The Ashburton district now offers some fabulous dining options boasting fresh, contemporary cuisine, outstanding customer service and award winning New Zealand wines.

There is a decent supply of eateries in central Ashburton offering a range of menus to suit your tastes, budget or dietary requirements. From hearty cafe meals, to homemade style deli foods, fast-food takeaways, ethnic restaurants, family dining, pub meals and fine dining… welcome to the surprisingly delightful dining options in the Ashburton district.

Visitors to Ashburton will appreciate the close proximity of cafes, restaurants and bars in the township, most within easy walking distance.

For those on a tight budget or timeframe, make sure you check out the great options for fast food takeaways, including good old-fashioned New Zealand fish and chips as well as all the popular fast food chains such as Subway, KFC and McDonalds. There is also the Ming Wah Chinese Takeaways and Charming Thai Restaurant for a fresh, fast and healthy takeaway option. The Darlen Bakery is also a great option for a fresh, delicious lunch.

Casual daytime cafes are plentiful in Ashburton and include the popular Platters Cafe & Deli for delectable breakfast bagels, gourmet pies and antipasto platter’s to be enjoyed with a great wine. Other cafes include the Vespa Deli & Cafe for imported cheeses, meats and spices, Kelly’s Cafe & Bar which is great for families, Harrison’s Cafe & Bar with its mouth watering salmon and the ‘old favorite’ Robert Harris Cafe.

Evening dining is also in abundance and most Ashburton restaurants and pubs can be easily located via foot.

The Clearwater Garden Restaurant offers a relaxed yet sophisticated setting with a full a la carte menu during the week and a delicious buffet on weekends, while a more family-friendly and value-for-money evening meal can be found at Robbies Bar & Bistro.

If you prefer something other then good Kiwi cuisine you wont be disappointed as the central town has Indian Minar for authentic Indian cuisine as well as the Charming Thai Restaurant for delicious Thai meals.

If you are looking for something truly special then you will need to take a short trip to The Lake House Restaurant & Bar. Located on Lake Hood, this fabulous lakefront-dining venue is perfect for that romantic evening while the extensive menu takes advantage of fresh local produces.

With so many restaurants also available in Methven that are worth a visit, we suggest you drop into the local Visitor Information Centre for further dining advice in the Ashburton district.