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Founders Brewery & Cafe

€€ - €€€, Cafe,
87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
+64 3-548 4638
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good50%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“panini” (2 reviews)
“nachos” (2 reviews)
“founders park” (13 reviews)
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Bar, Cafe, Pub, New Zealand
€€ - €€€
87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 66 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The nachos where amazing,great job chef.Will be back over and over again.Great staff and service.Everything perfect for great family outing.

Thank natsamlee
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Lovely friendly staff served us , they fetched our drinks out to us . We went there twice in the same day, for coffee and cake in the morning and to check out their brewery in the afternoon.We could have stayed until they threw us...More

1  Thank Tracey J
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Wasn't expecting much, just wanted to have a good beer as I've bought their IPA in the supermarket before. Set in a very picturesque setting amongst all things 'founding', the brewery has a lovely location. You're also surrounded by hops growing on some vines, there...More

1  Thank saffajosh
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

In addition to a wide range if beers we enjoyed eggplant and pepper salad and tuna Niçoise salad- tasty and not padded out with lettuce leaves - nice setting - didn't have to pay entrance fee

2  Thank JudyO4
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We cycled here to the park and were pleased to find a brewery and bar offering craft beers. Very helpful and charming staff and a great selection of beer and food

1  Thank DavidGA986
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful spot for a light lunch. Coffee came out quickly and had a nice flavour. Food was tasty and filling, and altogether was well priced. For new visitors to Nelson, the historical park is a nice spot to walk around as well.

1  Thank RihariNZ
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Visited here on the bank holiday so it was fairly quiet. Had the sausage roll and steak pie. Both were nice. Coffee was good too. There are plenty of tables outside and a few inside too. They sell Founders ale, unfortunately we didn't have time...More

2  Thank Gemma_0001
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Took a friend to evolve and unfortunately it rained so so we're forced to get a coffee in the cafe. After years of always experiencing poor service in the cafe I wasn't surprised to get it again. The kids are friendly enough but lack guidance...More

Thank Furybears
BexR3, Manager at Founders Brewery & Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Hi there. I am sorry you had a unacceptable experience at our Cafe, but thank you for your feedback. I'm afraid the rained out event affected both the event organizers, patrons and of course us to. Being the only cafe with hundreds of wet rained...More

Reviewed 20 January 2017

busy day which meant they could not cope with the demands. 15 minute wait even to order. Would have ordered more if a more suitable selection

Thank Ann-marie D
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Good number of seating options indoors and outdoors. Reasonable sized menu, helpful advice ("what size salad should I get?" was my question), prompt service. You're a captive audience, obviously, but that also means there's no pressure to move on, they are happy with people sitting...More

1  Thank Alison K
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Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Cafe, Pub, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 4638
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