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“Great choice for high tea”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Melrose House Cafe

Melrose House Cafe
Ranked #3 of 171 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wellington, New Zealand
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450 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Great choice for high tea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

We were part of a very large group which gathered to celebrate a family birthday over high tea at Melrose. A lovely environment for a slightly more formal high tea, good food, beautiful chine and efficient service made for a pleasant afternoon. They coped very well with the challenges of such a large party, and the attractive, historic surroundings were the icing on the cake.

Visited July 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

I have eaten here many times and consider it a 'treat', but yesterday we had lunch and I was disappointed in the food. I had the tuna salad with noodles. The noodles were hidden under a very nice salad, and it was just as well as they were not very nice, a bit too slimy. The tuna was just ok. My friend had the mushroom dish and it was topped with 2 tea biscuits that were very heavy, one would have been more than enough. I noticed that some of the desserts in the counter display looked old and tired, flowers brown and wilting, cake icing hard and cracking, just not appetising. The service was good and of course the atmosphere was very pleasant. I will come again for the breakfast or tea, but not lunch.

  • Visited July 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hidden gem for the gluten free”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

this is one of Nelsons little hidden gems, any visitors should make the effort to come here. the bonus is they cater well for the gluten intolerant, not unlike a lot of places Nelson.

Visited June 2013
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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Where going out for breakfast feels as special a treat as going out for dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

The ambiance, and service are fantastic. The food is some of the most delicious we have ever experienced, as well as being exquisitely presented. The garden setting and gracious building create an elegant yet comforting haven. No exaggerating!

  • Visited June 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A delightful "high tea" experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Faultless service, an impressive range of treats served (on a Sunday) on bone china. Exquisite. This is the second time I've been in as many months. A word of advice - choose tea over coffee. Coffee gets you one cup, but tea gets you a teapot and you can have three cups out of this!! A lovely treat!

  • Visited June 2013
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