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Checkers Cafe

Cafe, Contemporary
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710 Pollen Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 3292
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183 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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. Slow service (and we were the only ones there). Also a staff member who looked... More 

Thank Kotuku123
The Netherlands
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251 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 looked good too.

Thank PVS68
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 throng, with a table free in the really pleasant courtyard at the rear. Good cabinet... More 

Thank FSwift
Marcoola, Australia
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87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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 we decided to have a coffee and snack ... as we drove down Pollen Street,... More 

Thank Felix_the_parrot
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
Adelaide, Australia
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57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 of toast. The pots of tea (for one) had enough for two cups and a... More 

Thank Stuart S
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Always a good venue for great food, never had a bad meal here - everything served is fresh, and the girls are helpful. On a lovely day eat your meal in the delightful garden and relax

Thank Diane S
Copenhagen, Denmark
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253 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We were looking for place for lunch and came across this wonderful café. The service was very friendly and the atmosphere in the courtyard terrific. The food was delicious.

Thank MN0975
Whitianga, New Zealand
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We were looking for somewhere to have lunch. The courtyard caught our attention. We were greeted with a warm, friendly smile and reassured that the breakfast menu was served all day. I chose the Potato Roti with Mushrooms. My wife had the Kumara version with salmon. Both were wonderful! We sat out in the courtyard at a table that was... More 

Thank Kevin P

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Cafe, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?