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“Thursday night”
Review of Seagars Cooking School and Cafe - CLOSED

Seagars Cooking School and Cafe
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Seagars is owned by New Zealand Cook Book author Jo Seagar. The business includes the Seagars Cafe, Cook School, Kitchen Store and B&B Accommodation.
Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Make sure you are in Oxford and at Seagars on a Thursday night. Fabulous dinner and well complimented by the Seagars Pinot Gris. Great value overall and great fun staff.

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1  Thank Greg B
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

On our way from Hanmer to Christchurch we decided to take the long way and go to Jo Seagars Cafe as we had heard a lot about it and knew about her move from Auckland to Oxford a few years ago. We were extremely disappointed in the menu choices (very limited and overpriced). The meals were tasty but nothing out of the ordinary - we were expecting something wow from Jo Seagar. Staff except for one exception failed to raise a smile. All and all wouldn't go back nor would recommend. Disappointing experience.

Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Cafe 51 was very busy and we really fancied a coffee so we tried Seagars again despite our last experience being a bad one. Sadly, this time it was even worse, staff even snootier/snottier (take your pick!) and the food was terrible.

Have since found a new place just 100m down the road called Under the Oaks and that was everything Seagars is not, which is to say that it was friendly, well-priced and the food was fantastic. My advice is to give Seagars a wide berth as both Cafe 51 and Under the Oaks beat it hands down.

We won't be back to be ripped off by snobby staff for a 3rd time.

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Thank ricky1981
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We have been here a couple of times and a couple of times have been dissapointed, with the food, the decor and the service.
When ordering a lemon lime bitters to drink in a place with this name you wouldn't expect a horrible pre made one.
Our meals were OK but worth half of what they charged.
A man sat near us, I believe was Jo seagers husband, was loud and wanted people to hear him talking.
You can't book, so if you drive out to oxford for lunch at the mighty seagers be prepared to wait or turned away altogether.
Where did her good name come from? Where did the good name go?
Up your game Jo, it's not the 70's any more.

1  Thank superman0677
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Very disappointing and not what one would expect from Jo Seager. The food is very pricey, which is not at all reflected in the quality. I don't mind paying top dollar, but I expect top service, atmosphere and quality food. The service is rushed, haughty and unhelpful - I had to ask that the water pitcher be refilled (can happen in a busy cafe), and for more glasses - both requests were treated as if I was a nuisance. The cafe is very noisy and staff make no effort not to clatter. The food is banal - predictable choices at exorbitant prices - maple FLAVOURED syrup instead of the real deal. Very very disappointing. Have been to this cafe three times over the last 18 months and each time came away disappointed, thought it must have been a fluke but reading the other reviews on here seems not to be.

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1  Thank picina
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