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Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
+64 3 307 5899
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9:00 am - 3:00 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: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Coffee at the grocer's

Stop of at the Somerset Grocer for a coffee and snack must admit the sausage roll I had and the savoury muffin my partner had were delicious, the coffee was very good too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Allister B
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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Grabbed a coffee on way to ChCh beat coffee I have had in ages will now be a regular stop on my travels, service excellent and coffee to die for

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Always a pleasure to pop in here for a quick coffee and something to eat. The cabinet food is good with a nice variety and well presented. Service is efficient with pleasant staff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Somerset is good for the experience. It has a lot of international foods to purchase off the shelves, and some interesting bits and bops to look at. But when it comes to eating out of the cabinet, the price does not match the food. I go there every so often for lunch, and would highly reccommend the Vegetarian nachos or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Stop of at the Somerset Grocer for a coffee and snack must admit the sausage roll I had and the savoury muffin my partner had were delicious, the coffee was very good too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We stopped in for brunch on a Tuesday because it looked like a cool place. We were right. It's a funky space with good cabinet food and a modest, but good, all day menu too. My girlfriend had the soup of the day (Roast Chicken and Vegetable), and it was without exaggeration the tastiest soup I've ever tried. They've also... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I had a breakfast here a few months ago and it was less than average in quality. This place has a really nice atmosphere, and is charming inside. I have been here several times for coffee and it has always been good however I think the food could be better and more value for money.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Went into Somerset grocer for a coffee -would possibly be the longest wait ever 18 minutes to be served and 15 minutes for the coffee me thinks it time you reviewed your systems the lady beside me said I get 1/2 an hour for lunch and all I get is a coffee! Two other people turned around and walked out?...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We come here quite often for a drink or a nibble of both. The hot drinks are great and lunches are fantastic. Had the pasta here last time and it was fabulous. Have not been disappointed here yet!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Visited on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Very spacious. Average food. Mostly looked better than it tasted. Pasta salad was great though. Fruit smoothie was warm! Good selection of fancy foods. Might go again but might not.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This place is really great, the food was really good and the grocery selection(you can buy there)is really awesome ! It was such a pity we has such a unpleasant waitress. They sell speciality groceries - worth a visit even just for that although, as you would expect, it's pricy.

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Additional Information about The Somerset Grocer

Address: Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 307 5899
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 9

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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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