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“Very average”
Review of Seagars Cooking School and Cafe - CLOSED

Seagars Cooking School and Cafe
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
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 July 14, 2013

This was our second time to this cafe, and again we were disappointed. We didn't think the menu could get worse and we were sadly wrong! The range of choices on the menu is extremely limited, the only redeeming feature was the delicious parsnip soup with camembert and cashews. This was the only thing on the menu that wasn't boring!
The wait-staff are friendly and welcoming and the cafe warm, it is a shame they have moved the shop into the cafe as it is rather annoying to be eating while people are walking around very close browsing the shelves.

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Thank MoirFamilyCHCH
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This was my second visit to this cafe in five years and it hasn't improved. I found the menu limited in genera, but as a gluten free diner, my choices were next to nil. After being offered a lunch main course of bacon and eggs, my friend and I settled for coffee and cake.

Not sure the friand described as GF was really gluten free so good thing I'm not coeliac. Given NZ does GF so well, this is surprising from the cafe of a well-known cook.

I would not recommend this cafe.

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Thank Mookait
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Astounded to read these reviews! We were down on holiday from Auckland and visited last year, and couldn't resist returning earlier this year. The food was yummy - loved the breakfast, among the best I've had and will certainly be returning regardless of what anyone says. My wife tried other things and loved them too. We liked the comfortable setting, the service was excellent and the cakes we bought to take away were exceptional. The prices were very much in line with what high quality café food cost these days. Still scratching my head about all this - Jo's is magnificent (and no, we're not related and don't know her). Totally worth the detour from Christchurch. We've been to plenty of cafes who's owners should go out there for training. Oxford is a neat little place too. Go Jo!

Thank The-Longest-Road
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Our experience was underwhelming.
Firstly, there is no system to ensure people who have to wait for a table are actually seated in the order in which they arrived, so you had better make sure that staff are aware you are waiting or you could be standing waiting for a very long time.
The menu is very limited (and uninspiring) in its selection, with many items simply pre-made and warmed up when you order (e.g. quiche, bacon-and-egg pie). The special weekend breakfast was unbelievably not available on Sunday at 1pm, as they had sold out. The only other item on the menu involving eggs was literally just bacon and eggs.
The coffee and hot chocolate were strangely both only lukewarm.
We saw Jo there, but she was working out the back in the kitchen. The cafe would greatly benefit from her being out the front greeting customers, taking orders and having a chat as most people come to Seagar's because of her. Next time we'll be trying one of the places across the street.

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Thank chuckee
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Having travelled through the South Island enjoying great service and excellent food we made a special trip to Seagers Cafe thinking it would be another great dining experience. What a waste of time, petrol and money. We went into the cafe, were totally ignored by all the staff, waited for service then finally got up and got the menus from the desk, got our own water and glasses. We then waited for 10 minutes then asked at the counter if we had to order there. The waitress finally approached our table, and, when we all chose the chicken pie, we were told there were no pies! The menu was very limited and failed to reflect Jo Seagers recipes we all know and love. The food once received was underwhelming and expensive. Buy a pie at Sheffield!

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Thank JoannaN101
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