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Nor'Wester Cafe

Bar, Coffee Shop, International, New Zealand
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95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
03 314 9411
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Today
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Helpful staff n yummy food

Nice drive from christchurch for lunch or afternoon tea. The most lovely staff i have to say. Easy parking. So no stress abt that.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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165 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Only stopped for a quick coffee on the way home to Nelson. We were served quickly even though they were busy. The 2 flat whites came to us luke warm and with about 2 to 3 cm of froth on top. So basically only half a cup of luke warm coffee left in the cup once the froth was scooped... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

As so many have said in previous reviews - dull and uninspiring. The old outstanding menu has been replaced, as has the decor, and not for the better. Garlic bread consisted of 4 thin slices accompanied by a near frozen butter. Sirloin steak was as plain as they come, accompanied by a meagre salad and fries not seen since Cobb... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Nice drive from christchurch for lunch or afternoon tea. The most lovely staff i have to say. Easy parking. So no stress abt that.

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

Dined here this evening. Drove from rangiora. Had lovely dinner and service was great. Was very disappointed when went to pay to be told the entertainment card was no longer accepted. The staff advised there were signs everywhere. When I looked really hard there was a small one at the counter and at the entry door . easily missed. I... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We stayed in Hanmer Springs for the weekend and we were tossing up about between having lunch in Hanmer or at the Norwester on the Sunday on the way home. I rang to book the day prior and spoke to a very nice person so it sounded promising. On the way back from Hanmer I rang to say we would... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

so went in and waiter was lovely we had a two for one voucher which we thought we could use. we both ordered the pork belly. mash tasted old and wasnt very warm. pork fat was raw. all it came with was broccoli which was still hard. mash and pork with fruit thing which i didnt like no crackling .... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We called in from Hanmer for a coffee on our way to Christchurch, staff friendly, food and coffee great. My partner left his hat there when we left, they posted it to us and did not want us to pay for postage. We will be back

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I went for lunch with my son. We ordered backstrap of lamb with feta salad & cherry tomatoes & when it arrived there where about four slices of lamb on top of a big plate of letuce. We got two tiny pieces of feta in the huge salad & two cherry tomatoes cut in four. There was no flavour, extremely... More 

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Christchurch
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A pleasant 50 kms drive North of Christchurch and well worth the easy drive. We found the service absolutely delightful and the meals both well presented, delicious and value for money. The only disappointment was to find out that this restaurant is no longer a participant in the Entertainment Book.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We haven't been to the Nor'Wester since it has changed hands. The outside area was unkempt the plants were in need of a good watering. The menu wasn't extensive but the BLT was ok but expensive at over $20. The chips were not nice. Shame as we had wonderful memories of excellent food.

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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: Bar, Coffee Shop, International, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?