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The Old Mill Cafe

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New Zealand, Cafe, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
+64 7-864 9390
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good coffee, but the experience this time wasn't the greatest. Tables were left overflowing with dishes, I appreciate when things are busy but it made the place feel chaotic. First rule of waitressing if you take out a coffee, never go back to the kitchen empty handed... I had eggs Florentine with salmon, the hollandaise was split and hardly any... More 

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Thank goldfinch42
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super nice location on the harbour with nice atmosphere and excellent food. Good choice in wines! And a great live music !

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Thank Ian D
Perth, Australia
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170 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

After a few days in Tairua we wanted to share a breakfast with friends and spied this cafe when we launched the boat for our fishing trip. We came back the next morning at 8am to enjoy a breakfast before leaving town. We were not disappointed. The coffees were great as were the cooked meals from eggs benedict to the... More 

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Thank TrialRun
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Being used to the high quality cafes in Sydney I was very impressed with the quality of food and service which we did not expect of a small costal town. The staff were warm and happily accommodated our food requests. They had lots of gluten free options. The food was free range/locally sourced as well. Good ambience and location by... More 

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Thank alexfW6111UJ
Gold Coast
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287 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Pleasant cafe with some nice products for sale in the deli section. Portions were fairly small however there was a good range of options to tempt us. Unfortunately they were out of the Thai Prawn Curry signature dish when we arrived about midday. The pork belly was very good. Coffee was very nice. Service was good.

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Thank JHJHGC
Durham
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Wonderful food in this waterside cafe. Beautiful breakfasts, freshly baked cake and and muffins, spectacular cabinet food plus daily specials menu. Good coffee too. Inside or outdoor seating. Opening hours vary according to season 8am-4pm...fewer days out of season.the staff here are always cheerful and helpful. I've never had anything less than a good meal here. Owner makes all the... More 

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Thank Judy O
Whangarei, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely location and view, excellent service and the food was wonderful. Great coffee too. Wish I'd had room for the chocolate tart in the cabinet, which looked amazing!

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Thank 2015FamilyK
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

another awesome coffee with friends. a place not to be missed when we visit Tairua. Great food. Friendly service. great ambience

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Thank PeterTAmtg
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

... but interestingly I've never been there for lunch. We've lost count of how many brunches we've had there, and also got the odd snack from the counter. My husband, 18 month old and I met up with friends yesterday and the menu had just switched to lunch. Like everything on offer at Old Mill, it was absolutely scrumptious! You... More 

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Thank small_greenfield
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

I've been here many times now as I know it's a good spot for breakfast and lunch. Great food. Great service. Family friendly. Great spot. Perfect...... see you again

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Thank Brad G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$23
Cuisine
New Zealand, Cafe, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 18:00
Monday
08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 18:00
Thursday
08:00 - 18:00
Friday
08:00 - 18:00
Saturday
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-864 9390
Description
A comfortable two-hour drive from Auckland City, The Old Mill Cafe resides opposite Tairua Marina overlooking picturesque Tairua Harbour. Nestled quietly at the base of Paku Hill. Great spot to come for fabulous breakfasts made with free-range eggs and free farmed bacon. A wide variety of options for lunch ranging from Fresh Coromandel Mussels to freshly caught fish and chips and epic beef pies for the meat lovers out there. We use fresh produce and focus on fresh seafood but we cater to all diets including Gluten free, Vegetarian and Vegan. We have a wide range of yummy cakes, quiches and pies to accompany your coffee by Allpress. And cocktails & platters are available from 3pm to 6pm just in time for sunset over Tairua Harbour. And to finish off try a Kapiti ice cream served in a cone. Our menu is seasonal. We are fully licensed and carry a discerning range of local, NZ and overseas wines, beers and ciders. Make sure you check out our international deli and fresh french artisan breads. Every Sunday we have live music!

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