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.
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