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“Fantastic service and great food”

Duke of Marlborough
Ranked #3 of 28 Restaurants in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$36
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Located right on the waterfront in Russell. Serving up delectable delights for lunch and dinner the Duke of Marlborough Restaurant is at the heart of this historical hotel. The menu showcases locally sourced seasonal produce, presenting a new take on classic favourites. Dine inside, on the terrace or in the garden.
Reviewed 12 May 2018

We had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant, the staff are fantastic, they were all friendly and attentive they are a credit to the hotel. The food and wine were excellent too.

Thank Joyjoy57
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Loved the old interior of this restaurant. Good selection of dishes and prompt service. We noticed a lot of waitresses “milling” around with nothing to do and felt a bit rushed to order and got asked 3 times how our meal was. Only negative though. Will defiantly return.

Thank LoveTravel298296
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

We were staying at the hotel for 3 nights and had reserved a table for dinner on our first night. The restaurant was bedlam with a constant procession of trained and untrained waiting staff coming in and out carrying chairs, taking chairs out, and generally not paying enough attention to any one table. I ordered the Tuna which appeared looking less than fresh, and tasting of having been seared in very old frying oil. The accompanying vegetables were cold and the whole dish was a massive disappointment. Being so close to the sea we though we would be on safe ground chosing fish...how wrong we were. My wife ordered the ‘premium’ fish and chips, which in this case was Snapper. This was ok, but the chips had the same taste of old frying oil. Not what you would expect from a hotel that pitched itself as the best in town. We ensured we ate outside of the hotel for the rest of our stay and found a much better place, with far better food, and more attentive and friendly staff, just 3 minutes walk along the waterfront. That place was called The Gables.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Liked the atmosphere (old British colonial style) with excellent food and great wines. Nice services, not to formal.

Thank Jadoei
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

What started off as a lovely family get together on the verandah turned into a disappointing evening that we had all been looking forward too. Its started with the waiter asking if we wanted sparking or still water, so we said still thinking it was tap water. We did not realise that we were going to be charged $18 at the end of the evening for 2 bottles of water. We have restaurants/cafes in Tauranga that have their own carbonated water that you don't have to pay for and wait staff should say "or tap water" when they offer water so people are aware they are going to be charged. We placed our food order and the entrees we shared being the bread, parfait & calamari we enjoyed but thats where it stopped. Three of us at the table ordered the Hapuka for our mains and when they were served the waiter said "monkfish". We instantly thought she had made a mistake so we said "sorry, we ordered the hapuka" then she went on to explain that there was no hapuka. Unfortunately there was obviously a lack of communication between the kitchen and waitstaff as the three of us said we never would have ordered the monkfish had we of known. The fish dish was very average and when I asked my husband how his eye fillet was he said it was ok. We decided not to order dessert as only one of us out of 8 enjoyed their main so we decided to go back to Kerikeri and have dessert at one of the restaurants there instead. Such a pity as the building and location is beautiful.

Thank melmikenz
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