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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food bad service

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
KScheepers
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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115 reviews 115 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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Tamworth, Australia
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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Went here on the trip advisor reviews. Pretty disappointed. Very average serve size and nothing special and over priced.

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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108 reviews 108 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We really enjoy stopping off at Somerset Grocer - great food and ambience - always a buzz. Only negative - it is a popular spot and sometimes hard to find a spot to sit down!

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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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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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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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