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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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7:00 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: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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
  • 26
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    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
A great wee find

We stopped with our 2 young children for brunch, and were very pleased to discover this cute wee place with stunning looking food and lovely foodie gifts to look around at. We thought the adult meals were a bit pricey, especially as my eggs just came with a piece of Molenburg toast, but the hearty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
fraserandkim
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We stopped with our 2 young children for brunch, and were very pleased to discover this cute wee place with stunning looking food and lovely foodie gifts to look around at. We thought the adult meals were a bit pricey, especially as my eggs just came with a piece of Molenburg toast, but the hearty breakfast looked huge. The kids... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Very slow service, poor selection of food. As many people have mentioned, the food looks great in the cabinet but it's far from that when it arrives. The wait staff were very young and nonplussed when we aired our concerns. I'm sure there are better places to go.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Stunning venue and the food looks great however its over priced and the Sandwiches look really full with ingredients but once you open it everything is squeezed to the front to look full but is empty. The coffee however was devine

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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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Ashburton, New Zealand
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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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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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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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Ashburton, New Zealand
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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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Ashburton, New Zealand
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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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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 4 - 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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