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The Somerset Grocer

Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
+64 3 307 5899
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Ranked #4 of 21 restaurants in Ashburton
Price range: $6 - $12
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We stopped by for a coffee and cake one sunny afternoon. The staff were pleasant, the coffee was great, the cake was far too sweet - but we ate it anyway! :) We haven't tried any of the food but it mostly looks appealing although some of the portions seem huge. It is a great comfy space with plenty of... More

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Great place for meeting friends for a light lunch or coffee. Very central. Interesting and different gifts to buy.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The food was yummy and the coffee strong, which was all we were after. It has a comfortable but uber stylish vibe with trendy, high-end food items and kitchen gadget for purchase. Friendly but quite fashionable, so if you're looking for low-key grub this isn't the place.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Not a meal but often pop in for a treat, amazing shop, lovely food, great service, clean & friendly. Totally recommend. Also extra ordindary gifty things for gift baskets etc.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Mixed reviews here; my mum loved her corn fritters with bacon, dad like the eggs but my GF crepe really needed the salsa to claim taste. If passing through Ashburton, it's worth stopping for a quick lunch - the coffee is great!

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Nelson NZ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Have been here before and it was ok, but on our return visit this year the meal we ordered when it was delivered was uneatable, we returned out food and the only positive thing was that after taking our meals to the kitchen the waitress came back and asked if we would like our money back, we took our refund... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We had a very enjoyable lunch here. A great selection of counter food (wonderful salmon roulade and warm egg and bacon roll). The staff were friendly and helpful who were happy to make 'modified' nachos for our son when nothing else appealed after a long car ride. Great coffee and sweet treats and an amazing range of deli items as... More

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Los Angeles, California
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161 reviews 161 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Stopped here for espresso and a lemon slice. Delicious. Enjoyed browsing the international foods but the prices were sky high for this Yank - $12 for a can of tomatillos? Ouch! Some cute kitchen items and cards. For a larger selection and better prices, I'd go to Ballantynes in Christchurch instead.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Somerset cafe is now a regular stop for us as we travel through with 4 visits in the last 12 months. Friendly staff & plenty working whenever we have been there so tables are kept clean and tidy. The cafe has a grocery section with a wide variety of grocery items available. Clean rest-rooms out the back. Good selection of... More

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Methven, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Good food - plenty of variety. Good cup of coffee. Very popular with locals for coffee and business meetings. Centrally situated just off main street close to Bus Stop and Information Centre.

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