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The Old Mill Cafe

££ - £££Cafe, ,
1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
+64 7-864 9390
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“ice cream” (7 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great venue for lunch... which can be followed by a leisurely walk along the Esplanade should you over indulge..! Interesting menu and always a wide choice of excellent desserts from the cabinet, all reasonably priced. Sadly, this place is no longer open in the evening,...More

Thank JohnPaul1950
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cute old cottage, inside has great atmosphere, and check out the back pantry of locally produced products. A bit more up market, but casual dinning. Menu is good but not cheap. Staff friendliness varies

Thank thomasgrayc
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Awesome place, awesome food, Nice service, the croissants are imported from France, Nice guitarist, classicisme and original breakfast options. Probably the best choice in the area.

Thank Leo L
Reviewed 5 June 2017

WE arrived right at 10 am and bet the rush. This turned out to be a very busy cafe. the food was very nice. The staff didn't appear to have a very good system as they made mistakes with just about all the orders ,wrong...More

Thank Anne255371
Reviewed 5 June 2017

The Old Mill is an old favourite and we've been loyal customers since it first re-opened as a cafe/restaurant in the early 2000s. A few owners later and it's still turning out delicious food, amazing cakes and pastries and all manner of tasty treats. Their...More

Thank Sophia G
Reviewed 7 May 2017

A must do if staying or coming through Tairua! The mushrooms are the best but don't forget to add bacon!

Thank Rob M
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We day tripped to Tairua from Tauranga and stumbled upon The Old Mill. We enjoyed the beef bourgeon and lovely risotto-- both on special with lovely wine matches by the glass. The French chocolate pie was rich and delicious without being sickly and the coffee...More

Thank Cheers2Suz
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Good coffee, but the experience this time wasn't the greatest. Tables were left overflowing with dishes, I appreciate when things are busy but it made the place feel chaotic. First rule of waitressing if you take out a coffee, never go back to the kitchen...More

Thank goldfinch42
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Super nice location on the harbour with nice atmosphere and excellent food. Good choice in wines! And a great live music !

Thank Ian D
Reviewed 18 March 2017

After a few days in Tairua we wanted to share a breakfast with friends and spied this cafe when we launched the boat for our fishing trip. We came back the next morning at 8am to enjoy a breakfast before leaving town. We were not...More

Thank TrialRun
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$24
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 The Esplanade, Tairua 3508, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-864 9390
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A comfortable two-hour drive from Auckland City, The Old Mill Cafe resides opposite Tairua Marina overlooking picturesque Tairua Harbour. Nestled quietly at the base of Paku Hill. Great spot to come for fabulous breakfasts made with free-range eggs and free farmed bacon. A wide variety of options for lunch ranging from Fresh Coromandel Mussels to freshly caught fish and chips and epic beef pies for the meat lovers out there. We use fresh produce and focus on fresh seafood but we cater to all diets including Gluten free, Vegetarian and Vegan. We have a wide range of yummy cakes, quiches and pies to accompany your coffee by Allpress. And cocktails & platters are available from 3pm to 6pm just in time for sunset over Tairua Harbour. And to finish off try a Kapiti ice cream served in a cone. Our menu is seasonal. We are fully licensed and carry a discerning range of local, NZ and overseas wines, beers and ciders. Make sure you check out our international deli and fresh french artisan breads. Every Sunday we have live music!
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