Cuisine: European, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #16 of 93 restaurants in Christchurch

For that special occasion or simply just to have a great night out, come and enjoy a sumptuous dinner at The Old Vicarage.

Enjoy fresh, flavoursome contemporary European and New Zealand cuisine.

Relax in the warmth and comfort of the numerous private dining rooms, or enjoy fabulous alfresco dining on the sunny deck or in the beautiful garden courtyard. The Old Vicarage offer a wide range of dishes aimed to tempt and delight.

Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with dinner service available from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.

There's plenty of on-site parking too!

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The Old Vicarage
335 Halswell Road
Halswell
Christchurch 8025

Open Hours:
Mon-Wed: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu-Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Phone: 03 322 1224
Website: www.theoldvicarage.co.nz/

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Ranked: #16 of 93 restaurants in Christchurch 16
The Old Vicarage
Location: Halswell
Cuisine: European, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   The Old Vicarage accepts American Express

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It’s absolutely gorgeous, we had a table by the window and we were stunned at how beautiful the cafe was. To top it off the food was simply amazing!! The eggs Benedict and venison was just delicious! Definitely going back!

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Nigel Wall

Great experience from start to finish. The service was attentive but not imposing and the food was to die for! Those pork belly bites are indescribably good. Can't wait to go back again.

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Delicious food, really enjoyed tonight. We were greeted at the door and seated at our table straight away, our drinks order arrived very quickly, followed by our food order. It was a cold rainy night and the smoked salmon was cooked to perfection! That came with the most delicious pumpkin puree with bacon. My husband had the smoked venison that was to die for! I kept stealing nibbles of it. My husband finished the meal with a chocolate caramel cheesecake - beautifully presented. I look forward to coming again!

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Tania Adams

YUM YUM YUM! We have been to The Old Vicarage plenty of times and knew the food would be good. But this time somehow the food got better! The Moroccan Salad was soooooo good! And Hubby loved his Angus steak. Great service as always.

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Love coming to this restaurant! Food was great and the staff are super friendly and very accommodating for any needs you may have including dietary!!

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Wonderful food in a fantastic setting, the portions were just right to be able to enjoy without feeling over full at the end of the evening. The wait staff checked in frequently enough to be sure you were enjoying each course without being to overbearing. Definitely one to recommend.

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Just perfect, everything from the service, seating, taking our order, timing of the meal arriving and our drinks. Then the meals come out...Oh my goodness, delicious. Pancakes for me and my husband ordered eggs benedict.

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Pleayo Tov

3rd time round with family and friends. This restaurant still provided an excellent and attentive service. The crispy pork belly was perfection on the plate. Other people also thoroughly enjoyed their dishes. Will definitely return.

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Keryn Keelty

As always The Old Vicarage didn't disappoint. We each had a different main (pork, lamb, venison and duck) and every meal was totally delicious.
The service was excellent. Very friendly staff. Thanks again. We'll be back and will continue to tell our friends to visit The Old Vicarage.

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What a wonderful way to spend a quiet Monday night, such a great 'first table' experience. The food and service were faultless.

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Chris Frost

The Old Vicarage is a really beautiful restaurant and bar set in a well restored old villa. We were seated in the sun room which was just off the main dining area, it is a really nice room with around 6 tables and large windows that over look a garden area which left me wishing for summer. All and all the look and feel of the place was truly high class, yet surprisingly we were made to feel really comfortable with our 4 year old daughter. The staff took time to talk with her and made sure her needs were being met, crayons, food coming first etc.
As to the food our meals they were really, really good, my wife even comented that it was the best salmon she had ever had, which is impressive as given the chance she always orders the salmon.
The kids menu was definitely a kids menu with food that wasn't quite as epic, but that works as that is what my little girl wants. Given the chance we will definitely be back, hopefully in summer to enjoy the garden area.

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A birthday celebration could have turned into a disaster but for the goodwill of Tiffany. Thank you so much Tiffany.
The meal and service was.superb. Between us we had the steak, salmon and pork belly. All were happy with their selections - there was certainly no food envy.
We shall return to try some of the other options.

Helen (dined 9/9/2019)

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Located in a cute cottage - The Old Vicorage makes you feel very at home from the second you walk in. With indoor, balcony and outdoor seating options you can cater to the weather too.

Their menu is extensive and they serve their lunch menu from 9am meaning there's plenty to choose from.

