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“Elegant and ambient”
Review of Melrose House Cafe

Melrose House Cafe
Ranked #8 of 200 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Gracious sweeping entrance through tree-filled grounds up to elegant verandah and high stud entry, and proportions. The House is beautiful and wooden. The lunch menu is wide-ranging enough to cater for most tastes. Service is friendly, efficient ant helpful. Whole experience in the dining rom and throughout the tour of the larger rooms (with historic photos) is well worth the time.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Eleven of us gathered for lunch to celebrate a colleagues retirement. Everyone ordered drinks before their meal, these were served in beautiful old china cups and individual teapots where appropriate. Plenty of time to enjoy the great range of herbal teas etc before our meals arrived. Fantastic presentation and quality fresh, tasty food and perfect portion sizes . This cafe is housed in part of Melrose House an old historical building in a large garden setting. There are a couple of connecting rooms inside, bay windows with tables for two, a dresser laden with bone china tea services and then numerous tables outside on the covered verandah. The service was good and as we were the last of the lunch time diners to leave a staff member didn't hesitate to take time to take group photos for us on the steps of the verandah. A very enjoyable meal with friends/colleagues in a delightful setting. Highly recommend for that "special" occasion .

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

What a treat to have such wonderful food, attentive staff and a beautiful setting all in the same cafe. This is our favourite place in the world for lunch and special afternoon teas. They make the best coffee in town, too

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

My out of town visiting friend and I strolled across the beautiful Melrose House estate's lawns and toured the grand old house, before choosing our table for afternoon tea, looking out over the gardens.

The service was good and our home-made lemonade and mango iced tea were brilliant after our mini-hike out at Cable Bay. We'd earned the huge date scones.

Luckily as a local I can go back and revisit the long cafe menu over the months ahead.

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Thank Teri S
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

It was the little things that made this visit not as enjoyable as it should have been. Like when we arrived the lawns were overgrown with weeds. Panises wilted. .the plants on the table drooped and dying. Forgetting one of drinks and then questioning whether we really did get it. Having to chase up the drink again. The food for the high tea was exquisite. But we were placed in a room next to a large group. They asked for silence while giving speeches. It was real noisey. .we felt we were infringing on someone elses party. Yet we were there to celebrate too. Two of us had to fish aphids and ants out of our lemonade. the ginger and lemon tea was in a tea bag. And couldnt really taste the ginger. And I thought it was rude to give a stainless steel pot of tea to share to a couple, and then others got the fine china. Two of the persons didnt even ask for a shared tea, but had to share. Thats not cool. They wanted tea for one. I think the service could be better and little things like no bugs in drinks would really improve the perception of the experience.

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Thank nzp0ppy
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