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“What a find!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Town House

The Town House
13-15 Cobden Street, Westport 7601, New Zealand
+64 3-789 7133
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Ranked #4 of 19 Restaurants in Westport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $27
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, International, Contemporary, Eclectic
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Housed in the distinctive Art Deco ‘Waterside Workers Union Hall’ The Town House (formally The Bay House) is a ‘must do’ on your coastal itinerary. Reminiscent of a European café The Town House is the ‘go to’ place whatever you’re dining needs, whether it be a meal at anytime during the day or evening, a coffee and croissant in the morning, an afternoon wine or cocktail or a late evening drink and dessert. This is the place where you will find the locals sipping espresso at the bar on a Saturday morning reading the paper while others dine in the restaurant and enjoy the a la carte menu on offer. Located towards the port end of town near the picturesque fishing wharf on the corner of Palmerston and Cobden Streets, The Town House’ cosy interior is in keeping with its art deco history featuring original wooden floors, be-spoke wallpaper and wood paneled walls throughout with a deco sunburst theme behind the bar, the freestanding fireplace and in the original art deco glass and rimu doors that lead to the north facing terrace. The dining room is cosy despite its open design and high ceilings. The room warms up as it fills up with diners and comes alive with the enjoyable buzz of dinner conversations and as the warm weather comes to an end a spot by the fireplace is desirable and will see you settle in for a very comfortable dining experience. The Terrace has seating for 40 diners and on a sunny day is the best spot in town for alfresco wining and dining.
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“What a find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This place is a must for any west coast road trip, and a perfect destination or finale for anyone doing the coast road from greymouth. The town house has the style and sophistication of a city fine dining restaurant or high end cafe, but with an easy and comfortable atmosphere many sydney or auckland establishments would be hard pressed to match.

The food is what really made this place stand out to me though - being an exciting departure from the 'gourm-average' food were all so bored of these days - whoever designed the menu certainly knows how to breathe new life into old favourites as well as taking the diner on exotic sensual adventures to all corners of the globe - the venison with parsnip, and walnuts, grapes and feta was beautifully fitting for a mild spring evening, and I am currently struggling to find anywhere that matches their japanese 'gyoza' dumplings back here in sydney...

p.s. pop in for a coffee in the morning too, Gina made me the best latte of my entire NZ trip hands down!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great menu and wine list. Food and staff superb.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The menu in this attractive art deco building was extensive and a good selection of wines. For the jaded traveller looking for something to freshen the palatte in a small NZ country town, this is it. Good service without being intrusive and excellent value for money.

Visited October 2012
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2 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“A delicious meal to remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The free range pork belly was cooked to perfection and the balance of flavors of the dish was superb.
An unexpected culinary treat in Westport (wish we could come here every week!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perth. Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“What a find!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised to find a place like The Townhouse tucked away in Westport. We had drinks there in the afternoon in the lovely decked garden and were impressed by the winelist. We had a look at the dinner menu and after a quick look decided to book a table.
Weren't disappointed! There were 4 of us and we ordered 3 of the dishes for sharing as entrees - they were huge portions and very tasty. The mains were good as well, the only downfall was that the beef wellington was overcooked which is a bit of a food-crime in my opinion.
Service was great, very friendly. I would definitely go back if I ever go back to Westport!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Westport
1 review
“Fabulous”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Its a lovely atmosphere, great food and excellent service. I have always had a wonderful coffee each time I visit.

Visited September 2012
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