I have stayed at the Hotel many times over the years and would have stayed there again recently but it was full. Not surprising as it has a lot to offer and good accommodation. However we joined a group of friends there for dinner in November. Staff were polite and helpful but unfortunately the food was very disappointing. A coconut crusted prawn dish was absolutely awful. The whole prawn, i.e. tail, scales and all, was coated in this dry crust. To eat them you had to cut off or break off the tail, then pick away the scales as you tried to eat it. By the time you pulled all the scales out of your mouth, there wasn't much prawn meat left. A friend next to me had a number of the prawn heads (minus the body) served on her plate, again coated in this awful crust. They were inedible. Goodness knows where the rest of the prawn was. A number of us ordered this dish which was deep friend. We couldn't understand why any chef would think it was clever to dunk the entire prawn in this crust and expect someone to eat it. The steak eaters at the table did not have any complaints but others who had a fish dish were not satisfied either. We didn't raise our complaints at the time which clearly we should have but it was late, we were lucky to be squeezed in before the kitchen closed so paid the price.
Just be careful what you order and stay away from anything that is deep friend in a crust without checking what is under the crust.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park's completion of a NZ$7 million refurbishment has seen it become one of Wairarapa’s most luxurious hotels, now holding a 4 Star Plus Qualmark rating. Located in the heart of an internationally acclaimed wine region, the resort is set in 10 hectares of landscaped grounds & native bush on the outskirts of Masterton, Wairarapa's largest town. Nearby attractions include vineyards, Tui Brewery, Vintage Aviator Collection & PMB National Wildlife Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copthorne Hotel And Resort Solway Park, Wairarapa
- Copthorne Hotel Masterton
- Masterton Solway Park