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The Woolshed Cafe

2861 State Highway 1, Sanson 4479, New Zealand
+64 6-329 3295
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (6 reviews)
“apple cake” (2 reviews)
“fish pie” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2861 State Highway 1, Sanson 4479, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

An interesting old barn, ample parking. Friendly service, a good selection of menu items, mostly made on the premises. Generous servings, realistic prices, everything consistently good. Worth the detour if you're passing this way.

Thank Anne D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went for a family meal with the grandparents and three kids (13, 6 and newborn). The kids love the milkshakes and hot chocolates here and I love that the fish bites on the kids menu are real fish - not constituted rubbish! Everyone enjoyed their...More

Thank Safokeda
Alan P, Owner at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Safokeda, Thank you for the very extensive and positive review! Yes we close the outside area quit often with our inclement weather, mainly due to the door being opened and closed near customers, however your kids are welcome to go for a run outside...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

had lunch from the menu, arrived quite quickly. Certainly met the description in the menu. Had asked for coffee first, as often cafes can take a while to cook meals, but came shortly after our food.

Thank suzandvo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rude staff who looked like they wanted to be somewhere else. Booked for 13 people but when we arrived the only table was set for 10, when we questioned if it was our table we were told "of course it is just add extra places"...More

Thank Bridget J
Alan P, Manager at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Bridget, Yes indeed your booking went quite wrong from the outset, for some reason when you changed your party size and arrival time it was not recorded hence the lack of chairs in the room. With regard to the timing of meals, as I...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here while traveling north. We selected food from the counter and cabinet, which all appeared to have been prepared on the premises. My wife had a fish pie and I had a salad ( three choices of beetroot, broccoli/cauli and chicken pasta....More

Thank bigtui
Alan P, Owner at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Cheers Tui, thank you so much, travel safe! Alan

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped at The Woolshed cafe on a recent road trip, really pleased we did stop here as it will become a regular stop for us. My son is a connoisseur of cheese scones, the ones here certainly were tasty. I had bacon and poached...More

Thank KeekoNZ
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Had egg Benedict with salmon was just right. However my lemon ginger tea was just a tea bag in a pot so it was like drinking hot water with no taste..for that I don't think 1 tea bag was worth it's value. Hubby had big...More

Thank Jenny H
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We stop here regularly for coffee when passing through, but this time stopped for lunch. They have a wide range of cabinet and menu food, and do great coffee. Good service, lots of parking, and an outside area they open in the summer months. Highly...More

Thank Rick M
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped for lunch with two 6 year olds, lovely spacious interior, excellent, fast service and good food.

Thank panelvan45
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Driving back to Auckland from Wellington, we were looking for a cafe for lunch and the Woolshed ticked all the boxes. Nice cabinet food as well as a good cooked menu.The service was friendly and prompt. If we are ever in the area again, would...More

Thank Lisa M
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Questions & Answers
20 September 2016|
Response from Alan P | Property representative |
Hi, yes. We have ashtrays on some of the outside tables, anywhere there is no roof is okay for smoking. Thank you Alan.
5 September 2016|
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Response from Alan P | Property representative |
Hi there, not a complete GF menu no, we have GF options on our main menu for around a third of the dishes and try to always have 2 GF options in the cabinet. Thank you for the enquiry and have a nice day.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 13
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2861 State Highway 1, Sanson 4479, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Sanson
  • Phone Number: +64 6-329 3295
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