Cuisine: A La Carte
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #2 of 8 restaurants in Taranaki

Located on the corner of Hobson and Leach Streets, Governors is the restaurant and bar attached to the Novotel Hobson Hotel in New Plymouth.

Whilst living up to the international standards you’d expect from this global brand, the chefs have focussed on regional cuisine showcasing the very best fresh produce from the Taranaki area. Enjoy tasty New Zealand dishes from the al a carte menu.

The eatery boasts outdoor and indoor seating; large windows let sunlight flood in, making it a bright and sunny spot for an early evening meal any time of year. Coupled with a relaxing atmosphere and a well-stocked range of beers and New Zealand wines, Governors Eatery and Bar is a great place to enjoy local cuisine in New Plymouth.

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Governors Eatery & Bar
48 Hobson Street
New Plymouth 4312

Open Hours:
Breakfast from 5am – 10am
Lunch from 11am to 3 pm
Dinner from 6pm till 10pm.

Phone: +64 6 769 9579
Website: www.hobsonhotel.co.nz/governors/

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Ranked: #2 of 8 restaurants in Taranaki 2
Governors Eatery & Bar
Location: New Plymouth
Cuisine: A La Carte
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

The food was amazing, I would highly recommend going there for lunch. Kids menu was good as well, will definitely be coming back soon!

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Dianne Somers

Best 80th birthday my husband could have wished for. Lovely service, great food, staff made him feel really special.
Good job well done !!

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Excellent experience. We were greeted and seated in no time wait. We ordered drinks and looked over the menu. Any questions were answered and we ordered . Our mains were of the finest experience.The deserts were out of this world. Would highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back.

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Jenni Lindsay

We had a lovely evening at Governors last night; it was a sunny evening so it was delightly to sit in the window and look out at the view. Everything we ordered was delicious and everyone enjoyed their meals very much, very generous servings too. Thanks Governors J&J

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Tess Bbs

We chose 2x four course set menus and 2 kids meals. They were ALL delicious! Service was great, didn’t have to wait long for meals, good portion sizes and the kids ate all their food (has to be a good sign!) Would recommend to all.

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Had a lovely lunch for our mother’s 80th birthday. Luke the waiter went above and beyond to make our lunch very special. Governors is very lucky to have such professional, friendly and funny staff.

Thanks to all who created such a memorable lunch.

Mark
Wellington

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Paul Phillips

Our experience was of a high standard as expected from a Novotel, the meal was absolutely perfect, restaurant staff exceeded my expectations,( when I heard a restaurant staff member offer another table to some guests because of the sun glare through the window at that time of the evening), well done will definitely dine there again.

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Claire Sheerin

The food was lovely and our waiter was attentive but unobtrusive. He was also very knowledgeable about the menu. We were unsure what puffed rice was and he brought us a sample from the kitchen to try.
I really enjoyed our evening

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Carolynne Masson

This is honestly the most wonderful find in New Plymouth! We had a lovely window seat, The service was amazing with attentive staff, a great variety of choices on the menu and the food....divine! We opted for the $79 four course option, wow...talk about party in our mouths! We particularly loved the beef tartar with wasabi, the fish ceviche, the pork croquettes, the aged beef, the fish, the salted chocolate ganache and the apple feast!! We would highly recommend Governors for a fine dining experience, we will most certainly be back!

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This was a awesome family dining experience with delicious food thank you

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Vivienne Cox

Lovely atmosphere and looked after by staff very well. Highly recommend the Devine food and experience. Find out for yourselves, you won’t regret it

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Kelly Ng

We went to Governors to celebrate my birthday and it was such a treat! The confit duck croquette was delicious, and the chef gave an extra portion with compliments for my birthday. The lamb backstrap and fish en papillote were really tasty as well, and the lemon cheesecake was divine. Great service from the waitress and even got a birthday card from the Governors team! Truly memorable experience. Would definitely go back again with First Table!

