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Nor'Wester Cafe

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International, Bar, Café, New Zealand
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95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
03 314 9411
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Today
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Breakfast

Stopped by for breakfast and it was excellent. Husband and daughter had the eggs benidic with bacon and i had the poached eggs everything was delightful and well presented. Great service too and reasonably priced. My new favorite spot in Amberley.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Tina B
,
Blenheim, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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149 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Blenheim, New Zealand
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Stopped by for breakfast and it was excellent. Husband and daughter had the eggs benidic with bacon and i had the poached eggs everything was delightful and well presented. Great service too and reasonably priced. My new favorite spot in Amberley.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Unfortunately the Nor Wester is certainly not what it used to be in terms of the standard of its food. Gone are the high quality excellently prepared dishes we have come to know and expect from this establishment only to be replaced with a chips with everything sort of place. The salmon in my salad was dry and the 'salad'... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is one of the many restaurants in Amberley. It was a little on the pricier side but was worth the extra money. The food was really well prepared with decent sized portions. The service was very efficient and friendly. Good choice of food on the menu and would recommend both the fish and chips and the lamb.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Have eaten here in the past when it was very good. Sadly it seems to have lost its way but not its pricing. What a pity it doesn't celebrate the wonderful food and wine available in the area.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The chefs change too often so that carries a message for me. It has traded on its reputation for some time but time is leaving it behind.

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Washington, DC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Good food, great atmosphere, friendly staff. If only we could go back. Chicken dish great. We didn't order the fish and chips but it looked tasty. Good reisling.

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London, England, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Amberley
  • Phone Number: 03 314 9411

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International, Bar, Café, New Zealand
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?