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“Delicious lunch in the sun.”
Review of The Town House - CLOSED

The Town House
Price range: $11 - $27
Cuisines: Contemporary, International, Cafe
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

I took my fiancée to the town house for her birthday. Her Fish cakes were delicious and my quesadilla and ribs were good. They have a great wine and beer list. Something special on a beautiful West Coast day.

1  Thank eamonm294
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

My crumbed kaffir lime crab-cakes with green bean salad was perfect for lunch. Light, tasty, & well presented. My colleague had the Town House Big Breakfast which made me envious not only because it included lovely looking dark yellow free-range eggs and locally produced sausage, but because of the mouth-watering 'Rai Valley bacon steak' that arrived with it. About 2cm thick and smelling divinely of manuka smoke.
Finished with a well-made flat white and naughty piece of hazelnut choc slice (part of which I had intended to take away for later but was so delicious I ate it all right there!).
Excellent service. The decor matches the eclectic menu choices (which includes a number of options for vegetarians - nice) and the place has a nice ambiance suitable for lunchtime with friends or more intimate dinner moments. Highly recommended.

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1  Thank Paul P
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were travelling up the west Coast and had hoped to try the cafe at Tauranga Bay (Cape Foulwind). Unfortunately it was closed, but the phone number took us to a restaurant in Westport (10 minutes away) owned by the same lady. it is at the end of the main street and well sign-posted so easy to find. The building was apparently an old trade union hall and has been refurbished with sensitivity, and looks great. The menu was good, and the service was excellent. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the food and had all the answers to our questions about the restaurant and ownership etc. We shared a starter of japanese dumplings which were delicious. Three of us had the fish of the day (Turbot on risotto) and one had the fish cakes. All the meals were delicious and beautifully cooked and presented. Our waitress had told us the owner/chef was not there that day. However the assistant chef was excellent. She even served a couple of meals to diners when the waitresses were tied up in the bar so her food was served hot and fresh! This was a real find in a small town and worth a special visit for foodies like us. They do a Fish & Chips Friday which is popular with locals evidently. We were there on Friday and saw the fish & chips which looked superb.

1  Thank CMKNZ
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

The food that we chose was equal to that served anywhere. For the main we had both had Wild West Coast Venison, served with a cherry and red wine jus, fried potato slices, blue cheese and toasted walnuts. Yes it sounds simple but what a wonderful match!
If you go there be sure to have it. You will not be disappointed.

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1  Thank Paremata2
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

I went for the first time to the Town House simply because it was close by to where I was staying. I was pleasantly suprised by how lovely they had re-furbished this old building. The decor is stylish and the food match's. A beautiful place for a special occaision or just a casual lunch/dinner. I would definately recommend and definately return.

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1  Thank ShelleyRarotonga
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