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A warm welcome, and great service throughout the meal.
Food was artistically presented and a delight to consume.
A pleasant, enjoyable lunch time had.

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Raymond McKie

We had an outstanding night out, we are not foodies by any stretch, however the food was amazing. The combination of flavours, colour and texture was perfect. We had entree, main and dessert, which in some places you couldn't do because the main would be to bulky and filling. We loved the fact that we weren't bloated but very satisfied with the experience of eating great food. The service was very good and very attentive.

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Wow Wow Wow, what a great experience it was, we really enjoyed every second. the staff was so helpful and friendly, from the moment we entered the restaurant till the moment we left. the food was Amazing and so tasteful. the Cocktails was to die for. Governors is a Highly recommended restaurant and we will definitely be back for more. this was a Sunday Lunch to remember and First Table make this possible. thank you

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Wow, awesome dining experience at Governors Eatery. The service was great. The food was even better. Loved the confit duck croquette. We had the lamb backstrap and slow cooked pork ragu mains and they were sensational. We shared dessert - salted chocolate ganache + baked bread and butter pudding - so delicious. I would highly recommend eating here. Take a full wallet though.

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We had a fantastic evening last Friday celebrating our 44th Wedding Anniversary at the Governors Restaurant and thought the friendly service was excellent & was worthy of a special mention. Thank you also to the chief who made a special dessert platter for us, nice touch. Thank you all once again.

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Anne Martin

Absolutely delicious birthday meal, my partner and I both ordered steak one medium and one medium rare and they were both cooked to perfection!! The service was great the staff were all well mannered and helpful. I'd definitely love to eat here again. Thank you

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Tom Moses

Didn't know what to expect going into a hotel restaurant, but Governors may be our new favourite spot. I am almost reluctant to make this review public as I want it to be our secret. Firstly, the restaurant was fairly quiet but with an excess of staff, so great service fast. The food was incredible, I am still thinking of the crispy chicken almost a week later. I would go back just for this. Overall very recommended.

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Staff were really nice and informative. We all enjoyed our food except the chicken wasn't on par like the lamb or steak was. Variety on menu was great we tried a little bit of everything. Love the atmosphere and decor of the place. Would definitely recommend

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Daisy Capon

I am a foodie! I know what is good and I know what isn't good. But our experience at Governors was 10/10. The best I have had in a long time! As soon as we walked in we were greeted with a lovely smile and taken to our seat, We ordered some yummy cocktails and had some complimentary olives, they were delicious. When our mains came out the presentation was just emaculate. Everything was perfect right down to the last detail. Our steak was cooked medium rare. We couldn't fault anything. We will definitely be back and we will recommend you to all our family and friends. Thanks

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Jenni Lindsay

Another excellent and very enjoyable evening at Governors; we went with friends this time and they also thought it was a lovely place to eat. We all very much enjoyed our meals, the lamb is amazing!, the vegetables beautifully presented and delicious. Desserts divine :) Thanks to the very attentive and courteous staff. Compliments to the chef :)

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Ali Brown

Our experience at Governors was amazing! The food was incredible and the service was too! To be honest it was one of the best Steak meals I have had! The serving size was huge, we loved everything about our experience here and will most definitely be back

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Jenni Lindsay

Another lovely evening at Governors Eatery and Bar; the only problem was repeated menu envy!! I had the delicious lamb dish as it had looked so good on someone elses plate last time but the organic chicken looked equally amazing this time ;) So that will be my next meal :) And we ordered the Rocky Road Sphere just to see what it looked like; it looked amazing and tasted even better! The staff, as always, were courteous, attentive and friendly without being over-bearing.

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Karen Teo

Can see why this is the No.1 dining spot in New Plymouth and rightly so - impeccable service and food was totally out-of-this-world! The pumpkin soup is perfect for this weather, gin cured salmon was refreshing, beef fillet was cooked to perfection and the desserts (chocolate sphere and coffee creme brûlée) were both amazing that I wished that I had room for both of them. Will definitely be back and highly recommended!

