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“Not your average BISTRO....MUCH much better” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Westshore Beach Inn

Westshore Beach Inn
Ranked #13 of 194 Restaurants in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $14
Cuisines: Filipino, Bar, Asian, Pub, New Zealand, Healthy
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Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Hawkes Bays oldest Pub still operating on its original site - 1925 when the current building was established. Licenced since 1851!! Westshore Beach Inn has become a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Napiers craft bier library- We have the most fabulous range of craft bier FRESH from the tap - Our own on site micro brewery 25 FREH biers on tap at any one time. Fill here - Take there....YES we fill Pots, Growlers, Camels n Riggers!! We have our Bistro with a fabulous lawn area that starts the day with lunch ( from 11.30am) then continuous through to dinner 7 days a week. The Bistro & Philippine Asian Kitchen all do simple fresh food with produce from Napier County and its artisans. Fresh Food NOT fast food from local suppliers is the mantra we operate to. Free range chicken and Verry's free range eggs feature on all menus. Our sustainably caught Fresh Fish is caught DAILY by Karl and Sarah from Better Fishing - It is the most superb flavour and texture - Often only a few hours since being caught. We are delighted to announce we have opened our Philippine Asian Kitchen with authentic and fresh flavours - OPEN dinner Tuesday to Sunday (Sunday lunch). Cheers & Beers The Bayliss family
NZ
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649 reviews
402 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
“Not your average BISTRO....MUCH much better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Don't let the age of the hotel deter you, began as a coaching INN more than 150 years ago on this spot. Today, it's a tidy well run property with bar, inn, restaurant. Food is always excellent and at family prices. Fresh well prepared served promptly and will not break the bank. can't think of a better price - quality dining establishment in this region. Conveniently located in Westshore Napier a couple of minutes walk from Port Ahurihi. Persons who have never eaten here may give a poor review? Why is this? The hotel offers bicycles for hire for the new pathways outside the door. The beach is less than 50m away. Front desk for hotel is near the Bistro entrance. This is a historical building, one of Napier's oldest. Modern architecture, NOT. The kitchen is tidy, staffed by real cooks and pumps out delicious food every day we have been there. The Jack Daniel's ribs are waaay better than any we've tasted in NZ.Enjoy REAL quality tucker at FAIR prices. We doubt the veracity of the 'poor' review from someone who never ate here. We have countless experiences which differ from that alleged experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank r s
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JayB4544, Owner at Westshore Beach Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thank you thank you, the staff say "Awesomeness thank you. Cheers & Beers Jeremy Bayliss
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Inexpensive and yummy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We came here as a family with the 2 kids we all enjoyed our meals my chicken salad had lots of chicken and was very tasty! Room for the kids to play and toys included will return.

Visited January 2013
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JayB4544, Owner at Westshore Beach Inn, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Great, we try very hard to make the whole family welcome. We have a seven year old so we see ourselves as family friendly - Sebastian is actually in charge of the toys and many are his hand me downs. Cheers & Beers Jeremy Bayliss
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napier
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Disappointment in Westshore”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

My partner and I went to this recommended eatery to check it out following great reviews on here. Sadly we did not get to eat there.

On arrival, we walked passed four bicycles that seemed to be stored inside for possible hire and into a room that seemed to act as both the front desk and an office. There was nobody manning the front desk which had a variety of brochures for local sights to visit. Behind this was an office desk covered in papers and a desktop printer and was clearly someone's workplace - we thought we'd come for a meal not an office visit.

A delightful staff member came through from the main dining room and welcomed us very warmly. We asked to view a menu so she had to return to the dining room to get one and return to us. She left us to our own devices while we examined the menu.

We decided to stay for a meal and walked through to the dining room. Sadly the same woman was the only staff member visible and she was busy serving drinks at the bar. After waiting several minutes, we left, disappointed with our experience.

Are you running a cafe or a backpackers?

Is the front desk part of the administration office?

This was a muddled concept and we are not likely to try again.

Visited January 2013
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JayB4544, Owner at Westshore Beach Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
I have really struggled to answer you review.
Why?
You and your partner were on site a total of 2 minutes and 50 seconds.
It probably took longer to write the review than your stay.

So I cannot respond to any comment on food as you had none.

I cannot respond to the service as you loved the waitress ( Describing her delightful) but could not stay while she served another table and left after about 90 seconds having seated yourselves to a table.

So I can answer the following:
Yes, Westshore Beach Inn is an Inn providing accommodation, bar, backpackers, cafe.
Yes, it was reception and performs some administration roles.
Yes, the printer is used to check people in, print letters and specials for the menu.
Yes, the bikes are for hire or guest use.
Yes, the brochure rack is for guests, in fact often it is used more by guests dining than staying.

As you read our reviews prior to coming I am surprised and disappointed you did not stay to dine.
As you know the power of reviews and their influence on my families' business, it is disappointing you reviewed us, being your first review in 6 months ( 7 in 4 years) and did not even get to enjoy what we have to offer.

Thank you for taking the time to review and I am sure that visiting guests will now have an even clearer view of our total offering as the Westshore Beach Inn.

Best wishes for 2013
From us all, Jeremy Bayliss
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Napier, New Zealand
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“Hola Rancheros! - Great Brunch Menu!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Yay! Somewhere you can go for brunch that is not pretentious (the chef came out and asked how our meals were and also waited on some tables – how often do you see that!?) and offers something different for brunch other than boring pancakes and full English’s.

It was a nice sunny Sunday, so we sat outside and the wait staff were great, with drink orders taken and delivered quickly (hey it was Sunday so desperately in need of real coffee and lots of it) was greatly appreciated as was the big jug of water, instead of just a glass and the game of 'find the water cooler.'

100 million Mexicans can’t be wrong so I ordered the Huevos Rancheros – well that was AWESOME! So filling and full of flavours, without being too heavy, I barely finished and didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day! My sister in law had the bananalicious, which she will order again and my brother had the eggs with side order of local (and very good) black pudding and sausage and two orders of home-made beans went to Mum and Dad, which they enjoyed (much better than Watties – high praise indeed!)

Wait staff were attentive and as mentioned the chef making an appearance was a nice touch (make sure you keep him on!) and the coffee was v. good too! We would happily come back again and will do. Thank you!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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JayB4544, Owner at Westshore Beach Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thanks heaps for taking time to review your stay. Yes, Grant and Bobbi love getting out of the kitchen and having a chat - Obviously, they too have confidence in their food! The Rancheos have been extremely popular, people looking for something different I think. Cheers n Biers Jeremy Bayliss
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“Great service, friendly atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We dined here on Jan 01 after reading great reviews on trip advisor. We enjoyed great service and loved the fresh fish and chips. The Rush Munro ice cream sundae with fresh fruit was a real treat. In fact we loved our meals and the great friendly atmosphere so much that we went back for dinner the next night.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank wilsonAuckland
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JayB4544, Owner at Westshore Beach Inn, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Fantastic, the staff will love reading this review. Our Pub Bistro always uses the best ingrediants in a simple manner - Rush Munro Ice Cream, well not much to add there!!! Tahnks for takinig time to review. Cheers & Beers Jeremy Bayliss
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