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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
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed now
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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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stopped here for brunch the meals were a good size and the staff really friendly. Value for money and also great to look at the things they sell

Thank Denise P
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped on our way to Mount cook for a really tasty breakfast. Lots of options for breakfast - from fresh pastries to fancy eggs Benedict and hot food. Great presentation and friendly staff. Papers and magazines to read and cool atmosphere inside.

Thank Monica G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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320 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely café. We stopped for breakfast on our way to Geraldine and I had imagined a little place for a bite to eat but this place was so much bigger. I loved it! There was cabinet food, a menu with cooked food, gelato, frozen organic veggies, International food and products (which I loved browsing through while waiting for... More 

Thank mooseandbok2006
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful breakfast, amazing smoothly, people that take pride in their work and their product. Mia is a star!

Thank trifs2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I often buy my team a coffee from The Somerset Cafe, pretty good coffee and friendly staff. Great selection of international snacks and gifts in the cafe. The cabinet food is really tasty and again offers a good selection. The restaurant converts into a wine bar on Friday nights. Good option for a good variety of food and beverages. Cheers

Thank I1238UHbrucem
Ashburton, New Zealand
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261 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend told me she had organised a picnic lunch for Christmas Day from Somerset Grocer. With only 4 of us this year it seemed like a really good idea. I went and saw Nicki and discussed a few options and arranged to collect the picnic o Christmas Eve. What a wonderful selection of meats, salads, salmon roulade desserts and... More 

Thank Marg22
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always something new and yummy, and a great place to find that special gift. Can get a little noisy if they are busy but there's a quieter (sometimes) area at the back.

Thank Cathie W
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

This is a great wee cafe with a range of gifts as well. Plenty of room to sit including lounge chairs for those who wish to stay a while. Really lovely range of food options - mostly locally made and sourced. Snacks and sweet treats are in offer right up to full meals. Also lots of food options to buy... More 

Thank Megan C
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

We enjoyed the Somerset grocer during a recent stop in Ashburton. As the name implies, they are an upscale grocer but be aware they really carry a limited selection of options. That said, the offerings are excellent - different jams, sauces, etc. I don't believe there was any produce offerings - if there was it was very very small. They... More 

Thank BH136
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

High chairs for kids, light and spacious. Excellent seafood chowder, great selection of counter food, good coffee

Thank Stephanie1221_12

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, 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?