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Ariel Chuang

We had a great time dining at Governors yesterday! The ambience of the restaurant was really lovely and the staff were superb.
My partner had the pork belly as a main, which she said was delicious and I had the eye fillet- again, cooked to perfection. We also shared the gin-cured salmon as a starter and this was a great way to start the palette! We finished of by sharing a coffee creme brûlée and this was just the perfect way to finish a lovely evening of food.

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Pauline Hutchins

Warm relaxed greeting on arrival and it was a beautiful fine dining experience, we ordered the duck, salmon and venison for entrees - divine. And then fresh pasta, pork belly and lamb as mains together with baby beets etc. Truly beautifully prepared and executed. Then chocolate spheres for dessert for all 3 of us but I couldn't eat mine - so full :) but another of our party stepped up
A+ Highly recommended

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Awesome meal, didn't have room for dessert

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Helen Rowland

Fantastic meal. It was a special occasion so we wanted a treat and we got one. Attentive service, food to die for. I felt like the whole experience enhanced our celebration. I would definitely go to Governors again.

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Lisa Floyd

Governors was a very relaxing enjoyable dining experience. From the moment we entered we were greeted with a smile and professional service from our waiter Luke who remained attentive and friendly throughout our lunch visit. The food was devine, very flavourful without being too heavy. Overall our lunch was just what we were looking for.

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Christopher Dodunski

The food was delicious, and the environment relaxing. It's our 4th or 5th meal there, and that's a clear endorsement in itself. We will be back!

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steven george

Fantastic food as always

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The food was amazing, I would highly recommend going there for lunch. Kids menu was good as well, will definitely be coming back soon!

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Great meal. Lovely waitress who did her best to answer all of our questions. Loved the apple feast dessert

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Sue Broughton

We had a great night at Governors. The atmosphere food and service were first class. Superb food.

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Maria Kruse

Thank you for the lovely dining experience. The food was top notch, absolutely cooked to perfection. The staff very friendly and helpful.

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Delicious food and we'll portioned. Pricey but worth it. Great service and delicious cocktails! Will definitely be back.

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OMG... delicious!!!!
Mussell entree was Devine... well done!
Highly recommend

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Jeff Poole

It was great food, great service and great location. Sitting with the big doors open on a sunny day was perfect. Lots of parking. Worth a visit.

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Very enjoyable dining

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Audrey Weir

Beautiful food. So many flavours. I had the lamb and I think it would be the best lamb dish I’ve had for a long time. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly.

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Very nice food.

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Fantastic meal and service - the desserts were fabulous!

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Erin Sulzberger

Excellent service and atmosphere. Food was nice but menu limited and a little on the pricey side (if paying full price).

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Tess Bbs

We each ordered the 4 course meal and shared our meals so that we could try everything. It was all delicious and we loved everything! The service was great and the passionfruit mojito = perfection!

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Aimee Watkins

A great experience. The food was very tasty and every morsel was eaten from our plates, including a 6 and 4 year old, now that's saying something! Will definitely done here again, thank you Governors Eatery and Bar.

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Lovely night out. Prompt service. Meals could have been a bit larger but well presented.Thank you

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Raymond McKie

Fantstic time yet again, such a great venue for a small party of four. The food was great, and the service was excellent.

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Sylvia Consadine

Excellent meal great seevice

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Campbell Foreman

Food was cooked perfectly, well worth the price

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Lynn Gilbert-Smith

The service was excellent and the food was first class.

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Carolyn Ravek

Outstanding service and food.

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Jennifer Tresidder

Fantastic dinner, food was amazing, wine was yummy. Food out in good time, staff really lovely and a beautiful environment to enjoy with friends and family. Definitely going back.

