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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Lunch
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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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 6
    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
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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Ashburton, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Ashburton, New Zealand
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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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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Tamworth, Australia
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11 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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20 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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 - 10

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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