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“Hearty Good Food”
Review of The Stables - CLOSED

The Stables
Price range: $1 - $18
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Anakiwa, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Hearty Good Food”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

The Stables is along one of the main streets of Akaroa and served a variety of sandwiches and pies together with hot food and both hot and cold drinks. The cafe was basic but perfectly adequate for a lunch time meal. We had an excellent beef casserole and a seafood chowder. Good coffee and nice service. Clean, tidy and efficient.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Okiwa_Bay_Lodge
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Stillwater, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good breakfast, cute decor”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

Our favourite breakfast when we've eaten too much the day before is muesli, yoghurt and fruit salad. This was one of the best we've tasted. The toasted muesli seemed home made, as did the yoghurt. There was plenty of freshly sliced fruit artfully arranged and honey was drizzled on the bowls' wide rims. The coffees were good too. Staff in a small place like this can have a high turnover and some of the reviews are not flattering but the day we were there the staff were very friendly.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Cliff S
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Kelso, Scotland, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good value for money”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

Great coffee and cakes. Clean but quirky. Staff polite and helpful. Toilets nice and clean. Lots of seats inside and out.

Visited April 2014
Thank Gillian B
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Rude Rude Rude!”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me the sheer ignorance of people who work in hospitality or the food service industry. 'Hospitality', to be hospitable non?

Just after 8am on a Wednesday morning in Akaroa we decided to venture into the Stables for a takeaway coffee and perhaps some home baking. As we walked up the path we noticed the lady working there stocking the drinks fridges by the window. As we entered the door she failed to turn and acknowledge us so we wished her a cheery "Good Morning" which gained no response. So again we piped up "Good Morning", yet she still did not turn around, merely continued to fill fridges whilst a young boy played with a truck by her feet and stared at us.

At this point, my partner decided to double check they were open - even though there was an 'Open' board outside. Upon asking, fridge filling lady whipped around and impatiently sniped "Yes, we ARE open" and turned back around to the task of filling her drinks fridges. At which point we turned on our heel and left to go spend our Kiwi Dollar elsewhere.

Clearly, she had got out of bed on the wrong side that morning, however, as the old saying goes, 'Customer is King' and treating customers the way we were treated is a good way to get a bad reputation and fast.

I cannot comment on the food or coffee as we didn't get the chance to try it.

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank LulaBird
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
213 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2014

This restaurant really needs to lift its game. We ordered a chicken burger which you would presume for the price it would have chicken breast - but instead had crumbed - prefrozen chicken which you would see in a kids meal at the local hotel. Also the fish and chips tasted like prefrozen too. They don't have a kids meal, and when we asked about kids meal the chef was very snappy. I am embarrassed that tourists would even think that was kiwi food. Coffee was okay.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Kerry553
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