Bertie Reed had been brought to the V&A’s Dock House offices in August 1989 by Geoff Grylls soon after the veteran and legendary yachtsman returned from Newport, Rhode Island in the USA. Bertie had seen what he wanted — a quayside pub and restaurant at the V&A Waterfront.
Bertie’s Landing opened in September 1990 alongside the Clock Tower where the Robben Island Gateway is today and was the first new-build project at the V&A Waterfront.
These photos were taken soon after Bertie’s opened — so they are over 30 years old and the partygoers shown here are 50–60 years old today. Do you recognise anyone? Click on any image to open the larger slideshow.
Bertie’s Landing followed in the footsteps of Ferryman’s Tavern to become an instant Waterfront success. It quickly became SA Breweries second-best outlet in South Africa, with only Quay Four selling more beer when it opened a few months later.
Bertie’s was a destination in its own right, because there was no bridge linking it to the main Pierhead precinct of the Waterfront. You either used the Penny Ferry across The Cut or drove there.
Bertie’s landing was liquidated in about 1993 and sold, to reopen as Bertie’s Big Easy. It never regained its former glory days and was sold again, and closed forever soon after.
Bertie had moved on to open Bertie’s Mooring in Gordon’s Bay but the memory of Bertie’s Landing remains for many.