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Nor'Wester Cafe

95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
03 314 9411
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Ranked #5 of 12 Restaurants in Amberley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: International, Bar, Café, New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We stopped in on a whim on our way through town, and the lunch offerings were excellent. Friendly staff, good value, very tasty food, and a wide selection of drinks, all in a lovely house setting with stunning front garden and porch. Definitely worth another visit.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

On our travels in the camper van, we decided to stop here for an early dinner. The starter of smoked salmon was nice, but was served with too much cream. The mains of rump lamb and prawn risotto were bith very good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Having worked at the nor Wester and dined there in the past, I heard it went down hill a bit when the new owners took over!! I went back there again for my hens party with a big group of my friends. We walked in and got greeted by the lovely staff, they did not showed our table was, I... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Having visited the nor wester cafe on several other occasions over the past five years and having thoroughly enjoyed the whole dining/cafe experience, I would have to say on visiting once again on Monday 5th our experience was abysmal. We entered the cafe and ordered two hot drinks - explaining to the young girl that I wanted my latte in... More 

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Amberley, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We have been here on numerous occasions as it is a really nice place to visit for a meal, a coffee or a snack. For the most part we have 95% of the time found the food delicious, the service really good for the most part in very nice surroundings.

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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Four of us dined here recently when we were passing through Amberley and really enjoyed it. We sat outside in the courtyard which had an overhead grapevine and lovely sunny setting. The lunch meals were generally priced in the $20ish price range. We had the BLT, Salmon Fattoush Salad, Fish and Chips and the Big Breakfast which were all without... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Disappointed that the entertainment voucher is not honoured by new owners as that was the primary reason we visited the cafe. The service was poor with staff who were disinterested and some downright surly, I cannot understand why this happens? The food was ok but not cheap, certainly not the same cafe it used to be.

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New Zealand
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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It's been a while since we've dined here - prior to the change in owners. After seeing some recent reviews I wasn't sure what we'd get. There were two of us. I had the lamb burger, my dining companion had the fish and chips. The service was friendly and responsive. It wasn't a long wait til the food arrived. The... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

My partner and I travel from Christchurch every few months specifically to dine here for their beautiful waffles. Today we arrived at lunchtime, but they went out of their way to make us the waffles (on their brunch menu) and once again they were perfect. We love the atmosphere here both inside and outside, and the staff are always warm,... More 

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Amberley, null, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My husband and I went to the Nor'Wester for lunch today. To say the service was poor would be a great understatement. We were made to feel very unwelcome and possible just in the way! We sat in the garden, my husband went and ordered a wine and a white wine spritzer, he explained that a spritzer is white wine... More 

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Additional Information about Nor'Wester Cafe

Address: 95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 314 9411
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Amberley
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: International, Bar, Café, New Zealand

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