Cafes and Restaurants
Where to eat
Marlborough has a great selection of cafes and restaurants. Our reccommendations would depend on the time of day, the type of meal and the price you are willing to pay as to what I would recommend. Here are some of our Blenheim favourites:
Blenheim is blessed with barristas. Here are our top tips for a great coffee:
- Ritual café – These guys roast their own coffee and know just what to do with it. Its retro decor, great food and friendly service make it a very popular spot.
- CPR – This hole-in-the-wall café on Wynen St fronts Blenheim’s largest coffee roastery. In the mornings it's packed with locals queuing to get their fix before work.
- BV Gourmet – With consistently good coffee and delicious baking, this café/deli on the main roundabout on SH1 is a favourite with locals.
- 23 Grove Road Coffee House – Choose the bean for your brew at this cafe opposite the Blenheim I-site.
- Figaro’s – one of Blenheim’s oldest coffee spots and still going strong, Figaro's is situated in the centre of town on Scott St.
- Café Home – good strong coffee in a central location.
Fuel up for your ride at one of our two favourite breakfast spots:
- Figaro’s – Try the Figaro’s breakfast, with scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms and pan fried chorizo or one of the other delectable daily specials.
- Ritual – The Huevos Rancheros are delicious, as are the Greens on Toast.
Many of the coffee spots listed above do a good lunch, but you really need to visit at least one of our winery restaurants. Our regulars are:
- Wairau River Winery – Based out on the corner of Rapaura Rd and SH6 this family-run winery restaurant is a favourite with the locals, who generally recommend everything on the menu. An enduring speciality (with more than 10 years on the menu) is the Blue Cheese Soufflé matched with a great glass of Wairau River wine.
- Rockferry Winery – Based on Hammerichs Rd, this small organic winery has a stunning restaurant that opens for lunch. It's not a big place and is popular, so it pays to book.
- Brancott Heritage Centre – this opened in 2011 and has the best views in the valley. This stunning architecturally designed building is situated on a ridge line above the vines and has a totally glass frontage that looks out across the valley. The food is great – fresh and flavoursome.
- Wither Hills Winery – Another of Marlborough’s stunning winery buildings, the Wither Hills winery is situated only a couple of kilometres from central Blenheim. It has lovely indoor-outdoor flow with an elegant restaurant and sheltered courtyard. The menu is always mouth-watering and it’s a great place to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon.
- Allan Scott Winery – You'll find another of Marlborough’s iconic lunch spots on Jackson’s Rd. The restaurant has a lovely garden courtyard, which makes for great summer dining.
Central Blenheim has a range of tasty Indian, Thai and Chinese restaurants, and a section of bars where you can get a meal. A few of our restaurant recommendations are:
- Herzog Restaurant and Bistro – This award winning restaurant is situated on Jefferies road about 12km out of town, and is well worth a visit. It has a national reputation for its wine matched degustation style dinner and Explore Marlborough guests who dine there invariably rave about it. For a more casual dinner try their bistro. If it is still light and a warm night then sit in the beautiful garden, which looks across the vines and out to the mountains. It is romance plus!
- D’Urville Hotel – In a beautiful old bank building in Central Blenheim, D'Urville is walking distance from much of the local accommodation.
- Gibb's Vineyard Restaurant – Another lovely spot with both indoor and outdoor dining options. Enjoy the more formal restaurant, or dine on delicious tapas in the elegant bar area. The wine and food here are a great showcase of Marlborough.
If you're in Marlborough, there's a good chance you have been wine touring and simply want a refreshing beer at the end of the day. If so, head out of town to the Grovetown Pub for an authentic kiwi experience, sampling locally brewed Renaissance craft beer.
Scotch Bar in central Blenheim has an excellent range of Marlborough and old world wines, along with locally brewed craft beer. There's also a substantial cocktail list, and tapas to enjoy with your drink.