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A fab place to visit

I heard Birdwoods Gallery advertised on the radio and as it's always nice to go somewhere... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
Lovely place

I have visited the place twice. Really enjoyed the great coffee and yummy cakes. The garden is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“lolly shop”(37 reviews)
Birdwoods Gallery is a very special place in the heart of Hawke's Bay. Set in the countryside just 3km from Havelock North Village, Birdwoods Gallery and its small companion, the Birdwoods Sweet Shop, are a 'must see' for young and old. Two historic...more
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298 Middle Road | Havelock North, Havelock North 4172, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I heard Birdwoods Gallery advertised on the radio and as it's always nice to go somewhere different, we went there over the weekend and I'm so pleased we did. The lemon tart we both tried was delicious and was served with cream on beautiful crockery....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited the place twice. Really enjoyed the great coffee and yummy cakes. The garden is beautiful.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met friends here for a great lunch with local craft beer. The place was full, but we luckily got a table. Warm and cosy inside. Very relaxed and everyone enjoying themselves. Enjoyed the burger and the seafood chowder.

Thank suzyloo99
Birdwoods, Owner at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are delighted you enjoyed our new winter setting - it has been working well and has a lovely atmosphere. Change is a good thing! Thanks for taking the time to review us. Kind regards, Louise Stobart - Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a lovely place to visit. The cafe is a must,, as is the walk around the sculptures in the garden. The lowly shop is quaint and the shop/gallery full of things you will want to buy. Fantastic place for kids to play while adults...More

Thank Terri S
Birdwoods, Owner at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us - we and other readers appreciate it. Kind regards, Louise Stobart - Owner

Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely visit to Birdwoods today for coffee and cake. The cafe has been moved into the gallery space for the winter months. It's warm and cosy with a log fire and you are surrounded by an amazing array of unique jewellery, gifts...More

Thank Kiwisdoeurope
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Went for a later afternoon lunch with a group of friends. Never been here before and was well presented with the restaurant and shop in one building, lolly shop separate and an ice cream shop that was not open due to the time of year...More

Thank Pauapatty
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

If your visiting Havelock North in the Hawkes Bay, add this to your list of things to do. I just took my son there and he loved it! They have a cute little old fashioned lollie (sweets/candy) shop that he blew his mind in. You...More

Thank Vanessa R
Reviewed July 6, 2018

As a kid I loved coming out to the Summer Sweet Shop at Birdwoods and would look around the garden gallery. I have not been in years and after seeing such amazing reviews I decide to visit again. On arrival to the main cafe area...More

Thank TalyNZ
Birdwoods, General Manager at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2018

Sorry you were not greeted on arrival - we do try to catch everyone as they come in and it is rare that we don't. With the cold weather we have made it cosy in the Gallery and it makes for a good atmosphere, especially...More

Reviewed July 5, 2018

Definitely worth a morning brunch visit and staying through lunch. The beautiful gardens are a great places for kids to run around. The assorted cakes, scones, coffees and teas are delicious as is the lunch menu. I'd recommend a lazy brunch starting with coffee and...More

Thank Derek R
Reviewed July 3, 2018

Beautiful gardens of sculptures, historic buildings, the old Lolly shop and ice cream shop are all part of this complex out in the country side. We just went for the food! Inside the main building there is a wide variety of tempting local handcrafts for...More

Thank Joy C
Birdwoods, Owner at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

Thank you for visiting us and for your review. It is much appreciated. Louise Stobart - Owner

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mia s
I think that you and the owner misunderstand my review. To the owner, yes, detailed because I was reviewing the soup ONLY, not the ambience or decorations or garden or any other feature. Specific because I've not sampled the entire menu. The 'M' stood for Maggi. I'm sorry that the bizarre mix of condiments and spices each fighting for notice gave all three of us the sensation of ersatz, but it did, and I understand why. Also beef jus in mushroom soup - and not telling customers at the counter? Not cool. What has 'cafe not fine dining' got to do with taste? I'm not dissing customers who liked and like the soup, so you have no need to diss my review. My view is that good fresh mushrooms have no need of flavours which overpower their delicacy. There were plenty of mushrooms, as I said, but they were simply swamped by too many other ingredients. My view. Not yours. But I'm entitled to my view. As for Birdwoods, we went there on my recommendation because my previous visit was in the summer, in the garden. The garden is very pleasant. The interior on the second visit was warm etc., but I repeat, I reviewed the soup, not the place.
July 1, 2018|
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Response from Kate F | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea why I have been seen this. What is the question?
April 27, 2017|
Response from Birdwoods | Property representative |
Fair enough and on this occasion we did not deserve the extra star. Your comments are appreciated and ones we will take on board and help us strive to give everyone the special experience we are known for, however, busy we... More
June 3, 2016|
Response from Birdwoods | Property representative |
Of course you can as we love dogs at Birdwoods! However Council does not permit them in the Conservatory dining area, but there is plenty of table space in the garden weather permitting. Kind regards, Louise Stobart