I was part of a group of 20 friends who took the ferry from Auckland to have lunch at the famous Riverhead Tavern. We had booked 2 tables from 11.30 to 2.00 to give plenty of time for a large group to be fed without rushing. Unfortunately, through no fault of the restaurant, things didn't turn out as we had planned.
Firstly the ferry left Auckland nearly half an hour late and this would not have been a problem, had the skipper not announced as we arrived that the ferry would be leaving at 1pm rather than 2pm. We told the restaurant staff who were very helpful, sat us down and took our orders quickly. The food we ordered was very good in variety and with large (sometimes too large) portions. Because of the limited time, we were not able to order coffee or desserts, although when we got back to the ferry we were told that the sailing time was now 2pm so we trooped back up to the restaurant for more lunch. They made excellent coffee and several of us had very good affogatos.
It is a pity that lunch was a bit of a hassle through no fault of the restaurant, as the food was good and the serving staff were great, organising our meals in a rush. Maybe at some time in the future we'll go back and have a real leisurely lunch.
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