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Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli

State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
+64 3-314 8834
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“lamb shank pie” (11 reviews)
“salad” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 167 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My family and I stopped in on our way north from Christchurch and had a great lunch. The sausage roll was delicious and so were the coffees. The only negative was the wait time for our food to be heated and made etc. It was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Twochilledoutkiwis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the coffee - but the service was very poor and the wait time far to long - either not enough waiting staff or process behind the counter is poor. Was also surprised at the pricing- more like city prices than the prices of similar...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank S7014CSmichaelh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another visit today to Pukeko Junction, and great cafe just 35 minutes north of Christchurch. A great place for lunch and excellent coffee - one of the best flat whites you'll find. The cabinet food is of high standard and offers an excellent choice. I...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank drcapill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hello Pukeko Junction, I'd like to offer a tidbit of feedback... if you leave a woman who's 8 months pregnant waiting 40 minutes for her lunch offer her some cake. It was sunday, I understand you're busy hence I waited so patiently for so long....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Cherrie F
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Turned up for a lunch with a group of friends. Carpark was reasonably busy, customers scattered at tables. Walking through to find the counter there was no real cohesion to the rooms with dimly lit corners. The coffee was surprisingly good. The lemon slice was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Guide827013
Reviewed 18 October 2018

I habe a 15year history of visiting this cafe with various owners However the emphasis has now started to change Prices are rising Paid 25$ for museli/granola and a hot chocolate the week Nice food but similar is available for much less elsewhere Visit before...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank David E
AnkitB861, General Manager at Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Hi David, Thank you for your feedback.Highly appreciated.Great to hear you like our food. Our policy is to use best possible ingridients so that we can deliver better quality product.In order to do that many times we have to buy ingredients at premium prices which...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018

Went to my old favourite place today SHOOK HORROR Man those prices have jumped so high I will never go back Husband had lamb shank pie no side salad thank you I said 11 dollars 50 Then I said I would have a garden salad...More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank DerekA510
AnkitB861, General Manager at Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Hi There,Thank you for your valuable feedback.We welcome all feedbacks as it helps us to rectify any issues if any.If you would had advised your thoughts at cafe it would had been much easier to sort it out.In this particular case we would like to...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

We went to Pukeko Junction Cafe because we had heard it had a new owner who had an establish reputation for quality food and service in Christchurch. Sadly, this turned out to be a less than ideal experience. Initially, we ordered some cabinet food and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank chef165
Reviewed 11 September 2018

My vehicle nows to pull off here whenever I pass. The cabinet is always a riot of colour and flavours. This time the salmon flan was looking perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My partner had the bacon & egg pie. I love the fireplace,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank PauleLec
Reviewed 31 August 2018

A little disappointed after reading the reviews. Came with a small group for lunch. Egg and bacon pie was very dry. Coffee was good. Staff pleasant. Orders came in random order. Okay but not fantastic.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank NZfour
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Response from Nigel T | Reviewed this property |
We've been dropping in to the Pukeko Junction on and off for fourteen years now. Sometimes our favourite dishes are sold out, so we try something else. But we drive hundreds of kms just to have their Chicken and Mushroom... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$14
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Leithfield
  • Phone Number: +64 3-314 8834
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The Peoples Choice winner in the NZ Cafe of the Year 2016 for the Canterbury Region, awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014, 2015, 2016 and featured in the Lonely Planet, Pukeko Junction Cafe & Deli is a must stop on your travels. The delicious food is all made in house, from the bread to the tarts, cakes, sauces and fresh salads. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with local free range eggs, their knock out seafood chowder or from the deli, a lamb shank pie or goats cheese tart with beetroot chutney. The baking selection features goodies such as apple, walnut & cinnamon rolls, rhubarb & walnut cake or lemon slice with a dollop of cream. Sip on expertly made hummingbird coffee or one of the local, Waipara wines by the log fire or outside with country views.
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