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The Clinker Cafe

Beechnest Drive, Saint Arnaud 7053, New Zealand
+64 3-521 1040
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“meat platter” (3 reviews)
“flatbread” (2 reviews)
“beans” (3 reviews)
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European, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Beechnest Drive, Saint Arnaud 7053, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This Cafe was normally closed on a Sunday night but due to our family needing a place to eat, there were 20 of us, 8 kids and 12 adults they offered to open for us. Amazing in such a little ski village to do this....More

Thank 4252loulou
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stopped for a late lunch driving from Picton to the West Coast. What a find - excellent food, great service and beautiful location. Even the homemade bread was exceptional - lovely beetroot and walnut bread to accompany the guacamole. We'll be back!!

Thank JillHat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even when you are in a hurray and stopping for a quick take away snack the service and food are first class - got to be one of the best selections of food in area. Its the place we always stop at when in St...More

Thank Brynkoru
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for a coffee and lunch on way from Blenheim to Westport. Amazing cafe with all home made food. BLT was one of the best I've ever had. Must visit when passing through and then take a look at Lake Rotoiti for stunning views

Thank Slawsonblundell
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We asked in town where we could get coffee. We were directed to The Clinker where we indulged in coffee and pastries. We are home in the US and my husband still talks about the fudge, mascarpone, shredded apple, sponge cake pastry he ordered! Our...More

Thank Carolyn C
Reviewed 30 June 2017

We were on a long journey driving from Picton to Christchurch, not our first choice of travel but all the flights from Wellington had been cancelled due to fog. We stopped at the Clinker Cafe for a much needed rest and because Lake Rotoiti &...More

Thank abnil
Angelina S, Owner at The Clinker Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

Hi Abnil, thank you for your review. I’m responding to apologise for your unfortunate experience with us, and also that you were forced to drive through our gorgeous country rather than flying over it. I was hoping you would be able to let me know...More

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

I am the first to admit that I can tend to have pre conceived views of little town cafes but I think small town NZ has certainly come of age & gone are the days of lamingtons & sausage rolls! We have experienced some very...More

Thank taurustravellers
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Well its hard to find a decent meal in the back blocks, well this is one of them. Well cooked and full of complintery flavour. If your on highway 63 you must stop in. Well priced great service and great food.

Thank comm-traveler
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Called in here for lunch on our way to Picton. Pleasantly surprised. Very nicely set up. can imagine it would be really cool in the snowy winter. Menu had options for a big feed or smaller which we chose. I had the soup, cauliflower and...More

Thank Karin C
Reviewed 15 May 2017

The food and drinks selections were appropriate and service good although a little intrusive. The food and drinks selections were very well presented, although the food tasted a little less impressive (ie less tasty) than it's visual appearance.More

Thank JohnandTracy_L
Angelina S, Owner at The Clinker Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Hi John and Tracy Thank you for your review - we always appreciate feedback on our operation. We are very keen to know a little more information about your experience - it is important to us that our food tastes as good as it looks,...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 23
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 19:30
09:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beechnest Drive, Saint Arnaud 7053, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Saint Arnaud
  • Phone Number: +64 3-521 1040
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Here at Clinker Café we believe in making everything ourselves - from the bacon right down to the pesto. We know exactly what has gone into every element of a dish. There are no packets in our pantry, no ready made product, no frozen meals. Every dish has been created from the heart and soul, flavours born to be together mingle in peace and harmony. Our food is not fast food. It is vibrant, healthy, simple food done well, and takes time to prepare. We believe eating out should be an experience, food should look amazing, smell amazing and taste amazing. Good food, like great cheese, should not be rushed - anticipation is part of the fun...
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