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All 135 Napier Restaurants

The Old Church Restaurant & Bar

199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-844 8866
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Ranked #7 of 135 Restaurants in Napier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $39
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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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English first
New Plymouth, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

we were in napier for 2 days & wanted to show our friends from overseas what was good in the places we visited, I remember years ago going to a wedding at the old church, remembering the huge chandelier! also the food was good, we were in town on the fri night at mr "Ds" ( which was great) and... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Had heard rave reviews so went along for lunch. Limited menu. Starter size for the money was very disappointing. Pork belly main had no crackling. Dessert menu presented wasn't available. Value for money a real issue. Portion sizes need to be addressed.

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

Thank you for your comments. Your visit to us was in the first three days of our opening and we apologise because the dessert menu was in fact incorrect. In hindsight our staff might have offered you a coffee in compensation for our error. We have a very strict process for ensuring that our customers are happy with their meals.... More

Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

What a gem of a find in a fairytale setting, just stunning driving up the tree-lined entrance way. The interior is just as breathtaking with a magnificently styled luxurious and sumptuous interior. Staff and service were friendly, welcoming and attentive. We really enjoyed visiting and would highly recommend this unique and delightful slice of history and decadence. We'll be back.

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

Thank you so much. As the new owner of this beautiful venue I still come to work each day impressed by its beauty. We have a great new menu to go with the venue and are very much looking forward to long sunny Hawkes Bay days where we can encourage our guests to enjoy not just the restaurant dining but... More

Napier, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We went on a guided tour of the Church Winery. The wine tasting was good, and I preferred the white wine. We did not have time to have a meal.

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

Hello There. Thank you for the review. However we can not take credit for this one. We do not have a winery so I suspect that you meant to review Church Road winery. It is a lovely place to visit, as of course are we. More

Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Love this place, always have! Great food, great service, amazing building and location. Like it so much we're getting married there!

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I stayed at the Villa, part of the Old Church complex, with friends over a recent weekend. I didn't know what to expect. I was so delighted. It was wonderful. The décor is so luxurious. Everywhere you turned there was something new to marvel at. It was really warm and comfortable during a very cold snap. Loved the cellar downstairs.... More

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Riverwoods, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had a wonderful selection of cheeses, olives, calamari, etc paired with Old Church wines that was simply delightful - the portions were generous but not too much as we savored our food and wine served by a charming hostess.

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Newcastle, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I am writing this some months after my Napier visit so cannot recall my exact meal but in thinking back to my Napier visit I remember my delight in finding this restaurant. The furnishings and surroundings reflected the former life as a church and was tastefully done The meal was first class and the service the same. Reflecting the excellence... More

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Havelock North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Delicious Lunch, really good service and the setting is absolutely gorgeous. Will be back. Now firmly one of my favourites.

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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This is a beautiful setting,. The inside restaurant is beautifully presented and the gardens amazing. The food was nice, the venison was gorgeous but the lamb was sinewy and hard to eat. The service was very good and we felt well looked after. Worth the drive

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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
Average Prices: USD 18 - 39

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