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Checkers Cafe

) #10 of 36 Restaurants in Thames Cafe,
710 Pollen Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 3292
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good47%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (2 reviews)
“muesli” (3 reviews)
“scones” (4 reviews)
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Cafe, Contemporary
710 Pollen Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a hike we wanted a good lunch and ended up at checkers cafe. The service was ok and the food was average but not filling enough. Good coffee! Nice garden - but still hungry.

Thank Isabell8785
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stop at Checkers café frequently and we have never been disappointed. The cooking is spot on, we love the savoury muffins and the cheese scones. The smoked fish hotpot is also a favourite. The coffee never fails to please. The staff at Checkers are...More

Thank heath244
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We had a lovely brunch here on a very sunny late Autumn morning. We felt we were back in Europe with the gorgeous landscaping, planters and pots, and the tree patterned courtyard. Brunch platter was generous and the experience very good, must go back again...More

Thank Annaliese62
Reviewed 13 May 2017

With so many good lunch spots in Thames, this is certainly one to give a miss! A date scone with lumps of Bicarbonate of soda in it and a microwaved pie, that was meant to be steak and cheese, but was mostly mince and cheese....More

Thank Kotuku123
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I've been here often in the past, and went yesterday because it was a lovely day to sit outside with a coffee. Coffees were excellent, and though we didn't eat anything on this occasion, I can wholeheartedly vouch for the food as well.

Thank Yvonne O
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped off on route to Coromandel. The Kumera rosti with spinach, salmon and poached eggs was particularly balanced and delicious. For UK folks, kumera is a denser, more flavoursome sweet potato compared to the South African import variety we are used too. And versatile...The scones...More

Thank PVS68
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Visited Chequers Cafe (note spelling) on a very busy Saturday morning - it was Thames' 150th celebrations with a street market, classic car parade and many other activities so the own was very busy. Chequers was a peaceful oasis right in the middle of the...More

Thank FSwift
Reviewed 13 March 2017

It's actually called Chequers Cafe but from the address, this is the same place ... between the Plumbers shop and the Cinemas. The four of us were heading to Hot Water Beach and were passing through Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula. We needed fuel so...More

Thank Felix_the_parrot
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Occasionally visit this cafe with friends, the food and coffee is in the range of average to good and the outdoor space at the back is very pleasant and relaxing, away from the bustle of the Main Street

Thank Annaliese62
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of muesli for me and scrambled eggs for my wife. The muesli was a good size serving with bananas and blueberries, a pot of yoghurt and a small jug of milk. The eggs were perfect and served with a slice...More

Thank Stuart S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 710 Pollen Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Thames
  • Phone Number: +64 7-868 3292
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