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Forester's Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, European
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7090 State Highway 6, Rai Valley, New Zealand
+64 3-571 6070
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Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe is just over an hour from the Picton Ferry and about three quarters of an hour from Nelson. It is set in a tranquil grassy, treed setting and the food is very good. Whole place is scrupulously clean, food well presented, and they serve a roast dinner with 'old-fashioned puddings' on a Sunday. Sounds very good but we... More 

Thank Louise B
Blenheim, New Zealand
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We called into this cafe while driving home from Nelson & were a bit disappointed with the limited range of meals available. They were more suited to evening dining with not much selection for a light lunch. The meals were very 'old school' in presentation & my quiche was just heated in a microwave & was a little soggy on... More 

Thank 61Foodie61
Blenheim, New Zealand
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273 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We stopped in today, a rainy stormy afternoon, they had a very welcoming log fire going and some rather nice classical music playing - very atmospheric! the counter food looks and tastes very nice. Homemade pastry was the base for my custard tart and it was beautifully presented. The service was lovely and the outlook just stunning setting in amongst... More 

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81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

We have driven by this spot countless times on trips between Nelson and Blenheim, so decided to drop inn for a coffee stop on the way to the ferry in Picton. What a pleasant surprise! Service was excellent from a very nice couple, coffee was excellent, and food great as well. I understand that this spot was a former forestry... More 

Thank Doublenaff
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

This is a good place to break a journey and enjoy a restful drink and snack. It is clean and tidy. The menu is varied and there is a range of cabinet foods available. Good parking and friendly staff.

Thank jen h
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

Having stopped here for lunches on previous occasions we decided to call in for a coffee on our way home from Nelson We were met with a friendly greeting and then ordered our coffees and decided to share a freshly baked scone with jam and cream. This was absolutely delicious, light and fluffy just like a good scone should be.... More 

Thank JayannMarlborough
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

I led a group of 33 from Stoke Social Seniors, Nelson to lunch at the Foresters today. The roast lamb and vegetables followed by the fruit crumble and ice cream was delicious. The hospitality and friendliness of the owners was top class. I would highly recommend.

Thank LilyR
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Located in a park-like setting with an abundance of trees is a delight. The complex has some motels, a conference facility and a very warm sunny restaurant with friendly & obliging staff. The menu tends toward an English theme. Why not? the operators are from Yorkshire a similarly delightful part of the UK. So enjoying nicely prepared meats or fish... More 

Thank Bob and Di H
Stavanger, Norway
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

My wife and I had breakfast and lunch two times and breakfast once in Forester's Café, in July-August 2015. Good food, very friendly staff.

Thank Knut Kristian M
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122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

We visited here with a large group that was pre-booked. The cafe was overwhelmingly warm when we arrived, which in some respects was good as there was a very cold wind outside, but we were quick to open an outside door once we sat as the room was too stuffy. The service was pretty slow and I was mortified to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7090 State Highway 6, Rai Valley, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Rai Valley
  • Phone Number: +64 3-571 6070

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?