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“Great Food Between Queenstown and Te Anau”
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Garston Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Kingston B&B and Inns
Philadelphia
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“Great Food Between Queenstown and Te Anau”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

While driving towards Te Anau, we stopped here for bite to eat and were pleasantly surprised. The current Garston Hotel, built the late 1930's, has a lot of character. However this hotel has been around since 1876, there are historic photographs of the hotel hung on the walls. There are tables inside and outside where you can eat. The food at Al's Cafe Diner is excellent, you can tell Alan the chef/host loves his job. We enjoyed fresh chicken pie and tea, but the menu also includes seafood and some curry dishes, all reasonably priced. It is a great place to catch a bite for lunch. Beer is also available there. We liked it so much the first time, we stopped there again on the way back. We did not stay at the hotel for night but it looked like it would be a quaint experience.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

Great place to stop for lunch between queenstown and te anua, the food is very yummy simple homemade cafe style food and obviously made with skill and passion

  • Stayed February 2012
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Rockhampton, Australia
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

If you want to stay a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Queenstown then this is the place! This quiet little town boasts an historic hotel that offers comfortable, clean and unique accommodation and a restaurant/cafe with food that melts in your mouth. The venison pies are the best we have ever tasted and we have tasted quite a few! Al, the chef and owner of the hotel is not only a great cook but also a really nice guy. On our way back from Te Anau we called in to buy our lunch again from Al and some takeaway for later as we knew his food was worth the stop!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Garston Hotel
Address: 8 Garston-Athol Hwy, Kingston 9748, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Kingston
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Kingston
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Number of rooms: 7
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