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Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

Good play area for kids. Glad to see their closing time has been updated to 4pm. We arrived with a group of families this afternoon, anticipating the cafe would be open until 4:30 (per their details posted online). Having set up near the play area,...which was great for the kids, we were told at 3:50pm that we needed to leave as the cafe was closing. This was unfortunately delivered in a very aggressive and rude manner…which wasn’t necessary. What was also unfortunate, was some members of our group had only just received their coffee’s and cakes, so these had to be “guzzled”. We tidied up the kids area and left, and when I tried to speak to the wait staff about this after our group had left, was pretty much told it wasn’t their problem. A disappointing experience as previously it’s been a good spot for a meal or coffee, but with so many other options in the area now, we will be unlikely to return in a hurry.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 26 October 2020

Previous visits at this cafe have been hit and miss. Most recent about 12-18mo ago had good food but poor service. I understand there are new owners now.. Service was good today but the portions were small and not good value for money. The meals...were nothing special either - just "fine".More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 4 October 2020

I used to come here frequently after I had a really yummy plant-based brekkie here a few months ago. Today I visited with my mum and husband, and when hubby and I requested the plant-based brekkie they said it wasn't on offer any more. We...asked if there was anything we could order, and they said no. We had to go elsewhere. I NEVER write "terrible" reviews but the fact that a cafe in a literal plant/produce store couldn't offer even one plant-based option had me really miffed. Vegetarian / plant-based diets are increasing in popularity, yet literally everything on today's menu had meat in it. I guess we aren't welcome to eat here, and I'm really disappointed.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 17 November 2019 via mobile

Lovely place for having breakfast on a weekend morning. Hospitality is good. The menu offers quite all the typical options for a breakfast meal.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 5 November 2019

We have been here several times over the last few years, and this cafe has had its ups and downs with some visits being positive and others very negative, which seemed due to change in chefs and ownership. They seem to have done away with...the previous obnoxious manager and staff who looked down their nose at you when serving with the most inappropriate clothing. We decided to give it another go as we had heard some good reviews, so our recent visit at the weekend was very pleasant with staff that seemed to want to serve you and clothing appropriate to a cafe environment. They had very nice looking cabinet food and the mixed grill we chose to share was very appealing. We will definitely give it a return visit.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

Met up with some friends and was enjoyable place with lots of room and service good. Food did the job too. Was hard to find from the roadside as the cafe wasn’t well sign posted.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 29 July 2019

We stopped in for a light meal and drink, lovely relaxing environment with all the plants, staff were lovely, food was great, kids loved the play area, animals and trampoline

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 7 July 2019

This cafe is in the Kings Plant Barn premises. It has interesting features such as caged budgies, small animals area for kids and a sulphur-crested cockatoo. The cafe is very big with lots of tables and staff who are very fast taking orders and delivering...food and beverages. Prices are very good and food is really nice. Cafe looks over the expansive growing area. We understand from a staff member that the business has new owners - a Maori trust - whose management are very nice to work for and who have plans to make this an even better place to visit.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 30 June 2019 via mobile

Popped in for a quick breakfast before going to watch netball. It's 9 degrees celcius and there is no inside. People are sitting out in the cold for their Sunday breakfast... Sometimes I don't get my fellow kiwis. What's nice about shivering over your food...which is no doubt almost instantly cold. Looks like a nice place for a summer day though. Just not when it's 9 degrees...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 9 June 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed my brunch here, and will be back. The staff were friendly, great value for money and quick service, plus the food was delicious. 10/10 from me, great to have a rustic local cafe with good food. I had an omelette with salmon, cream...cheese and capers that was very generous and my friend had eggs benny bacon which also looked yum.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Friend of the Farmer Café is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3