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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 #7 of 134 Restaurants in Napier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $19 - $40
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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
1 review
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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Wellington, New Zealand
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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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Napier, New Zealand
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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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 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
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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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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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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The location and environment is the star of this show, no doubt about it, but the food is very good too. You can pay similar prices in a lot less attractive venues in this area, and not receive food of this high a standard, so as a dinner destination, it stacks up well. While the Old Church can seat a... More

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