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Governors Bay Hotel Restaurant

) #3 of 11 Restaurants in Lyttelton $$ - $$$ , ,
52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
+64 3-329 9433
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Overview
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“steak” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, International, European, Contemporary, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 174 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a beautiful lunch on the front deck. Food was excellent with just the right amount. Staff were friendly. Warm inside with fire going. Is way above standard pub type meals we will be going back for dinner sooner rather than later.

Thank MarkP565
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The GB Hotel has been around for a long time and enjoys a commanding position at the head of Lyttelton Harbour with excellent views east to the harbour Heads. A short 20 minute drive over the Port Hills from Christchurch will get you to Governors...More

Thank Old V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pub was warm and welcoming with amazing food. The rooms upstairs were super clean and comfortable. Close to the bay and far enough out of town to have a country feel.

Thank Karen A
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Dropped in for Sunday lunch to friendly enough staff and nice location. Fishcakes were stodgy and unseasoned, 'brick-like' was how my daughter described them. Combined with a 'slaw' that was of questionable age was made the meal almost inedible - unacceptable at $24. Husband had...More

3  Thank FreedomFamily4
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Considerate and careful staff. Called us ahead of time to alert us to the fact that the direct route was closed. After arriving you were left alone and it was a lovely feeling to just enjoy the facility. We were a bit...More

Thank Margaret O
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The meals were enjoyable and the staff were pleasant and helpful. Friendly service and amazing views to enjoy while you eat. Great setting and beautiful old building full of character. The hotel itself is beautifully restored from the devastating earthquakes and has been in operation...More

Thank piotrekj81
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We stopped here for lunch on our way from Akaroa to Christchurch. It was a beautiful day so we ate at an outside table and enjoyed the sun and the view. The meals were enjoyable and the staff were pleasant and helpful.

Thank xtine2015
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Hi Christine, So glad you enjoyed your lunch with us on your trip back from Akaroa. We very much appreciate your input to the trip adviser forum and hope we can host you again one day. Kind regards and many happy travels, Jeremy

Reviewed 23 April 2017

We had family over from the UK for the last couple of weeks and a highlight was going to be having a meal at the Governors Bay hotel, unfortunately it turned out to be the worst dining experience of the trip and what I have...More

1  Thank bertyApril2017
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Dear Ian, Yes, there are days when we'd rather our staff deal with the customers grievances. Yesterday was much like that, a beautiful day, 200 hundred meals for lunch and we found out that we had to put our much loved dog down in the...More

Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Excellent well cooked meal, catered beautifully for our large group including vegetarians and vegans, great choice including the most beautiful dairy free desserts!!! Friendly service and amazing views to enjoy while you eat.More

Thank lizarossie
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Dear Liza, Thank you so much for your contribution. It would appear people either love us or hate us at the moment and we're really scratching our heads. Anyway, it is lovely to hear your feedback as we always try our best. Kind regards and...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and myself had one of our worst experiences dining at this restaurant. Rather than typing a long review on what happened I will just summarise. Long waits, rude staff, bad food and terrible service.

1  Thank Des H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Cuisine
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, International, European, Contemporary, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Lyttelton
  • Phone Number: +64 3-329 9433
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Description
Governors Bay Hotel is an historic 1870s hotel with stunning views over Lyttelton Harbour. Located just 20 minutes drive from central Christchurch via Dyers Pass Road. Gastro-pub fare at reasonable prices from the garden, bar or restaurant. Recommended in the Lonely Planet and 2012/13/14 winner in the Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards. Juke box, pin ball and pool table but definitely no pokies. Stay the night from $119.00 Per couple.
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