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$7 - $14
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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 15 January 2024 via mobile

This place is good, mainly for the atmosphere but they’re also fairly nice just a tad expensive for what you get. My partner loved his steak and pepper pie but it did set him back 11 dollars. His iced americano was not far off that....But it was lovely to sit there and chat because it had good seating and ambience to prevent sound travel.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 May 2023

We went to the Somerset Grocer for Mothers Day. Unfortunately my elderly mother chose the waffles only to find they had run out. We ordered Smashed Avocado for 3 people. We found the meals very small for the value. Mainly smothered in spinach, with a...small amount of feta and a couple of tomatoes, 1 small slice of bread cut in half and some advo. We added eggs and bacon accordingly at an extra cost. Value for money, not great compared to a lot of other cafe's we have ordered similar. More bread to soak up the eggs would have been better. The service was friendly, however we had to wait a while for our meals possibly due to the busyness of Mother's Day. Maybe they needed more staff rostered on for a special occasion day.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 10 February 2023 via mobile

Wonderfully set up, clean and friendly cafe with good quality food and drinks. A nice place to stop when passing by Ashburton

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 24 January 2023 via mobile

Amazing cafe loved the food and the ladies behind the counter were most helpful bought a lovely box of miniature jams for my father-n-law in Auckland he enjoyed them very much highly recommended for its ambience and food - well done

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 23 December 2022

We go regularly to the Somerset Grocer. Always good coffee and cabinet food and their Eggs Florentine is delicious. Love looking at the shelves stocked full of yummy stuff :)

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 16 June 2021

I ordered Hot Chocolate and it was cold. I messaged Somerset Grocer immediately, the responds I got was the staff checked the thermometer before serving me. Very Disappointed!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 15 May 2021 via mobile

Third visit here & it is always great! Appreciated the waitress came to check how our meals were. Love all the food items on the shelves to purchase too.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 29 April 2021

Perfect if you or your friends are vegetarian. A very good range of food and the coffee is hard to fault.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 25 March 2021 via mobile

Awesome food choices. Was so impressed with the amount of gluten free options for both savoury and sweet. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 24 February 2021

Good selection of food and great coffee as always, but poor young lass new to the job was pretty nervous. Took the coffee cup away before it was finished, and forgot our cutlery and serviettes as well. Hopefully she will be all trained up by...our next visit.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 20 January 2021 via mobile

The Vege Stack totally stacked up to all expectations along with great coffee and great staff. Highly recommend you stop in here for a relaxed break in this ambient and warm atmosphere and also a browse of their great variety of deli and other food...products for sale.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 27 December 2020 via mobile

Busy spot on Ashburton. Great atmosphere and good coffee. Food looked enticing but we were only there for coffee stop

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 15 November 2020 via mobile

My second visit here & will return again. Good variety of food, very friendly service. Really appreciated the cheap milkshakes at $4.50.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 25 October 2020 via mobile

Stumbled across this great cafe on the way to Tekapo. The steak pie was incredible and salmon Roulade to die for! Great coffee too. Would recommend placing a billboard on the footpath of the main street to attract more tourists.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 5 August 2020 via mobile

First time going here after a recommendation from a friend & WOW!! So many delicious choices even for super fussy me. Fabulous gift ideas with their salts, sauces etc. Very funky & modern cafe. Will definitely return!

Date of visit: August 2020
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THE SOMERSET GROCER CAFE AND BAR, Ashburton - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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The Somerset Grocer Cafe and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5