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The Somerset Grocer Cafe and Bar

Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
+64 3-307 5899
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“lunch” (33 reviews)
“gelato” (3 reviews)
Closed Now
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Somerset House | 161 Burnett Street, Ashburton 7740, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

CHRISTCHURCH TO QUEENSTOWN Make a pit stop at Ashburton for breakfast. The Big Breakfast, Pancakes and Fudge Brownies are fantabulous! MUST TRY: Crispy bacons, Hash browns, fluffy pancakes, home made tomato sauce, perfect scrambled eggs and fudge brownies for dessert Definitely Worth your time and...More

Thank MarcusLeeCH
Reviewed May 16, 2018

Another visit to Somerset Grocer and it is still one of the highlights in Ashburton. Great coffee, excellent counter food and pleasant, welcoming service. Well deserving of all the positive reviews.

Thank Seismicscot
Reviewed May 5, 2018

We came into this restaurant to buy some salted caramel sauce. There is a great selection of sauce and preserves. There was also a yummy looking food cabinet for those having lunch. It was very busy and obviously the place to go. However it was...More

Thank Diane W
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

Always make a point to drop in when we are down in this part of the country. Highlights include excellent coffee and a reasonably wide selection of food - both cabinet and menu. Everyone will be able to find something to enjoy. Be careful if...More

Thank Doug L
Reviewed March 12, 2018

Very good coffee, tasty scones, newspaper and selection of newish magazines. Ideal place to laze and read the papers.

Thank Heather C
Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

Great selection of food, coffee and teas. convenient location close to Main Street. Quick friendly service, will return.

Thank Glenda D
Reviewed March 5, 2018

We privately booked out the Somerset for our Company Christmas Do. I was surprised. The quality of the food was superb and so delicious. It rated the best I have had in Ashburton ever. Looking to book a venue-Book now you will not be disappointed.

Thank mikesold
Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I just had breakfast there, service, cleanliness, food, layout and toilets were spot on. Well done 😊

Thank 933shaym
Reviewed January 19, 2018 via mobile

Food was tasteless and not helped by overheating it in the microwave. Luke warm coffee and tea. Left this place hungry and dissatisfied and will not be back!

1  Thank Saltings_10
Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

We had the Somerset Grocer to ourselves for our Christmas dinner. Very happy with the venue food was really really fresh.

Thank Shirley F
Mark M, Manager at The Somerset Grocer Cafe and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2018

Thank you so much for your positive review, we are glad that you enjoyed your experience

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $10
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 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
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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 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
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