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The Woolshed Cafe

2861 State Highway 1, Sanson 4479, New Zealand
+64 6-329 3295
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“egg bene” (2 reviews)
“bacon burger” (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 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely family catch up today at the Woolshed. The place was packed when we arrived but staff had reserved us a nice room near the front where we has our large group. Meals were absolutely delicious and generous portions and we were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 393danielles
Alan P, Public Relations Manager at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Danielle, its all about friends and family, cheers.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a nice stop off but a bit on the steep side for average food. All glitz and glamor but no substance.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank majnz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A quick stop for lunch and what a good idea. A great team working there. A good selection of food and drinks. Highly recommended

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank BrendenM65
Alan P, Owner at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Great customer!

Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

This cafe is conveniently located on State Highway 1; just out of Sanson, so an easy stop for north or south bound travellers. Delightful rural location and plenty of parking. Lovely food, attentive service with a smile, and excellent coffee worth going back for a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jillimc
Alan P, Manager at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Thank you Jilli, most kind!

Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

We came in for breakfast and we were not disappointed. I had a Mexican rice salad which was in the cabinet. Very tasty and great serving size! My partner had eggs bene, it came out super quick. We were really pleased with the food and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank See-an-a-looney
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Having been here half a dozen or so times in the last year I have to say this place always does good food, has friendly service and the food is always delivered fast. Never had a bad meal or bad experience yet. Our go to...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Penny H
Alan P, Manager at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Cheers Penny, support of locals always appreciated, take care.

Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

I have a couple of pet hates ...one is getting served the coffee before the food. The other is food coming from the kitchen in a dribble. Why can’t cooks serve meals at the same time....some Asian meals can be shared and it’s ok .......More

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank Rodney T
Alan P, Owner at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Hi Rodney, addressing your question for any readers out there, very simply it's all about workload. When it gets too busy there will be timing issues with food/coffee arrival. Readers will note we have a lot of positive comment on our timeliness and we work...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018

Birthday lunch here. Food, service and presentation were all excellent. Staff were very good to deal with and we appreciated that staff were trained to walk around the stable to present your meal to you..

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jana_kiwi
Alan P, Owner at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thank you Jana, glad you had a nice day, cheers!

Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

We stopped in at The Woolshed Cafe on our way from Ohakune to Levin. There was enough space to park our campervan, probably because it was 2pm on a weekday and they close at 3pm. I doubt we would've been able to park there on...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Natalie E
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Great food, great coffee and great service. Quiches made on site. Tasty with a small salad. Bacon burger was yummy. Ozone coffee. They gave me some cream for my long black. We will definitely be stopping in again when we pass through!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jembury
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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, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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