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The Old Church Restaurant & Bar

199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-844 8866
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Ranked #6 of 138 Restaurants in Napier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $37
Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Old Church is a stunnng Hawkes Bay landmark that has been converted into a plush and quirky restaurant and bar. It also offers luxury botique accommodation in the neighbouring villa. Both the Villa and the Restaurant venue have been rated 5 stars by Qualmark and are perfect for weddings, events, conferences, corporate functions and parties. Chef owner, Richard Highnam and wife, Melanie offer excellent cuisine, an extensive wine list and warm, relaxed hospitality. They are both passionate about food and wine and enjoy the abundant produce that Napier and the Hawkes Bay has to offer.
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Napier, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I haven't been to the old church for several years, but I have heard great things about it. I was recently recommended the chateaubriand. It's amazing. Beautifully cooked and well presented.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

After feeling gutted at wasting $65 @ mamacita (see previous post) I quickly scanned trip advisor and found the Old Church. The maitre D owner accommodated us at short notice without a booking and delivered professional & courteous service. The food was a solid service and I would return here again. The atmosphere is a little staid but suits the... More 

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New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Beautiful lunch at The Old Church... Yellow Fin tuna and a shared platter...tuna cooked perfectly. Loved the wine barrel trays. Definitely recommend this place!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Came here for lunch today after not having visited the Old Church since I left Napier some years ago. My meal was lovely - I had the chicken panzanella - and my partner had the lamb which he also enjoyed. But I can't help but feel that the sophistication of the place that had once been there under the previous... More 

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hello There. Thank you for your review. Your visit yesterday was the day after a large wedding in the Church and the chairs that you saw in there were the ones used for functions. I can assure you that all of the lovely chairs that are usually part of the restaurant were put back in there this morning. While we... More 

Maraekakaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

As a local with visiting friends from the "big smokes".. Auckland & Wellington we wanted to go somewhere special to start our celebration of 2014. We are spoilt for choice in the Bay with many wonderful restaurants, wineries & cafes. Our choice of The Old Church was obviously inspired!!!! The venue is breathtaking, the chandelier and all inside has to... More 

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for that great review. Our platters menu suits the beauty of the outside venue. We love that the Old Church can go from relaxed outdoor dining to the magnificent indoor setting without compromising excellent food and service. We certainly see ourselves as a family friendly day time venue. Lots of room for children to run and... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Would recommend this restaurant - we received a warm welcome, there was a great vibe on arrival, fab food and attentive staff. It is a unique experience. Building and decor are lovely. Would definitely re-visit.

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much. Christmas Day was extremely busy and it is great for the team to hear that they provided a consistent level of service. Christmas Day is a very special day here at The Old Church. Happy New Year and we look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary and loved it. the food is absolutely gorgeous gourmet food, but very expensive and tiny portions. Food critiques would love it but don't turn up ravenous!

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for your review. I see that you visited in January of this year. My team cant take the credit for your review if this was the case as we all arrived in September. Having said that we would like to think we are upholding the tradition of The Old Church for great food, service and ambiance. More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Booked Christmas function for 20 people. Had private villa absolutely fabulous venue, very intimate gorgeous decor. Great service provided by Janine and co. Food lovely perhaps could do with a bit more sauce??? Everyone is a food critic these days!!!! But a little dry. Would totally recommend for any function, easy and very high standard of food and wine😀

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments... it is fair to say that cooking shows certainly keep chefs on their toes. We love hosting our guests in the villa, it creates a great special occasion venue. More 

Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I visited some years ago and was so disappointed and never went back. However the old church is under new management and I decided to give it another go as the lovely old church has so much charm and looks inviting. I was thrilled. Excellent service and the meal was everything I hope for in fine dining. well done. Can't... More 

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We are very aware that we need to be constantly measuring our quality of food and service levels. We look forward to providing you with another great experience when you next choose to visit. Moira More 

Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We recently had a function there, about 30 people. Some food was great, such as steak, but crackling on pork belly was so tough, it couldn't be cut. Overall the food wasn't bad, but very small portions. I probably would try the restaurant again, in a small party. Wine prices looked very high.

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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hello There, Thank you for your review. I am sorry your crackling was not up to standard, our staff would have gladly replaced your meal. Our wine list is 100% Hawkes Bay and our glass prices range from 75% of our wines per glass are $8.00 to $9.00 per glass with bottle prices between $34.00 and $38.00. The rest of... More 

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Additional Information about The Old Church Restaurant & Bar

Address: 199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-844 8866
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Average Prices: USD 17 - 37

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