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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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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:30 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. 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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 147
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing Food!!

This was my third time at The Old Church and it sure didn't disappoint!! Sitting outside admiring the beautiful Hawkes Bay vineyard having a drink before our meal was the perfect way to start to our lovely evening. I had been here before for platters & live music outside which we also really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Janelle V
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Napier, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Napier, New Zealand
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This was my third time at The Old Church and it sure didn't disappoint!! Sitting outside admiring the beautiful Hawkes Bay vineyard having a drink before our meal was the perfect way to start to our lovely evening. I had been here before for platters & live music outside which we also really enjoyed! The other two times I have... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much. Your review is particularly special for us as you have tried The Old Church in a number of her guises. We pride ourselves on the variety of our offerings, all a little different, but with one overriding requirement. Quality of food and service can not be compromised. My team did a little jig when they read... More 

Napier, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went as a group of four for the "Gatsby Intimate Affair" on Saturday night as part of the Art Deco weekend celebrations. I have lived in Napier for three years but this was my first visit and was really looking forward to it. The venue is stunning and the church looked a treat with all the tables set up... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The Art Deco weekend is a special one for us. We love being part of the authenticity of Art Deco and our two evenings always book out within a fortnight of the tickets going on sale. The menu for these two nights was not remotely like our normal menus. Our chefs spent a lot of... More 

Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Actually we ended up here by mistake , we intended on going to the "old church winery" but one of our party Googled the wrong place !! Upon arriving at the old Church we were taken by the beauty of the interior and exterior surroundings . The setting was rustic yet charming and the view across the vines in the... More 

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

Hello There. We certainly appear to have delivered you a game of two halves. Firstly thank you for the very positive feedback about our food. We are very proud of the consistency of our menu both the A La Carte and the Platter menu. I apologise for the slow service and it would be very helpful for me if you... More 

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had a voucher for lunch and loved the food, service and atmosphere so much that we went back for dinner the following day! The food was sensational, the interior décor is breath taking and the service was warm and inviting. We recommend it to everyone going to Napier as a "must do". We'll definitely be back next time we're... More 

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

Well what can we say when a guest enjoys us so much they come back the next day. Thank you so much for taking the time to acknowledge us. We pride ourselves on our variety of menus with the A La Carte and the exciting create your own platters. Our team work hard to ensure our guests have the best... More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent service. Great food not cheap but worth every penny. Would recommend the fish. Great atmosphere too.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. We do not look to be the cheapest in town but certainly like to ensure that our guests get great food to enjoy in our unique venue. We hope to see you again. More 

Napier, New Zealand
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Much improved from a few years ago but i think it has new owners.Was impresed with their new platter menu.Great idea.Keep up the good work ( service is much better)

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

Thank you so much for coming back to visit us. We took ownership in July last year and reopened in September. The platter menu has been a great success and encourages guests to relax in the garden enjoying the atmosphere and beverages from the outdoor bar. We look forward to your visiting us again at some time. More 

Paris, France
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

We love Napier. And our hosts at the Master's Lodge arranged dinner for us at the Old Church. On the evening we went, they had a wedding reception in the church so we had dinner in the main house. How wonderful it was with excellent service, by the owner herself, wonderful food and the very last bottle of an old... More 

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

Thank you so much. We love having International guests and being able to share our small part of this lovely area with them. The villa is a favorite of mine and we aim to provide our guests with a special experience in ambiance, food and service. It is very rewarding for all of the team when guests acknowledge that we... More 

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

Thank you so much. The Chateaubriand has rapidly become a staple of our menu. It is a great way for two to share and the chefs presentation ensures it is a visual as well as taste sensation. Weds and Thursday nights will always see the Chateaubriand on our Chefs Blackboard special. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Moira I, Owner at The Old Church Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your review.... I enjoyed meeting you that evening. Please excuse my humour but I would have thought a life saver would generally rate at the top of the ratings ....!!!. The villa is a genteel old lady and certainly a total contrast to the venue you left to visit us. Next time you are in the Bay... More 

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

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

Thank you so much for such a positive review. Our staff regularly read the Trip Advisor reviews and it gives them great pleasure to get feedback. 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. 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.
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?