The Herb Farm and Cafe, Manawatu-Wanganui Region

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3.5/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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  • We arrived for a late lunch on a sun peek-a-boo weekday. From the moment we walked into the Farm, it was absolutely soul charming; the whole place was afresh with lovely well maintained gardens of sor...  read more »
  • Visited for lunch on a very popular sunny Sunday. Person taking the orders was very slow, and the wait for our meals was around 40 minutes. But the food was very nice albeit quite expensive for what i...  read more »
  • the herb farm offer excellent massages ask for Casey, bookings a must, then afterwards have some refreshing water and light food in the cafe followed by a stroll around the gardens, very relaxing and ...  read more »
  • Wonderful food. Suitable for young families. Can spend an afternoon walking around the lovely gardens, too.
  • One of the best cafes I ate at in New Zealand wide. Fantastic location, food and coffee. The only downside to it is the waiting, which I don't mind much as the satisfaction afterwards is worth it.
  • Its a really nice layout and environment but the grounds and flowers seem to be a tad neglected with a number of dead flowers hindering the vista as opposed to enhancing it. We had to sit outside due to all the inside tables being reserved. However, with a 10.30am arrival we were done and dusted within 1.5hrs and 80% of the reserved tables were still vacant. They could have offered an inside table with a mention of it being reserved at midday - giving us plenty of time to eat and soak up the morning sunshine. We were also unable to order from the a la carte menu because "we are worried we will run out of food for our bookings" (Eggs Bene and French Toast sounded gooood). Sure, first dibs to your Mothers Day bookings but it felt a bit under prepped and we were left feeling underwhelmed. The Salmon Roulade and Filo parcel were tasty, presented beautifully and the side salad garnish was excellent. It is a very relaxing setting has great potential if some of the finer points can be polished.
  • Amazing Christmas lunch great food loved it
  • I've always loved the Herb Farm and have been going there since it first started many years ago. I've had many wonderful family gatherings there as well as quieter meals with friends and family. It's a place I often recommend. The products are great and I've had them sent to me whilst I've been living overseas. The ambience of the place is lovely and I'm really enjoying its proximity now I'm back in Palmy. I've also used the beautician services, which were excellent. I've seen the Herb Farm go through different cafe menus over the years and am writing today after having an experience of the latest new menu. Its NOT GOOD and I'm going to suggest you make some changes as I'm doubting a return visit for a while, which would be a shame as its one of my favourite places to eat and visit. I recently attended for a mid week lunch with two colleagues, ordering the bruschetta as I was after something light. The bread was nicely toasted, and the traditional bruschetta dressing had a pleasant sharp flavour, but sliced buffalo mozarella piled on top accompanied with oodles of sliced lovely fresh tomatoes did not make a pleasant bruschetta. The cheese and tomato need to be integrated, and the cheese at least needs to have some heat applied. How bland is sliced mozarella? Extremely bland! Like eating plastic. As far as taste was concerned, and manageability of eating (tomatoes falling off everywhere), both were compromised, and disappointing. I fully support the freshness of the ingredients, particularly the tomatoes, but your bruschetta needs a dollop of sophistication. Try some bruschettas around town - there are some good ones, or do a more authentic Italian version with the lovely fresh ingredients. One of my colleagues left half her meal (usually unheard of at the Herb Farm) as her large pile of Maori potatoes smothered in some kind of creamy dressing, was completely bland and tasteless. I tried some and agreed with her. My other colleague had a stuffed potatoe from the cabinet that she said was fine. I did see some other meals being delivered also covered with the chopped fresh tomatoes and am still wondering - what's with all the tomatoes? I love tomatoes so might enjoy such a big fresh pile, but they don't suit everyone, and although they added great colour, their purpose wasn't clear, plus as far as presentation goes they just didn't look great. I'm still giving the Herb Farm 4 stars as others might be enjoying the new menu, and I certainly still support the business - plus not everything has changed - the cakes and slices are fantastic, including the gluten free options - plus there is more to the Herb Farm than just the Cafe. I have seen the Herb Farm make good and effective changes before, and expect they will again. Please do take a closer look at the new menu and maybe do a survey to see if its working.
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