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“A pleasant surprise”
Review of Seagars Cooking School and Cafe - CLOSED

Seagars Cooking School and Cafe
Cuisines: Cafe, European, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating
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.
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

We happened upon Seagars by accident as we were looking for a place to have breakfast early on on our drive from Springfield to Kaikoura. Many of the existing reviewers had knowledge of this restaurant before they dined there, it was later that we found out that it is listed in the National Geographic best 500 places to eat and that Jo Seagar has, or had, a cookery programme on NZ TV. In other words, we came without a weight of expectation.We had the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and a cooked breakfast with fried eggs, bacon etc. In a word it was delicious ! I am a man who enjoys eating breakfast out more than any other meal and this one enters my top 5 ever. The food was fresh, fresh, fresh, well cooked and presented - I wanted to eat it all over again when we were finished. We took no notice of the service which can only mean that it was at least, prompt and adequate. This was definitely one of life's pleasant surprises.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Ulysses100
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English first
Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Thursday night”
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Failed to deliver”
Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

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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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Made the mistake of trying it again”
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.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank ricky1981
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank superman0677
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