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Echo Herewini

Whenever we have a special family event we always go to Governors. It's our go to place and our little girl loves it there. Service is always friendly and the food is yummy! Atmosphere is lovely too. Highly recommend!!

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service was very good especially from Lucky, and the lamb was delicious. the steak was the best we have had for a very long time! Highly recommend

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Zoë Cunningham

Great food and beautiful restaurant. We can not fault it and we are already talking about coming back.

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Fiona Mansell

Excellent meal and service. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Bruce Somers

Great service the food was ok

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All great

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My husband and I dined at Governors while holidaying in New Plymouth. While there, we were treated to a first class meal with impeccable service from very attentive staff. When a large party arrived, the staff noticed the increase in the noise level and shifted us to a quieter part of the restaurant. My husband was also spoilt by a complementary dessert in honour of his Birthday. We couldn't fault the meal or service and would definitely return to dine here again.

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Very nice food & excellent service

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Jacki Mc

My 2nd time at Govenors and I can say the experience I had was fantastic.. The food on point. Delicious and beautifully presented.. Thank you

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Jeff Poole

The food was innovative and interesting and the service attentive. It is worth exploring the menu and trying some different things. Beautiful ceviche and a lamb tartare.

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The four of us had a wonderful experience dining at Governors last evening. It was my first time there and I was blown away with the superbly prepared and presented dishes, the menu selection, service and comfortable surroundings. Two of us had the beef, one the lamb and one the fish, and we each raved about the perfection of our meals. Using a First Table benefit made it a fantastic value, I can't wait to go back.

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선영 이

The best restaurant experience in NP by far!

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Shelley Wood

We were celebrating my eldest finishing primary school and visually we were not disappointed. The meals looked and tasted fantastic - unfortunately my youngest got the vommiting bug 5 seconds after arriving so spoilt the night so will just have to return to try again.

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Grete Clare

Prompt service and delicious food.

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Thank you for the excellent service from our barman/waiter and to the chefs for our beautifully presented and very tasty food. We had a friend with us who travels the globe frequently and she was very impressed with the Decor, food and service. Thanks for a lovely evening. One hint ..... as it gets busy at 5pm on a Thursday and Friday having two people serve from 5pm would be a positive step as their was only one person on trying to do the bar, serve drinks and take food orders with at least 15 people and more coming in. He was an exceptional waiter and did an excellent job not being phased but I have seen this happen every time we have been in. Many thanks and appreciate a lovely place to bring our guests.

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Jocelyn Andrews

I always enjoy the flavors of their food but was not impressed with the piece of belly flap dished up with my mains - the lamb. This is the second time we have had a major while dining there and we are not tempted to go back,.

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Kathryn Ham

Delicious food and Great Service
Thank you from Kathryn Lionel and Joss

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Dianne Somers

Best 80th birthday my husband could have wished for. Lovely service, great food, staff made him feel really special.
Good job well done !!

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Excellent experience. We were greeted and seated in no time wait. We ordered drinks and looked over the menu. Any questions were answered and we ordered . Our mains were of the finest experience.The deserts were out of this world. Would highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back.

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Absolutely fantastic food. We all loved our meals and also wonderful service. Thanks- and we will come back.

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Anne Richardson

Lovely food and great service. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Govenors. Would recommend this restaurant to all.

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Jenni Lindsay

We had a lovely evening at Governors last night; it was a sunny evening so it was delightly to sit in the window and look out at the view. Everything we ordered was delicious and everyone enjoyed their meals very much, very generous servings too. Thanks Governors J&J

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Tess Bbs

We chose 2x four course set menus and 2 kids meals. They were ALL delicious! Service was great, didn’t have to wait long for meals, good portion sizes and the kids ate all their food (has to be a good sign!) Would recommend to all.

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Clair Ferguson

even better than last time - we had the same food but it was more delicious - good on you for perfecting your dishes and making the dining experience absolutely phenomenal

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