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Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
+64 3 307 5899
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7:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Wed 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu - Fri 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: At the Somerset Grocer, we love great food and take pride in bringing you...
At the Somerset Grocer, we love great food and take pride in bringing you the best local and international produce, in a great shop atmosphere. At our Ashburton gourmet grocer you’ll encounter new products and tasty delights with each visit.Browse our shelves for a unique ingredient to bring your next meal to life, grab a bottle of wine from our specialty Ashburton wine shop or chat to our friendly team about the perfect addition to spice up your weekly shopping basket. With gourmet products sourced and selected from throughout New Zealand and beyond, the Somerset Grocer will have something to tempt you. We are conveniently located just off the main street of Ashburton, on Burnett St. Look for us on the Ground Floor of the new Somerset Building.
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TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Coffee

Great Coffee, not inspired by the food display, so sometimes despite intending to eat I end up with just coffee

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
FrankandTonia
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ashburton, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Great Coffee, not inspired by the food display, so sometimes despite intending to eat I end up with just coffee

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Funky place for Ashburton. Good variety of food and drinks. Gets very busy so get there early for lunch.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice atmosphere, excellent selection of food which tastes fresh and flavorsome. Food was standard priced, well worth what you get and more. They have a selection of products for sale which is also worth a look, great for gift baskets. Would return here. Recommend!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We were in Ashburton for the weekend and were worried we wouldn't be able to find a half decent cafe. But luckily we found the Somerset - really cool vibe - great decor - great food and even better coffee. Loved it! Highly recommend!

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Dunedin, New Zealand
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Have stopped in Ashburton may times without knowing this interesting store existed-worth heading off the main drag for. Huge range of gourmet products and spacious dining area, Have to say the muesli I ordered was the most miserable serving I've ever had-a light sprinkle over about 1/4 of a shallow plate. Yoghurt covered half the plate and a delicious serving... More 

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Delicious, good value food. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Clean, tidy and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Called in to this busy cafe and ordered what looked like a delicious tart and coffee for lunch. A major disappointment was when the tart arrived soggy and squashed.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Wife and I chose from the cabinet. great choice of well prepared and presented food, reasonable price , nice open friendly atmosphere. The shop format with so many lovely treats , are a great way for the inclined to fill in the moments waiting for the food.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I love coming here. Great food. There is something about the place which makes it seem really special.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We enjoyed our meals, the french toast was lovely. It was a shame the drinks were terrible. Service was pretty lackluster, the shop has interesting specialty food to buy.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
  • Phone Number: +64 3 307 5899

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 11

Description

At the Somerset Grocer, we love great food and take pride in bringing you the best local and international produce, in a great shop atmosphere. At our Ashburton gourmet grocer you’ll encounter new products and tasty delights with each visit.Browse our shelves for a unique ingredient to bring your next meal to life, grab a bottle of wine from our specialty Ashburton wine shop or chat to our friendly team about the perfect addition to spice up your weekly shopping basket. With gourmet products sourced and selected from throughout New Zealand and beyond, the Somerset Grocer will have something to tempt you. We are conveniently located just off the main street of Ashburton, on Burnett St. Look for us on the Ground Floor of the new Somerset Building.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?