The pancakes are an absolute must try - with sprinkles of chocolate, a generous serving of cream and maple syrup with fresh berry compote on top, they're definitely worth savouring.

The staff were attentive, friendly, and happy to chat.

A great spot out of the city, particularly for larger groups - this place definitely has our recommendation!

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We had a fabulous meal the other night at The Old Vicarage. The food was wonderful. We had the venison short rib and also the salmon. It was wonderful. And Danielle, our waitress, was truly exceptional! Thank you for a great night out, we will definitely be back!!!!!

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Kristine Sullivan

Its times like this you wish there was a 5 star plus rating. Food was fantastic and the young man that served us was outstanding. He made us feel very comfortable and was attentive without being intrusive. We will be back after the end of dry July.

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Jacqui Dunn

This was my first experience with First Table.
The Old Vicarage was an excellent choice. We were welcomed by the friendly, smiling staff as we walked in. We sat at a table for two by the fireplace. There were lots of cosy rooms and wee areas to dine. We had the soup and bread to start.. this was delicious. We ordered lamb and steak with a side of potatoes. Both mains were to perfection, accompanied by an Akarua Pinot and a strawberry beer.. yes strawberry beer- absolutely loved the new drink available. For dessert we had the cheesecake, this was delicious.. after our meal we went through to the bar where live music was playing. Just a perfect place to dine. Great food, fantastic vibe, friendly helpful staff. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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Amazing food and absolutely outstanding service, we will most definitely be back! Do yourself a favour and have the Moroccan spiced salad (with the lamb)

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Hey! The Old Vicarage is such a quaint and welcoming return to the dining of my youth. The rustic charm of the aged wooden beams and the warmth and intimacy of the lighting create a sense of relaxation from the moment you step in the door.
The food, as always was exquisite, and my mother and I both devoured the lamb shanks. She doesn't eat very much these days, so that is a testament to her enjoyment. I almost wanted to change plates with my sister who ordered the Groper. It melted on her fork. Very tempting.
The others were full by then, but I couldn't resist the cheesecake. I wasn't disappointed and savoured every creamy mouthful of chocolate. The sauce was particularly yum.
Thanks also to the wonderful crew, who were sensitive to my mother's needs, and who patiently put up with our complicated splitting of the bill at the end.
A truly special way to spend a special birthday. Thanks, Old Vicarage. We'll be back - yet again!

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Ashleigh Hills

Can never go wrong with the old vicarage! Amazing food, amazing service and amazing atmosphere. Would highly recommend any food off there menu and a bonus that most of the food can be gluten free. There’s not many restaurants that cater for gluten free but the old vicarage has a full range as well as dessert which was to die for!
All round amazing

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If you enjoy good food and service then this eating house is the one to go to.
As a party of 4 we enjoyed our evening from the time we walked in until the time we walked out all immensely satisfied. The fish of the day thepulled pork was moist and full of flavor.
The staff were very efficient, and attentive in servicing our needs,
It was a great experience in a warm environment on a cool evening. Well done everyone at the Vicarage you did yourselves proud.
Thanks.

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Denise Girdler

Top rate! We all chose a different meal after sharing the calamari entree. Dessert was strawberry cheesecake. And everything was just right.
Good humoured and efficient service completed the experience.
Thanks for catering for us gluten free customers so seamlessly.

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Had a lovely meal at The Old Vicarage the other night. For the meals we had the Fish of the Day, The Moroccan Salad with Salmon and two of us had the Beef Fillet. We all very much enjoyed our meals. We didn't order starters, only because we wanted to save room for our mains. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were very generous. We also watched around the other tables to see some of the other mains and they just all looked so amazing. We will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu. I'd also like to say that the staff were very attentive, and that added to making the whole night perfect for us. Thank You!

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Wow! Where to start. The staff were bubbly, friendly and helpful. The meals were absolutely amazing delicious. They say you eat with your eyes, well, when the plates arrived, our eyes were devouring the food before we could pick up the knife and fork. So well presented and equally tasty. Highly recommend dining here, you won’t be disappointed. Compliments to the chef and the staff.

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As a family group of 3 we each chose a different dish and each was OUTSTANDING! In fact we wanted to share a tasty morsel with each other because it was so good. We also passed on our compliments to the chef. Highly recommended.

