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The Brown Trout Cafe Restaurant

1158 Athol-Garston Highway | Southland, Athol 9749, New Zealand
+64 3-248 8847
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“lunch” (8 reviews)
“pies” (5 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
1158 Athol-Garston Highway | Southland, Athol 9749, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first day on the road - stopped for lunch a couple of hours out from Queenstown. Met the owners (previously lived in Aus) which made us feel at home. Strong coffee and soup (cauliflower and blue cheese) for lunch. The coffee was locally roasted...More

1  Thank teeay65
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review. It is very much appreciated. So glad you enjoyed our food, coffee and your visit to our cafe .

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch it was great they didn't have much left as we were late but we're very happy to make us anything I had the most fantastic tossed sandwich I have had for a long time made on homemade bread

1  Thank SylviaJamie
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review. It is really appreciated and we are so glad you enjoyed your meal.

Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

I pass thru Athol regularly and don't usually stop, and I don't eat pies generally as they frequently look great but don't meet expectations, but today I was hungry, stopped and got a steak and mushroom and it was delicious ! Tender meat, nice rich...More

1  Thank aliebeau
BeauBuck, Owner at The Brown Trout Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

Thank you so much!! Look forward to seeing you again : )

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff make this a great stopover on an otherwise empty route. We were camped down the road, so this place - with its wood burning stove & smiling locals - was a welcoming place for our evening meal. Prices not cheap - the tourist...More

1  Thank Wowzap
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We stopped by to have our brunch on our journey from Te Anau to Wanaka. Friendly owner, great food, great ice-cream, great set up of the cafe and even the toilet.

Thank DorothyCheong
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

On our trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound we stopped here for a cup of coffee. We saw all of the delicious meals being served to other customers and decided we had to stop here on our way back. We enjoyed a delicious french toast...More

Thank Sammi C
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We were looking for somewhere to stop for lunch en route from Queenstown to Invercargill & were thinking that we were not going to find anything when we nearly missed this amazing cafe at Athol. Had a job deciding what to order as everything looked...More

1  Thank JayannMarlborough
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

En route from Queenstown to Southland this is s great place to stop -coffee is really good & the best toasted ham & cheese on Ciabatta! Staff are also very helpful & friendly

1  Thank Merrilyn C
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Friendly owners and great food. Delightful patio area to sit and check out wifi. The coffe is great too.

2  Thank adaLincolnshire
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Stopped here for a lunch break on journey from Wanaka to Te Anau on a cold rainy day. Lovely minestrone soup and very welcome wood burner. Didn't want to leave.

2  Thank PaTh1422
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$6 - US$22
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1158 Athol-Garston Highway | Southland, Athol 9749, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Athol
  • Phone Number: +64 3-248 8847
Simple home made foods.
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