Reviews for Normanby Hotel
May 07, 2014
As a visitor to this establishment for a more or less monthly gathering over the last few years it was a pleasant surprise to find some more variety on the menu. Last night there was an excellent curried venison special ...good value served with rice, a portion of salad and toasted pita bread and cheese. Apparently there is a new chef in residence and, if this experience is any guide, the food will be more interesting and worth calling in for an evening.
by Alex Moka
Apr 28, 2014
Used to come here a few years ago as a local with rugby team but got put off by rough service. Was suprised (in a good way) to see it was much cleaner and that the staff were freindlier this time and seemed happier! No table service but we enjoyed our fries and beer. Lots of tables outside if you're a smoker too.
by David Boshier
Jan 17, 2014
The service is good and the food is stock standard pub grub.
However the Normanby is the perfect place to sit in the afternoon sun slipping on cold beer with a few mates around their large tables.
They have there own parking next door if you can find nothing on the street.
A great Sunday hang out and a place for a no surprise meal.
by Katerina Turnu
Nov 02, 2013
Excellent prawn twisters and kumara fries (which came with a generous amount of very tasty mustard aioli-type dip).
Beautiful beer (Speights). We love hanging out here at the bar-leaners with a casual beer and some good food to go with it. It has the feel of a classic south island NZ style of bar.
The staff are always smiley and friendly in a southern kind of way too.
Only point for improvement, would be to check that you don't use any chipped serving bowls for the dip ;)
Otherwise, always a pleasure coming here.
by Sabrina Pongi
Mar 23, 2013
I had a function here for 30 people for our daughters 1st Birthday and they just thought this place was amazing! Service was awesome, waiter Dave looked after us the whole time from beginning to end and was so accommodating it was fantastic. Atmosphere was also great, really laid back and the function room we were in was private and the kids had lots of room to run around which was a big A+ for us! Last but not least the food! Everything was fresh and every dish was delicious! My husband had the Scotchman’s Aged Fillet was perfectly cooked and great jus. I had the Salmon Burger and that was delicious and many of the guests also had the Ribs and they were tender and so yummy to say the least! Totally recommend this place to anyone! Great job Normanby!
by Darryl Mararki
Feb 23, 2013
Attended a "Third Space" event at this establishment, Feb 2013.
Great place to meet up with friends for the evening. Great outdoor area. Special mention to the Samoan staff member, he especially made the evening, he was consistently friendly, helpful accommodating and efficient. I felt the other 3 or 4 staff members could have customer service / hospitality training (friendly suggestion)
I ordered chicken Ceasar salad, and was pleasantly surprised. There were 6 pf us at the table and all enjoyed their various meals, granted service was slow...perhaps the training of the other staff this evening may have prevented the slow service ??
All in all a lovely evening....
by Chris Wade
Nov 16, 2012
Having regularly visits to it before refurbishment (formerly Cardrona), I was more than disappointed on my first visit as the main change seemed to be an increase in prices and a reduction in quality.
Today after many months of not visiting, I went again as part of a large party. Unfortunately if anything the quality has worsened. Ordering the chicken burger, I was disappointed to receive what was a very small chicken breast that was over cooked and very dry along with a single rasher of bacon from what must've been the worlds smallest pig. Both of these laid side by side weren't large enough to cover the bun (which was also a bit stale). To top this the chips had clearly been out of the fryer for a while before arriving at the table as these were cold.
A lot of other guests also had a bad experience and aren't planning on returning.
by Vicky Molloy
Oct 19, 2012
My boyfriend and I dined here last night and unfortunately we were more than a little disappointed. We ordered the Potters Paddock pie which was supposed to be beef, mushrooms and cheese in a pepper and guiness gravy but was actually just pepper gravy beneath pastry. There were so few bits of meat it was embarrassing and what meat was there was in tiny chunks, we spotted one chunk of mushroom but the cheese was completely AWOL. The gravy was completely overpowered by the pepper flavour so you didn't really get any sense of the guiness if it was in there at all. We also ordered the salmon burger which claimed to be "a huge salmon fillet" - it wasn't. A better description would have been "a small salmon fillet" and it was overcooked as well. We probably wouldn't go back as it wasn't really value for money.
by Lucy G.
Jun 26, 2012
Absolutely the best salmon fillet I've had this year. The fact the big fat fillet was wedged juicily between two soft burger buns, and spruced with some sort of amazing sauce, and crunchy salad & golden fries on the side... just made it all the more delicious.
My partner was extremely happy with his pizza... apart from the unfortunate crunch of a single cherry stone within one of the 'dried cherries' topping the pizza. That said, I stole a bite of his pizza, (careful to pinch the cherry first, to avoid the stone hazard!) and the pizza was gooood.
It's definitely looking massively spruced up here since the name change. We were in for lunch, so chose to sit out near the open fire in the bar area. But I also saw there's a big separate restaurant area now - looking sharp with its fancy shist stone features.
The menu gave a great selection, which had me struggling to choose between so many things I liked the look of. Good job guys. Love your work. :)
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