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It was a pleasure to take my Auckland based Brother and his partner out for Dinner prior to them heading home - not to mention the First Table option seeing we are retired people. My brother, and ourselves, are very complimentary regarding The Vicarage - the dining atmosphere was wonderful, food and service were both A1. Friendly, obliging table service. I must thank you for giving them (and us) a great experience. Many thanks again

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What a great place! As always, the food was AMAZING. Learnt long ago that it's impossible to get a bad meal at the old vicarage, no matter what you order.
The most outstanding thing was the service. We were advised on things most restaurants don't tell you (e.g. entree size being massive so to order the smaller portion etc). Was so nice to have waitresses with a sense of humour too (thanks to Danielle!)
All up, we were impressed once again and will be back soon!

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Monique Jenks

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here! Service was friendly and we felt welcome right from the start. We were seated in a beautiful side area surrounded by stained glass windows open to look out on the gorgeous garden. Food was lovely. We started with the fish cakes with mango chutney which I didn’t know could be so tasty. For a main I had the salad option with smoked salmon and it was cooked to perfection. My partner thoroughly enjoyed his venison as well. We finished with the valentines’s special they were still selling with a sampler range of valentine’s desserts and it was absolutely divine! The brownie on here was the best I have ever tasted and we fought over the last bit. Thanks for the amazing meal and wonderful service :)

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Daphne Hazelgrove

I love the venue, it's such a great setting to relax in for an evening of fine dining.

I had the fish of the day, salmon, and it was fresh and beautifully cooked. It was topped with pesto and served with very tasty roasted baby carrots and potatoes. With it I enjoyed a rich smooth Australian Shiraz.

The sticky date pudding with caramel and ginger ice cream was perfect!

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Jennifer Horsburgh

Lovely welcome when we arrived. Had two fussy teenagers with us and restaurant were happy to cater for them but in the end we went with the standard menu options. It was a great chance to try different items to broaden their tastes and although they weren't all hits they were all well cooked and presented. Initially it appeared the mains were rather small portions but it was an illusion created by the large plates and we all felt very satisfied with the amount of food. Would definitely consider returning.

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Lindsay Robertson

Last night Tash was the most patient and understanding waitress one could ask for when she was faced with 3 guests who all had allergies, one with multiple restrictions. If you have coeliac disease you will be over the moon with the choices.The young man who handled our bill was a ton of fun sending us away with a smile on our faces. Let's not forget the food. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I wholeheartedly recommend visiting The Old Vicarage.

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Denise Girdler

Our food was lovely and portions were perfect. Seane, our server, was friendly and relaxed. She also had a very good knowledge of the menu. We had the fish of the day and the lamb rack. For dessert we both chose the cheesecake which was delicious. Thank you for an excellent meal.

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Abigail Fergus

I went with two friends, the food was fantastic. I had the calamari followed by the venison and I couldn’t fault either of them. Generous size and absolutely delicious. My friends had mozerela sticks, pork belly, the broccoli side, garlic bread and the banana and peach pudding. Everything was wonderful except the pudding which was a bit disappointing. All in all I would definitely recommend this lovely restaurant in an absolutely gorgeous old house. Perfect for kids too with a garden outside to play in

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JOHN SCOTT

This is going to be one of my favourite restaurants. The service staff are exceptionally enthusiastic and friendly so that means they're better than excellent and the food is better! We had five different dishes and they were all superbly cooked and flavoursome.
Well done Old Vicarage.

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What a treat to meet up with an old friend over a lovely glass of wine and great food. (The pork belly was just scrumptious!) Only just had room to share a dessert! Will definitely return there, lovely atmosphere. Many thanks, The Old Vicarage

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From the minute we walked in the door until we left the service was fantastic, which is a little bit rare these days. And the food was absolutely outstanding especially the lamb rack yum yum. Thanks Old Vicarage

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Michelle Mabey

I love The Old Vicarage. From its cosy atmosphere, to its delicious food, to the attentive staff - it never fails to please. Last night, I enjoyed the pork belly bites (which were a little fatty, but the apple sauce was amazing), the salmon (which was perfectly cooked and I could not fault) and the gingerbread and salted caramel cheesecake (which basically ticked off a bucket list item. Soooo good!). The staff were friendly, welcoming and attentive. The food was brought out efficiently. Overall, a fantastic experience!

