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The Alchemy Cafe

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92 Bateup Road, Nelson, New Zealand
+64 3-544 5853
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Been a couple of times now and quite good albeit seems a little disorganised at first. Coffee good and food ok plenty for children to do onsite with playground and tractor as well as duck pond.

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Thank Keithbath D
Nelson, New Zealand
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This was the first time we had visited the cafe for some years and we were very pleased with our food. Very tasty and true to label. The cafe is spacious and adjoins a retail pottery shop. The decor is quaint and fits the style of construction. There is a big grass area for children to play while the parents... More 

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Thank 900AlanH
Nelson - New Zealand
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Went here today for a light lunch while walking my dogs. Super helpful staff and got the umbrella out and water for the dogs with no hesitation. I had a salmon spinach filo and a latte which were both perfect. Huge outdoor area fabulous place for families and can cater for large groups but book and advise ahead.

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Thank CJandT
UK
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

Great Cafe on the edge of Richmond. Brilliant coffee and cake and a big grass area for the kids to run about.

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Thank UkEngland
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2015

I had the BLT today for $15. I was wholly unimpressed. The focaccia was nice but someone thought it would be a good idea to put some apricot chutney on it. Note to cafe, apricot chutney, hollandaise and bacon do NOT go together. Onto the hollandaise. I do not believe the person making it actually tried it. It was just... More 

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Thank Sarahrnnz
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2014

My daughter is Gluten Intolerant. This is not a fad, if she eats Gluten she vomits an hour later until it is all out of her stomach. We ordered a Kids Gluten Free Plater as advertised on their menu. It arrived with an oat biscuit, gluten Smarties and gluten flavoured chips. When we bought it up with them they just... More 

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Thank Skiwiscott
Tauranga NZ & Sitka AK
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

35 min to get a latte & tea for 2 (only one other table occupied at noon); 60 min after that we got our lunch (BLT, filo w/ side salad, eggs Benedict). The kitchen was well staffed -- why the long delay? Another couple ordered carrot cake & lattes & waited 40 min. Maybe the idea is that you go... More 

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Thank Local-knowledge
Nelson, New Zealand
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2013

I had heard a bit about this cafe and finally got to check it out, I really cant pinpoint why I didnt enjoy it, but I didnt. Sorry. The pottery shop attached is worth checking out though. Stunning pieces.

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Thank NixieGee
Nelson, New Zealand
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92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

It's a lovely space and the staff are great. Food was nice, and the kids liked visiting the pig out the back. They also enjoyed painting their own mugs in the gallery.

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Thank Punkysmum
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

This is a hidden treasure for anyone visiting Nelson. The setting is semi rural with an emphasis on family fun. A well as a great cafe with great food and coffee, there is an art studio and shop. The kids (and big kids) can show there hand at ceramics or woodcraft and plenty of room for them to kick a... More 

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Thank marrsonavon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 92 Bateup Road, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-544 5853

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?