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The Somerset Grocer

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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, Reservations, Seating, Takeout
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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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wirth the Stop

The quality of cafes in provincial NZ is improving dramatically. Ashburton is a place you drive through on the way to other places. This café is an excuse to stop and recharge. It was a bit hard to find as it is down a side street from the main street. However once there, it is light and airy, full... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Bryan B
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Geraldine, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Many times we have enjoyed Somersets great food & coffee - wonderful selection of consumables & kitchen related stuff to purchase - frozen cousants ready to cook! Friendly staff...

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Thank Brosallan
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place. We're just learning not to drive through Ashburton without making a stop and this is another reason to pull over. Great shop with spacious seating with an open and light aspect. Spark wifi within range too. Service was great and prompt delivery of coffee ensured we were able to relax whilst waiting for our breakfast. The... More 

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Thank ViralPoet
Auckland, New Zealand
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The quality of cafes in provincial NZ is improving dramatically. Ashburton is a place you drive through on the way to other places. This café is an excuse to stop and recharge. It was a bit hard to find as it is down a side street from the main street. However once there, it is light and airy, full of... More 

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Thank Bryan B
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service was excellent, coffee came promptly with a smile and was hot. There was a vast choice of beautiful counter food. They happily custom made my son a toasted sandwich and it was all reasonably priced. Glad to have found this gem.

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Thank Julie M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having been introduced to The Somerset Grocer by friends I was eager to share this with my husband. We arrived and placed our order, then took a seat. Our tea's arrived and these were soon followed by our meals which were both were beautifully presented. My omlette however wasn't what I had ordered. The order was checked and I received... More 

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Thank Christine W
Sydney
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

great service, friendly staff and very nice food and coffee. I definitely recommend going here if you are in Ashburton.

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Thank kda982
Ashburton, New Zealand
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I work close so the food gets very boring very quickly. The coffee is very good, and it's nice to browse the gifty things. These are very pricey, but a bit different

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Thank wattys4
Amberley, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We wanted a nice lunch so chose The Somerset Grocer. I had a filo cream cheese and salmon parcel and a greek salad. I got mostly cream cheese in the filo parcel and greek salad just thrown on the plate. My husband had a Panini which was not toasted in a Panini machine but just warmed in the microwave. Poor

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Thank kateanddick
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Great place to catch up with friend have a coffee and a bite to eat and unwind. Awesome place for gifts and specialty food items

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Thank Andrea W
Melbourne
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880 reviews
356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We had dined here on our last trip to Ashburton and once again had no complaints about the food, coffee or service. I had the Veggie Breakfast Stack and my fiance Mushrooms on ciabatta. Both were good meals and we walked away feeling happy and well fed. Service was a little slow and lacked a smile but being busy may... More 

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Thank Natalie1964

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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 - 9

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?