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Sarah Pullman

Seated in a warm room and the waitress came over and introduced herself and we ordered drinks. Water was topped up a few times in the evening.
Pumpkin soup was delish and I was surprised with how much there was.
We both had pork belly for our mains and it was so tender and came apart with the fork.
Meals and service were definitely excellent.
Would recommend to all.

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We enjoyed drinks in the bar before being taken to our table - the service was so friendly and attentive and the food could not have been more delicious - Bluff oysters to start, the pork belly and fish of the day with a side of baby broccoli. We should have stopped there, but then enjoyed the amazing gingerbread and salted butterscotch cheesecake and three scoops of Kapiti icecream, with desert wine - all beautifully presented with flavours to match. What amazing value to enjoy!

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Marilyn Mather

The fillet steak was amazing and beautifully cooked. Service was quick and friendly as well as unobtrusive, have never had an average experience at this restaurant , always consistently high standard, will keep coming back again and again.

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We were warmly welcomed by Keegan who was also our waiter for the night & he was a great waiter, very tentative. He showed us to our table & went through the menu, firstly introducing himself which was a nice touch. He promptly came back with a water jug & filled our glasses. We were given adequate time to view the menu & gave him our orders. Everything came out in a timely manner & the food was delicious. The only thing to consider is this restaurant is a family restaurant & we were in a room with other families & wee children are noisy even when well behaved.. So if you are wanting a quiet meal then you will need to take that into consideration when you go first table at 5.15pm.

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Robin Harris

great food and excellent service

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Carolyn Shelbourn

Good quality food in attractive surroundings

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Donna Gaynor

A great experience. We enjoyed a Fabulous meal with great service. We all had two of the smaller dishes and they were all yummy. We can particularly recommend the fried cauliflower and the pork bites, the fried chicken was a hit with my teenage son. The ice cream sundae was so good and the cheesecake was too. We will have to go back again to try more. Thanks guys.

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It’s absolutely gorgeous, we had a table by the window and we were stunned at how beautiful the cafe was. To top it off the food was simply amazing!! The eggs Benedict and venison was just delicious! Definitely going back!

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Excellent food, good service.

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Donna Seyb

Awesome as usual. Great place to dine and have a great time.

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It was a beautiful warm evening so wd sat outside. We have been to the Old Vicerage a few times & the food, service & ambience never waiver.

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The dishes tasted delicious

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Nigel Wall

Great experience from start to finish. The service was attentive but not imposing and the food was to die for! Those pork belly bites are indescribably good. Can't wait to go back again.

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Bronwyn Carpenter

Delightful as always
Can’t fault the service or food
Thanks again for a lovely evening

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Michiko Ward

Although they had a technical problem for the night and we had to wait a bit longer, all the staff were very sincere and we had a great time!
Such a beautiful place and would love to go back.

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Nathan Turner

Great food and service. Very accommodating for families with young children.

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Jake Badger

Great food and service. Was almost charged full price but it was a genuine mistake on the servers part and they fixed it as soon as I pointed it out.

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Kevin Crossen

A great meal as usual but a bit short on variety with the menu.
Service excellent

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Shirley Key

another lovely dining experience

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Fantastic Service and a wonderful meal. Would definitely recommend and go again :-)

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Jill Boraston

We had a lovely meal,great service and lovely atmosphere will be back again.

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Steve Atwood

We were greeted by a very nice young man who was very friendly and accommodating. He showed us to our table and was our waiter. The breakfast was outstanding. A memorable experience.

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My husband and I had the best breakfast ever such lovely staff will be back to try lunch next time.keep up the lovely service

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Fantastic food. Cannot fault it was beautiful.

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Michelle Davis

Food and service excellent!!
Great place for a beautiful meal!!
Great atmosphere

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Good service. Nice place.

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Kemal Erkin

It was the first time for first table. I think I made a good choice to start:) I can suggest lemon pepper calamari, it was really tasty.

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We loved our meal. The options were lovely and we both thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate. We would definitely go again.

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Awesome food and great dining experience. Attentive staff.

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Angela Harvey

Amazing service - fantastic food - will definitely be back again!

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Atmosphere was good, food was ok

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Great food, service and setting. We'll be back

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I can highly recommend the Old Vicarage. It's a really pretty place and the food and service was excellent.

