We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A hidden gem”
Review of The Refinery

The Refinery
Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Paeroa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$12
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Santiago
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

If you are ever in Paeroa the cafe you have to go to is the refinery. The food and service is absolute quality and the rustic, eclectic charm and space of the building makes for an awesome environment. The owners are super cool and friendly and I can highly recommend the sardines on toast!!

Helpful?
Thank Danfr0st
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

103 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    63
    29
    7
    2
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great find in Paeroa”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Just one street back from the Main Street, is this little gem. Quirky location and setting, great coffee (probably the best in Paeroa ) great food. A big step up from the usual truck stop cafés.
Only improvement I could suggest, it would be nice if they served breakfast/brunch

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank travelbug2013_74
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cambridge, nz
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Superb!”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Everything about this place is groovy. Food is delicious. Service is helpful and friendly. We will be back.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Nik P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Auckland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Drive off the Main Street in Paeroa”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I found this by chance on a Sunday when the main street cafe's were closed as I was heading back to Auckland via the antique shops in Paeroa.
It was a heart warming experience to be welcomed by the lovely owner and I ordered an old fashioned Barley and Vegetable Soup which was just perfect.
I sat outside in the garden, the sun on my back admiring the surroundings and the wonderful old building, in an earlier life, a gold refinery. Hence the name.
Going south, turn left and then right into Willoughby St and you can't miss it.
The owner said they also have accommodation but I didn't pursue that but it would be a very relaxing place to stay. Thank you. Catherine

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Aucklandlass
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
“NOT TO BE MISSED!”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

Yum, yum, triple yum if you like great food and coffee don't miss The Refinery for delicious hot, strong, creamy coffee. Delicious cakes and slices with fresh cream and the best grilled sandwich (Reuben) I've ever tasted. Great service! Comfortable chairs! Lovely atmosphere! This is definitely a unique spot!

  • Visited April 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank koolhaas
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed The Refinery also viewed

Paeroa, Waikato Region
 
Paeroa, Waikato Region
 

Been to The Refinery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing