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Travellers' Choice2023
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$5 - $28
CUISINES
European, New Zealand, Bar, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews fries sticky date pudding steak seafood chowder doubtful sound upstairs area te anau very special place decent food prices are reasonable fantastic atmosphere pub food tuesday night blue cod mezzanine floor great meal booked a table
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The three of us (one vegetarian) were in Manapouri for 3 nights and had dinner at The Church every night. Delicious food without exception and very good wine, all at a reasonable price. Wonderful staff too, especially Rashanna and Flynn. It set the bar very...high for the rest of our stay in New Zealand.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly welcome, nice decor, good quality food and drinks, loved it. Good prices, happy to recommend this restaurant and bar.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024 via mobile

What a great little place , we came here Thursday night, nothing was too much trouble for the staff behind the bar. There appeared to be locals drinking here which is a great sign for a bar/ restaurant, the staff obviously knew the locals and...were well aware of what they drunk and had there drinks in front of them right away, while still looking after the tourists. If you don't have a booking the staff will find something for you , maybe at the end of a leaner with some other tourists which is fine. Get in early and book a table.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 February 2024

Don’t t recommend this place. Disinterested, lackadaisical staff who really can’t be bothered but will do you a favour serving you. Except they won’t, if you want to eat. Often half the menu is unavailable - right now there’s no menu, just a few snacks....The female server seemed to take real satisfaction saying so. Look, Te Anau is just 20km down the road with a great selection of pubs and eateries, why would you stop here?More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 21 February 2024

Excellent food in an enjoyable surrounding. We liked it so much, we ate dinner here every night during our stay in Manapouri. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and made our visit special. Loved it here!!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 February 2024

A good pub/restaurant just over the road from the B&B we were staying in. Decent food, good beers and wine, lively atmosphere and friendly staff. Recommended if you’re in the area.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 February 2024

Our favorite go to,have been with friends, and just on our own. Run a courtesy coach too. Relaxed atmosphere very friendly patrons.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 25 January 2024 via mobile

Stopper in for lunch and had the blue cod meal with salad and fries. The fish was very tastyand the batter was perfect. Would recommend

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 23 January 2024 via mobile

When we arrived we were advised that our meal would take 45 minutes to an hour, we accepted this and ordered quickly. It arrived pretty much exactly within the time stated and my steak was delicious and cooked to perfection, served with a very tasty...slaw. My husband had a very good pan fried piece of fish. Thanks for being honest about the length of wait to expect and sorry some people still give you a hard time!! Also thanks for the quick lift in the rain!!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024

We stopped for lunch at this lovely bar and restaurant. Quaint, unusual, very friendly, and good pub grub, thoroughly recommend. The little second hand shop next door is a walk down memory lane.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 December 2023

We had a real great time at the Church. The owner and crew were doing an extraordinary job with so many people to be fed. It was very busy and this is clear because the Church is an exceptional place. The little dog is a...cutie - everyone wants to take her in the arm. The Church you must visit when you are in Manapouri (and do not confuse it with the buliding on the right side of the church !, where you can also have a bite and drink).More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 December 2023 via mobile

This is a nice setup in an old Church. It is a vintage setting. The staffs are excellent and food is nice. The ambience and surroundings of the restaurant are superb. The Crusies just leave close by from the restaurant

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023 via mobile

This is the only place in Manapouri selling meals. The food was ok after a day of travel - lots of deep fried food on the menu - the schnitzel I had was really really overcooked! But the place hasn’t had a decent clean in...a while eg the beautiful old stair case is grubby and the armchairs by the old window are torn and smelt musty. We had a much better meal another night in Te Anau 20 mins down the road.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Awsome spot .... my meal was ok .. pub food ... my partners chicken burger was totally crap ... service was crap.. pretty much had food thrown on table by some smelly young man

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023

Excellent meal and service. Staff helpful regarding dietary requirements. Best sticky date pudding.

Date of visit: August 2023
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The church was built in 1885 and was once a Presbyterian Church and is now a popular restaurant at the beautiful Lake manapouri
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The Church - Manapouri is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5