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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 - 4:00 pm
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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, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Outstanding restaurant

Previous reviews had pointed out slow service and being expensive so we were apprehensive.Very very pleased with the night we had .Staff were unbelievably helpful and friendly.Service was a little bit slow but hey at a place like that with the high standard of food that came what's the rush ! In... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Neil C
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Previous reviews had pointed out slow service and being expensive so we were apprehensive.Very very pleased with the night we had .Staff were unbelievably helpful and friendly.Service was a little bit slow but hey at a place like that with the high standard of food that came what's the rush ! In regards to expensive I thought prices were very... More 

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

Hello There. Thank you for the great review. Its reviews like this that makes all of our team smile. Every person who works at The Church wants to ensure our customers leave feeling valued and a little spoiled. The time for service is an interesting one. Most of our guests appreciate the liesurely approach, however for those on a limited... More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Lunch today was at the smaller 'villa' which was great. Very cosy with roaring log fire on a winter's day. A very warm welcome from the charming waitress too. The menu was different from our last visit with smaller dishes and wine pairings on offer. Difficult choice as all sounded delicious. We had 2 courses each...all lovely and good wines... More 

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

Thank you for your very positive review. Villa Dining for winter has been very well accepted. The smaller more intimate spaces and the new courses menu provides a different experience . While the Church is still used for bigger groups the lounge and open fire of the villa have been a great option for pre lunch or dinner drinks. The... More 

Napier, New Zealand
3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Service average Waiting to long for minute amount of food for price charged.Food not hot Presentation acceptable One person in group had a desert and no second course.We had to ask for that when everybody was ready to leave

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

Sometimes a review like this is simply to difficult to respond to. In the middle of such positive feedback about the villa, the new courses menu , the service and the wine list it is impossible to understand. The real concern is that not a word was said to the staff at the time. We pride ourselves on taking immediate... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Last night we had a great experience at The Villa at the Old Church. Cold night, roaring fire, huge comfy chairs, a glass of The Beach House 2013 Riesling and a glorious old villa. The staff were very clear about how the service worked, instead of entrees and mains there are a selection of plates which are the size of... More 

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

Hello There. Thank you for such a great review. All of the things that we try to achieve at the Church and the Villa appear in your comments. Keeping everyone happy can be very difficult in hospitality. It is great to see that all of the planning and effort of my great team is recognised. I hope your trip to... More 

Napier, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Iwe had been told to try the old church for dinner, and because it was a special occasion, we're all excited about going there. A couple in our party had been for lunch some weeks prior and raved about it. We all eat out regularly and are always keen to try recommended restaurants. It was not what we hoped or... More 

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

Thank you for your review. It is always disappointing to see an unhappy guest, particularly when our new villa dining concept has been so well accepted. I understand that some of your group were disappointed on the night and my Restaurant Manager offered some complimentary drinks and desserts. We have reviewed our service to you that evening and made some... More 

Napier, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We have recently been twice. The first time was in The Old Church. Service and food was awesome. The best Chateaubriand we have had. The second evening was in the Villa. Great ambience, good idea foe cooler winter evenings. The plate of size and style very appealing.

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

Thank you so much. We are very lucky to have two beautiful venues and we seek to make them both unique and special experiences. Both are underpinned by our great chefs and front of house teams. We look forward to seeing you in the future. More 

Port Vila, Vanuatu
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I had the pleasure of having lunch at this gorgeous place last weekend. Amazing ambience, amazing food and amazing location.

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

Thank you so much. We are very excited about the positive way in which people have responded to the unique concept of our villa dining. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Awesome ambiance, a must visit, Great service , food and wine in a magnificent setting Either dine as a couple or superb for groups of friends Winter a magnificent lounge with open fire for pre-dinner drinks

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

Thank you for such a great review. There is something special about the villa. Relaxing with good friends in lovely surroundings and good food and wine is always special. We pride ourselves on ensuring our guests never feel in a hurry to leave. More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We held our Silver Wedding Celebration at The Old Church with 65 guests. It was an enormous success. All of the guests commented on the excellent venue. Matthieu, the restaurant manager, did a great job on the night. The head barman was extremely helpful and cheerful, and we had many positive comments from guests about the professionalism of the serving... More 

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

Thank you so much. The Church is a lovely place to celebrate special occasions. It was our pleasure hosting your family and friends. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a stunning location, wonderful warm atmosphere and a romantic old world feeling. We had various items on the menu but first the wine, a great selection of what the regions has to offer and we drunk a beautiful Clearview Chardonnay. We tried the porcini , the rabbit ragu gnocci, the pork belly and a fish stew. The pork... More 

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

Thank you so much for this review. Our new winter menu in the villa is proving very popular and we love the fact that people are responding so positively to something that is quite unique in the Bay. we look forward to welcoming your group back in the future. More 

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Additional Information about The Old Church Restaurant & Bar

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
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 32

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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 15 - 32

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

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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