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The Old Church Restaurant & Bar

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199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand
+64 6-844 8866
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Old Church is a stunnng Hawkes Bay landmark that has been converted...
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.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 9
    Average
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic experience

We dine here every time we are in the bay . It is one of our favourite destinations and always enjoy the atmosphere and the cuisine. The seasonal menus are always a delight and a pleasant change. We enjoy trying the new tastes and delights. Sitting in the courtyard watching the magnificent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Gregg-and-Annie
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Yeppoon, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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62 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Yeppoon, Australia
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We dine here every time we are in the bay . It is one of our favourite destinations and always enjoy the atmosphere and the cuisine. The seasonal menus are always a delight and a pleasant change. We enjoy trying the new tastes and delights. Sitting in the courtyard watching the magnificent sunsets or sitting by the fireside in the... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Went for lunch on Sunday, beautiful food (the lamb dish is a must) . I will definately go back soon.

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New Zealand
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My husband and a friend enjoyed a huge choose your own ingredient lunch platter at this restaurant set among the vines in an historic church in Meeanee. My great grandmother had attended this church in the late 1800's and Mother Suzanne Aubert played the organ and made her famous medicines originally on tis sight. The history i preserved for all... More 

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

Thank you so much. The history of the Church is rich and we have many visitors popping in from around the world to see where Sister Auber worked. It is my understanding that there are moves afoot to have her made a Saint. It is our challenge and pleasure to ensure the Church lives up to its reputation in all... More 

Napier, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I have visited The Old Church twice now - once in the summer when doing "research" for a birthday party venue. Our group had platters outdoors to live music and had a wonderful afternoon. I contacted Moira to enquire about having my birthday party at the venue at Easter. Moira could not have been more helpful, juggling other bookings, including... More 

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

Thank you so much. The weather is certainly a great reason for summer out door dining at the Church. Having the ability to cater for different groups at the same time is one of the things we enjoy about our venue. We loved being able to host your special birthday. More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We recently had our daughters wedding at the Old Church - first class venue with character to burn, the staff and Moira were friendly and most helpful - the food was absolutely delicious! We also stayed in the Old Church villa situated adjacent to the Old Church, classy and sumptuous accommodation and very handy for our big occasion next door,... More 

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

Thank you so much. The team loved hosting your wedding and the functions that surrounded it. We do pride ourselves on providing a perfect wedding venue , it is certainly made easy when we have clients like you. More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Outstanding venue, fantastic service, amazing food, ambiance in the church is amazing. Will deffinatly be back again.

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

Thank you so much. We look forward to your return visit More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We had our wedding at the Old Church in March 2015 and it was the best. Wonderful service from all of the staff, and all of our correspondence and planning leading up to the day was handled brilliantly. The day itself was stunning, the food and drinks were amazing, so many people commented on how good the food was. And... More 

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

It is fantastic for the team when we receive a review like yours. Choosing the right wedding venue can be a trial in itself and the cost of that special day is significant. We recognise that and seek to bring everything together to assist in creating the perfect day and to ensure that guests leave with wonderful memories. We are... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We attended a family wedding here and could not speak more highly about the food, the staff and the venue itself. Beautiful setting, delicious food, friendly and professional staff. Would recommend.

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

Thank you so much. Weddings are a very important part of our business and the venue is ideally suited with its historic church history and the beautiful grounds. Our team work very hard to ensure that every occassion at the Church is remembered as special. More 

Napier, New Zealand
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had a work party here. The outside space was very pleasant for pre dinner drinks. Good service and a range of meal options. I would always recommend this venue.

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

Thank you for the review. The beauty of the Church with its huge chandalier as a feature is a given. Often guests who come to us for the first time are equally impressed with the beauty of the grounds with the spacious outdoor dining and outdoor bar. It is a great place to relax with a group, either with drinks... More 

Napier, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A group of 12 celebrated at The Old Church and were throughly impressed. The Thursday night blackboard special at $35 is beyond value. The food was exquisite, the kind you want to try everybody's plate. Food envy & Food joy paired together. Chef Andy has a real passion for local produce & creating an amazing choice of menu. Not to... More 

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

Thank you so much. Our Chefs Blackboard special Wednesday and Thursday night is becoming a great favorite with our customers. One of the things we all love about the Church is the ability to provide such a range of menus for our A La Carte diners as well as our weddings and large functions. We look forward to seeing you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
  • Phone Number: +64 6-844 8866

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 37

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?