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Seagars Cooking School and Cafe

78 Main Street, Oxford 7430, New Zealand
+64 3 312 1435
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Ranked #3 of 4 Restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Seagars is owned by New Zealand Cook Book author Jo Seagar. The business includes the Seagars Cafe, Cook School, Kitchen Store and B&B Accommodation.
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

On a chilly Sunday at Oxford what better way to defrost the body than to enjoy a warming lunch at Jo's? We had really enjoyed a lesson at the cooking school some years earlier. About the same time we took advantage of the Thursday evening option which we enjoyed. This time on arrival there was some confusion at the counter... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Sorry to say but this place is bad. Firstly the food looks good but tastes poor, mainly I suspect because it is all cooked earlier and then slid out on cold plates. I had the potato salad which consisted of freezing overcooked (yesterday's) potatoes, some sliced (uncooked) deli sausage and some giant slices of gherkin. $20 approx and it tasted... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Very special place....is looks like at home...i like the atmosphere and the staff also is very welcoming! The food is very tasty and international...and good! I like it!! i suggest you to stop by, and try the cappuccino that is soo good!!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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70 reviews 70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Very small uninspiring menu, felt like living on past reputation. Dark, and depressing, snobby staff.

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Timaru, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We drove two hours from Timaru as a special birthday treat to visit Jo Seagers cafe in Oxford.Should have stayed at home.The menu was basic featuring three breakfast items and boring old bacon and egg pie.The Specials menu offered only three choices, one being a soup.Still hungry after an ordinary lunch, thought I might try a dessert.Surely this would be... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

I had lunch there with my daughter and what a disappointment. Such a limited and uninteresting menu. Surely someone who has written so many cooking books could put together a worthwhile menu. Our food was average and we told them so. Would not bother to go there again as each time there is no improvement in the menu or the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This was our second time to this cafe, and again we were disappointed. We didn't think the menu could get worse and we were sadly wrong! The range of choices on the menu is extremely limited, the only redeeming feature was the delicious parsnip soup with camembert and cashews. This was the only thing on the menu that wasn't boring!... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This was my second visit to this cafe in five years and it hasn't improved. I found the menu limited in genera, but as a gluten free diner, my choices were next to nil. After being offered a lunch main course of bacon and eggs, my friend and I settled for coffee and cake. Not sure the friand described as... More

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New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Our experience was underwhelming. Firstly, there is no system to ensure people who have to wait for a table are actually seated in the order in which they arrived, so you had better make sure that staff are aware you are waiting or you could be standing waiting for a very long time. The menu is very limited (and uninspiring)... More

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Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Having travelled through the South Island enjoying great service and excellent food we made a special trip to Seagers Cafe thinking it would be another great dining experience. What a waste of time, petrol and money. We went into the cafe, were totally ignored by all the staff, waited for service then finally got up and got the menus from... More

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