Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11am- until late
Friday – Sunday: 10:00 am until late
- Disabled Access
- Alfresco Dining
- Free parking
- Corporate Events
- Group Bookings & Set Menus Available
- Private Functions
About Game Keepers
Our onsite restaurant ‘The Game Keepers Restaurant and Bar’ offers acclaimed New Zealand cuisine with friendly and attentive service in a beautiful historical setting. With a unique atmosphere, courtyard and garden area including both indoor and outdoor fires, it truly is a sight to behold.
Whether it’s for an intimate dinner for two or a larger function, The Game Keepers Restaurant can cater to your requirements. Using only the finest quality, locally sourced ingredients, and with an extensive wine list, we will do everything we can to ensure you have a fantastic time.
It took about 40 minutes for a table of 10 to get food at lunch. There was a big function outside and they were apologetic that it took a while. The food was very nice and great value for money. It was decorated very nicely.
The place is beautiful and food was fabulous. 3 stars for atmosphere only becsause we were the only ones there which was a little awkard.
Great night out for the family, plenty of atmosphere and good food.
Had a lovely dinner and atmosphere took us back to an english pub
Great food, great service, highly recommend.
We were seated by the fire but as it is quite a cavernous space we were still cold. Everyone downstairs was still wearing their jackets as were we but not really prepared with our warmest. We were told it was warmer upstairs. Probably a fan above and behind the fire would make a difference?
The entree was very good price, however mains were a bit over priced for what they were, I've chocolate wasn't as chocolate tasting as it should be, food was very good
Thank you for a wonderful dinner for my family and myself. I found the Seafood absolutely delicious. It was for my birthday and it was indeed a very special treat. I appreciate that you went to the extent of making our 10 year old comfortable and happy supplying her with activities and colouring in which was a great time fill. The dinners were excellent. The staff although busy were accommodating. Thank you for an excellent occasion, we will definitely return.
The website clearly states you are open from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. I booked 18 days in advance for 12 people for 10:30am on Sunday 25th February. I received an email confirmation at the time. I rang a couple of days beforehand to confirm and YOU told ME that my booking was for 10:30am and emailed me the menus as requested. All good, I thought. I received an email reminder at 5:20am on the day of the event, confirming my booking for 10:30am. We (11 adults, 1 toddler and a babe-in-arms) all arrived together at 10:35 am (we all walked from my home) to be told that you didn’t open until 11am. When told that we had a booking for 10:30, the young waiter looked most surprised. He appeared to be the only staff member present. He suggested we take a walk around the grounds while he cleaned and set a large table for us. He was extremely pleasant but seemed to be totally out of his depth. We took a leisurely stroll around the grounds and arrived back at the table at 11:05am. We all looked at the menus and decided what food we wanted. Our waiter came and took drink orders (4 x flat whites, 4 soft drinks and 3 juices), but did not want to take food orders, despite the fact that we were ready to order food. He came back ages later to say there was some issue with the coffee machine and would it be OK to have the coffee after the food. We said OK, and he FINALLY took our food orders. This seemed to be more difficult than it should have been. He brought the soft drinks (but not the coffees) sometime later. By now I was losing track of time. Eventually the coffees arrived, but still no food. Sometime AFTER mid-day the waiter reappeared to clarify some parts of the orders. It seemed that NO COOKING had been done, despite the fact we had been at the restaurant for over 1½ hours!! Every time we saw the waiter, someone asked “how much longer?” and we got a vague response along the lines of “not much longer”. At 12:30, the toddler was served his chicken nuggets and chips. At 12:40, I went inside to find out what was going on. I spoke to the young lady behind the bar. I was angry by this time and told her we’d been here for OVER TWO HOURS and had not seen a scrap of food (apart from the nuggets) and could she please find out how much longer. I went back outside and at 12:50 pm (2 ¼ hours after we arrived) food started to appear. Six of us had ordered breakfast dishes (a pity, as it was clearly no longer breakfast time!!), which included poached eggs. Five of these dishes had clearly been kept warm under lights and the egg yolks were set solid and the baked beans/spaghetti on the 2 big breakfasts had a skin on them!! The 6 dishes without eggs were pronounced either OK or delicious. At no point during our 2¼ hour wait were we offered any coffees or soft drinks or juices or ANYTHING to keep us from walking out, which we were tempted to do, except that the waiter was very pleasant throughout and the whole sorry mess wasn’t his fault. When I went to pay the bill, I deducted the $56.50 for the drinks (all non-alcoholic) and paid the full amount for the very late and mostly very disappointing food.
We arrived at 11.10am for a 11am booking and the place was all locked up which closed signs up (these signs weren't changed even when we left). The staff were just arriving (and unlocked the door for us!) which seemed very strange. What if we had arrived on time? The staff were friendly and the food was great. The grounds looked unkept due to a recent change in ownership and not at all up to what we have normally experienced - grass growing out of pavers, branches and debrie laying everywhere, gardens unweeded. We were there for our wedding anniversary (we were married here) so it was a shame to see the grounds in such a poor state. We had mentioned in our online booking notes that it was our wedding anniversary and that we had got married there for no mention of this was made by staff, which I thought was very poor. We will visit again but hope that the grounds are in a better state by then. Overall an OK visit but well overdue for a good look at the place!
There were 6 of us and we all loved our meals. Great setting too
Great food. The new staff need some basic training. The place has all the right things going for it, advertise it more and get it pumping. Been 10 times and always recommend it but concerned it is always empty.
Booked a special weekend away for my husbands birthday and when I saw the menu online for Game Keepers I knew this was the place for dinner! We really enjoyed the décor and although we didn't go outside the courtyard looked like a really nice place to sit on a nice day as well. The service was exceptional. My husband had the lamb shanks and I ordered the duck - both were very nice - couldn't fault our experience!
We always enjoy a great meal at Game Keepers. Generous servings and superbly prepared food. Our waiter was a little inexperienced I think but very friendly and helpful. Great bar-tender, cocktails were exceptional.
Wonderful dining experience - hope to be back soon :-)
Excellent service. Thank you for a lovely meal.
A fantastic all round dinning experience.
We were very happy with the service and how friendly the staff was they all were very helpful . We would definitely recommend our friends and family to go for a meal or function. Kat was so helpful and very easy to deal with. Our daughters 21st dinner was so good we are glad we choose Game Keepers Restaurant. Thank you.
Thanks to Rob, Cody, Kat and the team for a wonderful surprise party night.
What a fabulous venue! Our group of 12 really loved the experience and we were very impressed with the helpfulness of staff and the delicious meals.
We have even a few times and have really enjoyed our time and food there. We also have booked a party of 30 family and friends for dinner for our daughters 21st . We love the game keepers restaurant.
Beautiful restaurant and amazing food. Huge portions. Staff were wonderful and as the main restaurant was quite busy they moved us outside in front of the fire which was just lovely. Service was impeccable. Will definitely visit again - couldn't manage desert but the sticky date pudding has my name on it for next weekend 😃
very happy,wife's birthday and she was totally satisfied
Had mine and my sisters birthday dinner here, and it was awesome! The food was delicious and the staff was awesome too!! I would highly recommend this place for dinner. The building and gardens are really cool and we all talked about how nice it be to have dinner outside in the garden in summer.