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The Old Vicarage Cafe, Restaurant & Bar

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335 Halswell Road, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
0064 3 322 1224
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Today
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Disappointing Food - excellent service

The service was excellent right from the time we walked in the door. Very nice surrounding and setting. The meals arrived very quickly but there the good news finished. The meals were average to say the least. I ordered the pork belly and it was very, very dry - there is a first time for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Big_H_1
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Picton, New Zealand
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109 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I would like to thank you and your staff for a lovely evening last night. The library was a most appropriate venue - and the staff attending us throughout the evening were great - please thank them again. The choice you made for the welcome wine was good. The food was really appreciated by all. The gateau and its so... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The service was excellent right from the time we walked in the door. Very nice surrounding and setting. The meals arrived very quickly but there the good news finished. The meals were average to say the least. I ordered the pork belly and it was very, very dry - there is a first time for everything. On top of this... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We were a little reluctant to join friends at this cafe for dinner due to previous disappointing experiences of average food and very poor service. Our friends had been on a Saturday prior to Xmas and had bad food, appalling service, incorrect orders delivered, charges on their bill that weren't theirs, but after discussions with the management and a voucher,... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went there today and ha a great experience, Group of 4 and the staff were more than happy to serve us while waiting on the rest of our group to arrive. Had a lovely time and did not feel rushed at all. Staff friendly and happy to help in anyway. Beautiful building and lovely grounds

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Had a average lunch. Have been a couple of years ago and it was great. I was a bit disappointed with the meal, did think it was over priced for what it was. The Staff were great and very helpful. We did not have to wait long for our food, and they were a bit busy so that was great.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This cafe/restaurant/bar tops my list for location and grounds. It is in a beautiful historic building in sun soaked central Halswell, surrounded by a pretty garden with plenty of choice for indoor/outdoor setting. The staff are friendly and good, smooth coffee served. The only thing I would say for improvement is that the bar snacks are largely deep fried, leaving... More 

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Christchurch, NZ
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Went there yesterday for a friends birthday. I had heard a lot about this place so was keen to try it. It wasn't terrible, just average. The wait staff were attentive. I ordered the fish which the panko crumbs were certainly overdone to a crisp, the gourmet salad looked very wiltered and the tomatoes were way past ripe (looked like... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

I am local to this restaurant so thought I would try it out for my birthday after hearing good things about it. The whole experience right from the beginning was horrible. We parked around the back in the car park so entered at the back of the building which had a bar, standing around for 10mins not knowing where to... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Beautiful old home transformed into an amazing bar/restaurant. Set in established gardens. ...and with live music playing on the deck on a sunday afternoon. ..makes for a very pleasent experience. Only downside was the staff, some of whom appeared disinterested in their customers and at times just rude.

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I was so excited to try a new place but however was very disapointed. First of all the service and customer service skills were very poor and the staff seemed disinterested in their customers. The food was average, I found a hair in my chicken which put me off completely. However when I complained I was treated very rudely and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 335 Halswell Road, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: 0064 3 322 1224

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 26
  • Cuisine: European
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:00 am

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