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The Somerset Grocer

Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
+64 3 307 5899
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Wed 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu - Fri 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this spot after many good recent reviews but left very disappointed.We ordered Mushrooms on Ciabatta, a big breakfast & kids pancakes. There was very few mushrooms in a creamy, luke warm sloopy gloop. The big breakfast was ok but the kids pancakes were over cooked so very hard on the bottom and not enjoyed by my little guy.... More 

Thank Beckah F
Ashburton, New Zealand
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The coffee here rocks, as does the food but the menu never changes. The service is polite but lacks friendliness

1 Thank Sharon W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Since discovering this cafe by accident last year, I now make a stop here every time I am driving between Christchurch and Dunedin. Great coffee, an outstanding selection of cabinet food ready to takeaway and I've always had friendly service from the lovely ladies who work here. Highly recommend to all.

Thank Kimberley F
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in for lunch and would highly recommend it. The food is presented beautifully and tastes super good! Lots of gluten free etc options so it really is suitable for everyone!

Thank Zoe W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Dropped in here today with friends for coffee and cake. I'd been wanting to call into here for a while so I was rather looking forward to it. I can't fault the coffee, we all enjoyed it - and one of my friends loved her Chai Latte, but some of the slices we ordered we very lack lustre indeed and... More 

Thank Deborah L
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

If you're heading south on main road from Christchurch, enjoy a welcome break at this cafe. Great selection of food for lunch, morning tea or ingredients for dinners etc. plus gelato!! Serving Bach coffee. Lovely.

Thank Mrmaas2010
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere of The Sommerset Grocer. Fabulous location for a brunch or afternoon coffee. The hard part is deciding what to have as the cabinet is full of delicious goodies. Great coffee too and very reasonable prices. Highly recommend. Was our first time but we travel regularly through Ashburton - this is definitely our... More 

Thank Jane8001
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Great assortment, easy to find, lots of seating, and extras about to entice you into spending your cash-

Thank Danielle A
Wollongong, Australia
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130 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Every time I come to Ashburton I enjoy the excellent Somerset Grocer coffee, a bun or old-fashioned New Zealand slice (their food selection is MUCH wider than that, but I am usually replete with family hospitality.) . They have a huge range of interesting and classy foodie gifts from gourmet dips to caviar to some simple but excellent parsnip chips.... More 

Thank hopingfortravel
Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

You will be spoilt for choice in this cafe/grocer. Very generous servings of tasty food. Good service followed by great coffee. Should be on your Ashburton 'to do' list.

Thank ponty23

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Ashburton
  • Phone Number: +64 3 307 5899
At the Somerset Grocer, we love great food and take pride in bringing you the best local and international produce, in a great shop atmosphere. At our Ashburton gourmet grocer you’ll encounter new products and tasty delights with each visit.Browse our shelves for a unique ingredient to bring your next meal to life, grab a bottle of wine from our specialty Ashburton wine shop or chat to our friendly team about the perfect addition to spice up your weekly shopping basket. With gourmet products sourced and selected from throughout New Zealand and beyond, the Somerset Grocer will have something to tempt you. We are conveniently located just off the main street of Ashburton, on Burnett St. Look for us on the Ground Floor of the new Somerset Building.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?