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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 131 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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Tasmania, Australia
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This lovely old church has retained many of its ecclesiastical features. Located in a country setting. It is very spacious and you are not squashed up. It was not a large Menu but had something for everyone. Meals were nicely cooked and presented. There were not a lot of guests but it took quite a while to get meals. It... More

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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199 reviews 199 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Four couples booked the villa for two nights. This review is written with the unanimous approval of all eight people. The villa is separate from, but part of The Old Church. It has four rooms, each individually appointed, beautifully decorated and with full bathroom facilities. The villa has communal lounge, dining and kitchen areas. Each room has its own deck... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were in Napier for the night and decided to revisit The Old Church as we had visited there about 18 months ago. We made the booking over the phone and I mentioned that we'd been there before, to which the girl on the phone said that they had new management and a new chef. When we were getting ready... More

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Wellington
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Having had a stunning and unforgettable night at this establishment before we book into this restaurant with our another couple to celebrate a late birthday. New owners , new decor . We loved the ambience of the old setting and felt that the chairs down to even the plates are now mismatched not hip but wrong. This was a cold... More

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, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I recently attended a perfect wedding at this venue ,I was so impressed; as a thirty year veteran of the hospitality industry I understand how many tiny details must be seen to to ensure such a fabulous wedding for this amazing couple , Complements to the Chef and Moira for such an excellent food, wine and wedding experience !!

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

Thank you so much. Jacinda our wedding planner works closely with our clients to ensure that they enjoy a perfect day. The team great pleasure in delivering great food and service in a fabulous environment. Moira More

Ghent, Belgium
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful dinner with excellent meals. The Tuna and lamb were accompanied with excellent and surprising vegetables and seasoning. It tasted just like heaven on our tongue. The old church has been turned into a great restaurant where you can have a divine meal for a very reasonable price. And service was impeccable. If we'd live closer we... More

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

Thank you. We love showing our International visitors around The Old Church and sharing its history. Happy travels. Moira More

Havelock North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We celebrated our marriage with 27 adults and 7children with only just over two weeks notice. Despite there being a wedding already booked, we were beautifully accommodated in the garden for canapés and the conservatory for starters and main meal, speeches and fun. Light,bright and wonderfully served by pleasant and helpful staff. Lovely "long lunch" table. All our guests commented... More

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

It was a real pleasure to host you and your guests. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again. Moira More

Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

What a gorgeous place to dine the surroundings inside and out are just perfect the staff so attentive nothing was any trouble. The cocktails before dinner were so delicious and it was lovely to have the time to sit and chat before being seated at our table. The food was all cooked to perfection and the presentation was outstanding. Thank... More

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

Thank you for such a lovely review. Our team work very hard to deliver a total experience to our guests and it is always appreciated when that is acknowledged. We look forward to welcoming you back . Moira More

Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We have just had a fabulous night at the Old Church Restaurant, we were in the Villa as there was a wedding party in the main restaurant. We had a set menu of 3 courses for $60 which was incredible value. The food was to die for and completely faultless, 10/10. The villa environment was intimate and allowed for us... More

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

Thank you for your comments our team really value the feedback. The villa is a lovely spot and we are enjoying being able to offer it as an alternative dining choice when the Church is booked. We think it might become the preferred choice when we head into next winter. Intimate and beautiful. Thank you again. More

Sunshine Coast, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My wife and I chose to have our wedding and reception here in late October and it couldn't have been better. The service, food and drink were second to none and the venue has to be one of the most special in New Zealand - if not the world. Thank you team for taking such great care of our special... More

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

Our talented team love ensuring a perfect day for our wedding couples and their guests. Thank you for choosing to have your wedding with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again. More

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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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