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Elaine van Roon

The meal was delicious, and we didn't have to wait long for it. The grounds are lovely, too.

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Keith Robertson

Awesome place for a fancy dinner out. Really appreciated the food and service.

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We had a great meal. The food was beautiful and the staff very attentive. I really recommend the Old Vicarage as a venue. They have a beautiful cottage garden that is a feast for the eyes and creates a lovely ambience along with the old villa itself. You are able to dine inside or out depending on the weather. Lesley

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Robin Harris

We sat outside on a balmy evening in a lovely garden courtyard.The service was excellent as was the food.I can recommend the old vicarage to anyone who has not had the delight of dining there.

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What a wonderful restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious, 4 clean plates at the end of the meal. Wait staff were very helpful but not intrusive.
I have special dietary requirements and this was not an issue here. I even found a dessert I could have.
Definitely will return.

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Bá Thành Đinh

Great food, great taste, great atmosphere. It is relaxing to listen to bird songs while having dinner

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The food was fantastic, as usual. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. Our favourite restaurant.

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Sarah Louttit

Really lovely environment. Good atmosphere and friendly down to earth staff.
Yummy food

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Raewyn Van Den Akker

Absolutely beautiful food, great chef, busy night too, so full credit to him. Everyone’s meals superb. My pork belly the best I’ve ever had!!
Unfortunately cocktails purchased at the bar let the whole night down....

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Lovely venue and fantastic staff. Really enjoyed our dining experience.

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Shirlee Hull

Wonderful meal food was amazing. Wait staff was very very helpful. Could not have had a nicer time Ten Stars.

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Anna Reeve

Had a meal for four. I couldn't fault the food or the service and would happily return. Lovely venue too

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The service for both drinks and food was quick and the staff friendly.
We shared calamari, salmon pate and polenta chips for entree, they were all tasty and the salmon with fig bread just that little bit different while remaining delicious.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our mains, the venison short rib, the lamb and the pork belly.We were too full for dessert as the portions are generous.
Thoroughly recommend.

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Jofreyn Acayan

We keep coming back. Such high standards and the food was so delicious. We cant fault the service. Always happy to dine at the Old Vicarage. Well done!

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Delicious food, really enjoyed tonight. We were greeted at the door and seated at our table straight away, our drinks order arrived very quickly, followed by our food order. It was a cold rainy night and the smoked salmon was cooked to perfection! That came with the most delicious pumpkin puree with bacon. My husband had the smoked venison that was to die for! I kept stealing nibbles of it. My husband finished the meal with a chocolate caramel cheesecake - beautifully presented. I look forward to coming again!

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Thoroughly enjoyed dining here! Sat outside in the lovely garden area which was very relaxing (& convenient as we had our 11yr old dog with us). The young lady that served us (sorry, can't remember her name!) was very upbeat & checked on us regularly without it being 'too much' :-) Food was absolutely delicious!!! We started with Market Fish Cakes & Lemon Pepper Calamari - both devine. For mains we had Cider Braised Pork Belly & Smoked Venison Short Rib - both were incredibly rich, filling & flavourful. Although we felt there was too much mashed potato on the venison dish, we found the venison itself was fall-off-the-bone & tender - superb! We were only disappointed we couldn't fit any dessert in to finish - we were just too full!!! We would definitely go back again :-)

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Tania Adams

YUM YUM YUM! We have been to The Old Vicarage plenty of times and knew the food would be good. But this time somehow the food got better! The Moroccan Salad was soooooo good! And Hubby loved his Angus steak. Great service as always.

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Amazing food, we had the beef fillet and for dessert tried the caramel cheesecake. Beef fillet and veges were cooked to perfection and the cheesecake was not too sweet, so could finish the whole slice!
Will definitely be back there with first table

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Thoroughly enjoy The Vicarage. Food absolutely brilliant - especially the desserts ! Thank you for another excellent dining experience.

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Cos Jeffery

Lovely food & great service. Very accommodating for vegetarians, thank you. Cheers, Cj

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Food was great (pork belly, groper, lamb chops) as usual, however I would not order polenta fries again. Environment not so good. Loud music and people smoking outside meant smoke fumes came inside. Didn't stay for dessert as a result. Mentioned the cigarette smell to our waitress who replied "where else can they smoke". Have been here before when the service has usually been great. This restaurant needs to warn diners smoking is allowed near the eating areas.

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