutton curry only R39.90.  So next time you feel the need for a Quarter Bean Bunnie make your way to the Britannia Hotel – it’s definitely worth it.

Britannia Hotel, 1299 Umgeni Road, Durban
Telephone: +27 (0)31 303-2266

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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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4 comments about Britannia Bunnies
  1. February 3rd, 2010 at 14:13
    Travis Lyle says:

    You incorrectly state that the Britannia was built in 1897 – it was in fact built in 1877.

    p.s: it’s never spelled ‘Bunnie’ but rather ‘bunny’.

  2. February 3rd, 2010 at 14:27
    admin says:

    Hi Travis

    Thanks for the information.

    According to the Britannia Hotel, (Quote) … “This accomodation establishment is classified as a “listed” building and is part of the heritage of the lovely city of Durban. Built in 1897, the architecture is of colonial origin“, but then their actual logo says “since 1879″. So perhaps they are confused about when they were actually built!

  3. February 3rd, 2010 at 14:42
    Helen says:

    Hi Travis

    Thanks for your comment. I had originally used ‘bunny’ when writing the article but the Britannia Hotel menu spelt it ‘bunnie’ which I assumed was correct.

    Obviously the Britannia Hotel has no clue when they were built or how to spell ‘bunny / bunnie’ but we will forgive them because their bunny’s / bunnies are great!

  4. June 29th, 2011 at 17:55
    Mike says:

    There is not a Saturday that goes past without me going there for my Mince Kebaab Roti. Dont compare the food with how bad the Hotel looks outside. ( But then ) The less people that go there the more parking there is.