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Pernel Kitchen

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1412 Pakowhai Road, Hastings 4120, New Zealand
+64 6-878 3383
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12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Pernel Kitchen is set amidst a working orchard where high quality produce...
Pernel Kitchen is set amidst a working orchard where high quality produce is lovingly grown. The Chef seeks inspiration from his surroundings and produces affordable, unfussy, beautifully presented cafe style food truly bursting with flavour. Our own produce as well as those of other local growers is showcased in his dishes. Pernel Kitchen has indoor and outdoor seating (with shade in summer) as well as a small children's playground including beanbags and teepees. Menus change regularly to reflect seasonal produce. Private functions and out-catering are also welcome. Our experienced staff are able to work closely with you to exceed your expectations. Tours of our orchard are available (bookings required) which give a fun and informative trip aboard our apple wagon towed by a vintage Fergie tractor. The curiosity of all ages will be ignited when you follow the journey from seed to store. Fruit ice creams, fresh fruit and vegetables, local artisan products are all available at our Fresh Produce Shop on site. Souviners and Gifts are available in our Gift Shop.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Relaxing lunch

Great place to have lunch. Vibrant modern menu. Never fails to please. Shopping in the gift shop makes sending overseas gifts way too easy. Tidy, clean toilets. Big carpark

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Lynda K
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Napier, New Zealand
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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164 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Great place for a quick bite to eat. Friendly staff. Off road parking. Lovely food and good coffee. Try the seafood pie. Nice little souvenir shop as well. Also has good fruit and vegetable shop.

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us on your trip to the Bay. We appreciate your review. Glad you enjoyed our seafood pie. More 

Napier, New Zealand
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great place to have lunch. Vibrant modern menu. Never fails to please. Shopping in the gift shop makes sending overseas gifts way too easy. Tidy, clean toilets. Big carpark

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us and for your lovely comments. We are glad you enjoyed your dining and shopping experiences with us. We are now one of the very few places you can buy souviners all year round. We look forward too seeing you again soon. More 

Napier, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I go there usually after walking the dogs, great to have breakfast/ lunch, good food, lovely service. décor a bit out dated

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give us a review. We appreciate your comments. More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Pernel Kitchen has gone down hill ever since all the hardworking staff have left. Mother's Day food was appalling, a lot of my friends were very disappointed with everything. Toast was stale, breakfast was cold, coffee's are disgusting... I suggest the current staff members and management have a serious talk/meeting about what needs improving.

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us. Mothers Day was a buffet breakfast and lunch with filter coffee or tea included in the price. Normally we have an all day breakfast and lunch menu, Chef Specials for the day and some delicious cabinet food also. We encourage you to come back soon as we have a lovely new Head... More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Had the grazing board for two for lunch which was more than enough for two people. Great variety of food. Then had coffees and brownie which was divine. Sat outside in sun and was a thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere with rustic tables and chairs. Staff friendly and service wonderful. Highly recommend!

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to write a review, Carol Anne. We appreciate your comments and look forward to seeing you again when you are in the Bay. More 

Clive, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We had lunch at Pernel Kitchen today and chose the PK Grazing Broad for Two - it was interesting and plentiful - in fact we couldn't eat everything on it. Great value at $36. A nice touch is having the board presented in an old fruit tray - in keeping with the orchard setting. There was also no problem having... More 

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are so glad that you loved the PK Grazing Board and appreciated how it was served. Our Chef has had fun putting it together. Yes we are dog friendly. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. We arrived for lunch at 2.30pm. Not too late we didn't think. However we were told we could only have food from the cabinet at this time of day. Not sure what time of day it should be to have food from the menu especially when the advertised hours are until... More 

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Our menu food is available until 2.30pm when our kitchen closes. ( This is not unusual for a cafe). However we have a fabulous cabinet of savoury delights including delicious tarts, pate, bacon and egg pie all of which can be served with one of our salads. Our sweets vary daily but usually include cakes, slices, muffins and scones. (You... More 

Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Had a grab one voucher during the school holidays so decided to take the kids here... All three children enjoyed their meals however it was a long wait for 3 young children when it wasn't very busy. Also on grab one it said this was a great place to bring kids as you can go through a petting zoo of... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We have been here several times with our grab one vouchers and have found the service adequate as they were quite busy. The food portions are generous. Lovely setting.

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. It is pleasing to know that you have visited us on several occasions. Our garden courtyard has had a 'spruce up' in time for Spring and our new Chef is producing some fantastic food so we are thrilled that you enjoyed your lunches and look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Hawke's Bay
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Come on guys, you can do a lot better - I know we only had a grabone but - sausages with a bit of potato and gravy, with tough skins and sausages that looked as if they had been boiled it was not very appetising. My partner's pork and apple pie was dry and tasteless. With such beautiful surroundings and... More 

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Pernel2013, Public Relations Manager at Pernel Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are very pleased you love our fresh produce. Regarding our Express Lunch meal that you had. For $18 you get a lunch size meal as well as a glass of wine from the renowned Gimblett Gravels. The sausage dish uses toulouse sausages which are gluten and preservative free from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1412 Pakowhai Road, Hastings 4120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Hastings
  • Phone Number: +64 6-878 3383

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 12
  • Cuisine: Cafe, New Zealand

Description

Pernel Kitchen is set amidst a working orchard where high quality produce is lovingly grown. The Chef seeks inspiration from his surroundings and produces affordable, unfussy, beautifully presented cafe style food truly bursting with flavour. Our own produce as well as those of other local growers is showcased in his dishes. Pernel Kitchen has indoor and outdoor seating (with shade in summer) as well as a small children's playground including beanbags and teepees. Menus change regularly to reflect seasonal produce. Private functions and out-catering are also welcome. Our experienced staff are able to work closely with you to exceed your expectations. Tours of our orchard are available (bookings required) which give a fun and informative trip aboard our apple wagon towed by a vintage Fergie tractor. The curiosity of all ages will be ignited when you follow the journey from seed to store. Fruit ice creams, fresh fruit and vegetables, local artisan products are all available at our Fresh Produce Shop on site. Souviners and Gifts are available in our Gift Shop.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 pm - 12:00 am

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