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Governors Bay Hotel

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52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
+64 3-329 9433
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Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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CUISINES
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, International, European, Contemporary, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At the end of a days driving tour we stopped in for supper on a whim and were very glad we did. I enjoyed the pork fillet with Waldorf salad and my wife liked stuffed chicken breast with kumara (a type of local potatoe). The...More

Thank aclarke1956
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear AClarke, So glad your whim lead you to us. It was a pleasure to serve you and I'm very glad you enjoyed your meals. Many happy travels, Kind regards, Jeremy

Reviewed 9 October 2017

I planned a walk and afternoon drinks and nibbles at the Governors bay pub for my 40th celebration, followed by a stay in the King suite. The team made catering for a group easy with a handy selection of platters which was a delicious and...More

Thank jo1977day
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jo, It was our pleasure to host you and your family and friends on such an auspicious occasion. Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on this forum and we hope to see you for your 50th (or maybe before) Kind regards, Jeremy

Reviewed 25 September 2017

Second time staying here - such a perfect little place. Views are incredible, service top quality and just brilliant value for money. Rooms are clean, modern and stylish - feels a bit like a spa. And if the only thing holding you back from booking...More

Thank Anna B
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Anna, Thank you very much for your kind review and seeing the positives in our shortcomings. Hopefully we'll see you back here for a third trip in the not to distant future, Kind regards and happy travels, Jeremy

Reviewed 23 September 2017

I had the stuffed chicken breast and hubby had the lamb. Both meals were wonderful. good size, decent price

Thank Renee W
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Renee, So pleased you enjoyed your meals and time with us. Thank you very much for your contribution to this forum and hopefully we will see you again soon, Kind regards, Jeremy

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Well we'd given up hope for lunch on a a Monday & thought we'd have to drive back to Christchurch then we spotted this Gorgeous Old Pub on the bend overlooking Governors Bay; pulled in & were over the moon to find they had lunch...More

Thank Lynda M
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Lynda, My wife did enjoy chatting with you and we're both glad you found us. Generally we only use Gurnard in our Fish and Chips, which maybe a little more expensive but we feel is the best and locally sourced fish for this dish....More

Reviewed 29 August 2017

We pre-booked which meant we got a table outside on a perfect sunny Sunday lunchtime. Small'ish menu, but something for everyone. Definitely recommend the corn cakes (off the bar menu, but can order as a main).More

1  Thank Robyn P
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Robyn, Thank you very much for your contribution and we're very glad you could enjoy your meals and the view outdoors in August (I can't remember too many sunny Sundays over winter). Those corncakes! So simple but boy we get some praise for them....More

Reviewed 6 August 2017

You wont regret sitting at this place with the amazing view and equally amazing food and friendly staff

Thank milinpaul
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Milanpaul, Cheers, it is a pretty decent view isn't it and glad you enjoyed your meals with us too. Thank you. Kind regards, Jeremy

Reviewed 17 July 2017

We stayed at the Governors Bay Hotel for one night. The dinner was excellent with good quality ingredients and good service. Friendly staff and the room was fine. Will stay again in future.

Thank JohnP1969
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear John, We'd love to host you again, so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you. Kind regards and happy travels, Jeremy

Reviewed 13 July 2017

Stopped here for lunch on our way through to Christchurch, had an excellent lunch over looking beautiful views - just perfect, thank you so much.

Thank Chad S
Jeremy D, Manager at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Chad, Perfect is good for me, thank you so much for your contribution and we're very glad you enjoyed your time with us, Kind regards and happy travels, Jeremy

Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We had a beautiful lunch on the front deck. Food was excellent with just the right amount. Staff were friendly. Warm inside with fire going. Is way above standard pub type meals we will be going back for dinner sooner rather than later.More

Thank MarkP565
Jeremy D, Owner at Governors Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Dear Mark, Very glad you enjoyed your day out with us and thank you for your review. Amazing when you get that odd winter's day when you can indeed lunch on the deck and warm up a bit later in front of an open fire....More

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 20
Cuisine
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, International, European, Contemporary, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Main Road | Lyttelton, Lyttelton 8971, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Lyttelton
  • Phone Number: +64 3-329 9433
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Description
Governors Bay Hotel is an historic 1870s hotel with stunning views over Lyttelton Harbour. Located just 20 minutes drive from central Christchurch via Dyers Pass Road. Gastro-pub fare at reasonable prices from the garden, bar or restaurant. Recommended in the Lonely Planet and 2012/13/14 winner in the Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards. Juke box, pin ball and pool table but definitely no pokies. Stay the night from $119.00 Per couple.
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