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Birdwoods Gallery

298 Middle Road | Havelock North, Havelock North 4172, New Zealand
+64 6-877 1395
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It's the little things...

We had a lovely visit to Birdwoods today for coffee and cake. The cafe has been moved into the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kiwisdoeurope
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Auckland, NZ
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Girls get together

Went for a later afternoon lunch with a group of friends. Never been here before and was well... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Pauapatty
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Feilding, New Zealand
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Birdwoods Gallery is a very special place in the heart of Hawke's Bay. Set in the countryside just 3km from Havelock North Village, Birdwoods Gallery and its small companion, the Birdwoods Sweet Shop, are a 'must see' for young and old. Two historic buildings have been relocated to this pretty rural setting and transformed to become a distinctive and enchanting visitor attraction. Enjoy our famous morning or afternoon tea or come for a delicious garden lunch with family or friends. End it off with a delicious real fruit ice-cream from our little Ice Cream Shop.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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298 Middle Road | Havelock North, Havelock North 4172, New Zealand
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+64 6-877 1395
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a lovely visit to Birdwoods today for coffee and cake. The cafe has been moved into the gallery space for the winter months. It's warm and cosy with a log fire and you are surrounded by an amazing array of unique jewellery, gifts...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Went for a later afternoon lunch with a group of friends. Never been here before and was well presented with the restaurant and shop in one building, lolly shop separate and an ice cream shop that was not open due to the time of year...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your visiting Havelock North in the Hawkes Bay, add this to your list of things to do. I just took my son there and he loved it! They have a cute little old fashioned lollie (sweets/candy) shop that he blew his mind in. You...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a kid I loved coming out to the Summer Sweet Shop at Birdwoods and would look around the garden gallery. I have not been in years and after seeing such amazing reviews I decide to visit again. On arrival to the main cafe area...More

Thank TalyNZ
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Birdwoods, General Manager at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry you were not greeted on arrival - we do try to catch everyone as they come in and it is rare that we don't. With the cold weather we have made it cosy in the Gallery and it makes for a good atmosphere, especially...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth a morning brunch visit and staying through lunch. The beautiful gardens are a great places for kids to run around. The assorted cakes, scones, coffees and teas are delicious as is the lunch menu. I'd recommend a lazy brunch starting with coffee and...More

Thank Derek R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens of sculptures, historic buildings, the old Lolly shop and ice cream shop are all part of this complex out in the country side. We just went for the food! Inside the main building there is a wide variety of tempting local handcrafts for...More

Thank Joy C
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Birdwoods, Owner at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us and for your review. It is much appreciated. Louise Stobart - Owner

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely setting, asked for the beef burger without the bun, very accommodating and it was superb. Meat was tender, beetroot relish was divine too just perfect. Great pot of tea as well, excellent fullbodied tea and nice temperature. Very impressed all round.

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Birdwoods, Owner at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It is good to hear you were well accommodated and that you enjoyed the Birdwoods experience. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Kind regards, Louise Stobart - Owner

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a family outing we decided to pop into Birdwoods for a drink and maybe some lunch, on a cold HB day. Sitting by the open fire, my Dad and i decided on the mushroom soup with crusty bread. My sister decided on the sweet...More

Thank Chris B
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Birdwoods, Owner at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us - we do remember you well and know it was a particularly sad time for your father and the family. We seemed much happier having had time with you all and an enjoyable and nourishing bowl...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cute cafe with lovely shop attached, which stocks some interesting art and other items from around the world. Some lovely African items. Very tasty soup and a custard square was perfect.

Thank MuzandSue
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Birdwoods, Owner at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review - it is much appreciated. Louise Stobart - Owner

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would like to challenge the review of the mushroom soup, as given below by Mia S. I was with a group of 8 who dined at Birdwoods the other day. The soup was so good that I actually approached the chef for the recipe....More

Thank 199raeannes
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Birdwoods, Owner at Birdwoods Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review which says it all! With kind regards, Louise Stobart - Owner

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mia s
I think that you and the owner misunderstand my review. To the owner, yes, detailed because I was reviewing the soup ONLY, not the ambience or decorations or garden or any other feature. Specific because I've not sampled the entire menu. The 'M' stood for Maggi. I'm sorry that the bizarre mix of condiments and spices each fighting for notice gave all three of us the sensation of ersatz, but it did, and I understand why. Also beef jus in mushroom soup - and not telling customers at the counter? Not cool. What has 'cafe not fine dining' got to do with taste? I'm not dissing customers who liked and like the soup, so you have no need to diss my review. My view is that good fresh mushrooms have no need of flavours which overpower their delicacy. There were plenty of mushrooms, as I said, but they were simply swamped by too many other ingredients. My view. Not yours. But I'm entitled to my view. As for Birdwoods, we went there on my recommendation because my previous visit was in the summer, in the garden. The garden is very pleasant. The interior on the second visit was warm etc., but I repeat, I reviewed the soup, not the place.
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Response from Molenders | Reviewed this property |
I have idea what you are talking about so I assume this has been sent in error by Tripadviser
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ibaas2016
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Response from Birdwoods | Property representative |
Fair enough and on this occasion we did not deserve the extra star. Your comments are appreciated and ones we will take on board and help us strive to give everyone the special experience we are known for, however, busy we... More
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Wendy20081958
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Response from Birdwoods | Property representative |
Of course you can as we love dogs at Birdwoods! However Council does not permit them in the Conservatory dining area, but there is plenty of table space in the garden weather permitting. Kind regards, Louise Stobart
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