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“Small town big restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Town House - CLOSED

The Town House
Price range: $11 - $27
Cuisines: New Zealand, Cafe, International, European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Housed in the distinctive Art Deco ‘Waterside Workers Union Hall’ The Town House (formally The Bay House) is a ‘must do’ on your coastal itinerary. Reminiscent of a European café The Town House is the ‘go to’ place whatever you’re dining needs, whether it be a meal at anytime during the day or evening, a coffee and croissant in the morning, an afternoon wine or cocktail or a late evening drink and dessert. This is the place where you will find the locals sipping espresso at the bar on a Saturday morning reading the paper while others dine in the restaurant and enjoy the a la carte menu on offer. Located towards the port end of town near the picturesque fishing wharf on the corner of Palmerston and Cobden Streets, The Town House’ cosy interior is in keeping with its art deco history featuring original wooden floors, be-spoke wallpaper and wood paneled walls throughout with a deco sunburst theme behind the bar, the freestanding fireplace and in the original art deco glass and rimu doors that lead to the north facing terrace. The dining room is cosy despite its open design and high ceilings. The room warms up as it fills up with diners and comes alive with the enjoyable buzz of dinner conversations and as the warm weather comes to an end a spot by the fireplace is desirable and will see you settle in for a very comfortable dining experience. The Terrace has seating for 40 diners and on a sunny day is the best spot in town for alfresco wining and dining.
Blenheim, New Zealand
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52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Small town big restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

If this restaurant was in a major city you wouldn't be able to get a seat. This is the best meal that I have had froma restaurant for years. Also great services. Thanks.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Martyn B
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Westport, New Zealand
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cozy place !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very comfort environment!
Very good performance. Can't ask for more.

Recommend.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank NicoleChiu
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Ojai, California
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53 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Quality and variety rivaling large city fare”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

While touring New Zealand, we chose the Town House based on reviews to book a dinner for six, including friends from Auckland who were visiting the South Island. Everyone was happy with our choice. Our server was attentive and informative, the restaurant was quiet enough for us to converse easily, and the quality, preparation, and presentation of the food were better than one would often find in a major city. We enjoyed beef steaks, lamb, fresh trumpet fish with risotto, fresh vegetables and salads, and delicious desserts. I hope the residents of Westport appreciate how lucky they are to have a restaurant with the quality of The Town House.

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Ojaitravelbugs
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant in Westport”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Found this restaurant in a local magazine at our back packer place further down the west coast. Great service and décor and Eggs Benedict were delicious.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank TeeMBee
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Malmo, Sweden
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent food in retro design, don't miss!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

I'm not fond of retro design but if you can look beyond that The Town House is a gem. The food is delicious and the staff friendly. The chef is excellent and she surprised us with a tasty octopus starter, on the house, nice! We had mussels and venison and a wonderful ice-cream dessert. This evening we drank wonderful beer from Graymouth. The meal was well worth the 30 min walks we had to take to get there!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Larker49
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