Cuisine: A La Carte
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #1 of 10 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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Governors Eatery & Bar
Location: New Plymouth
Cuisine: A La Carte
Mains: $25 - $35+

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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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We had a wonderful evening. Food, ambiance and service were all exquisite.

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Helen Rollo

Love our night out at Governors! Great service from all staff and we all enjoyed our meals.

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Great service and food

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Anna Moore Langford

Service was awesome.... having a meal out with a young family is a challenge and they were fab at getting food served promptly and giving the kids theirs a little earlier.
The kids meals were awesome although we should have asked for no dressing on the salad. Adult mains were really nice. Meat was cooked to perfection (the lamb and venison) and the vegetables were... interesting. Not sure if I'm sold on charred veggies. The only negative would be the potatoes.ts no something we would order again but the other sides were lovely.

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Zoe Davies

The atmosphere and staff were exceptional but unfortunately my friends and I did not enjoy the food, the portions were small and we didn’t enjoy the flavours at all.

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Great Service, however, the food wasn't up to its usual high standard, I understand the head chef is on holiday.

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Jolene Donnelly

Delicious food exceptional service will be back to dine again

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Phillippa Thompson

Great food and awesome service! They only reason I'm giving 4/5 for food is because the salmon for entree was only bite size which was really disappointing although cooked perfectly

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Helen Rollo

My first choice on the menu wasn't available but lamb was a good second choice. Great service topped off a lovely meal.

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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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Amazing food, great company, great service! Highly recommended for that special occasion.

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Jenny Cooksley

Delicious food. great service

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Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend to others.

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Jenny Thornhill

Food was outstanding, very impressed.

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Have long wanted to dine here and certainly wasn’t disappointed. All four of us had fabulous meals with excellent, friendly service (the mulled wine was amazing too). Definitely recommend :)

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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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Overpriced for a lunch menu, small portion size, long waits for food.

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Karina Penfold

We have been here quite a few times and they have changed the menu which didn't have as many good options and maybe the chef as things were not to there usual standard.

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Paula Martin

A very nice, relaxed evening. A lovely meal in a great atmosphere.

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Leah Wells

Stunning looking food!!

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Good food. Good service but the room was cold

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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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Sandra Street

Fine dining! Food was amazing, service was impeccable. Will definitely be back.

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Amazing food will definitely be going back!! Congrats to the team at Governors, what a great experience.

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Storm Murphy

TJ had great friendly service. Would dine again when the menu changes next!

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Lovely food and service

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Great evening
Very helpful thoughtful staff very nice meal

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Darryl Hodson

Early dinner sitting at 5:30pm, staff were very attentive from the outset. We were surprised by the quality of the food which we were told was a new menu. Delicate flavours, wide selection of meals and styles, but an overarching blanket of quality throughout. Not one disappointing moment or plate. The service remained consistently throughout even as the busy-ness rose with growing numbers. Could do nothing but recommend it heartily.

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Michelle Ross

Was first rate, staff were friendly & very attentive (but not over the top). The waiter even considered the kids (aged 3 & 10). Food was beautiful, both appearance & taste - will definitely dine there again.

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Jeff Poole

Food was amazing. An interesting menu with great use of local produce. The mussel entree was amazing. Food came out in a timely fashion. Service was good but not up to the level of the food. Would recommend Governors.

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We enjoyed the salad and the fish and chips. Very good service but meals are on the $ end. Didn't have much options in the lunch menu.

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Service was good until we found the risotto rice was uncooked and my partner ended up chewing on a strip of plastic from the Pork Ragu. If she had swallowed it she could have choked and a piece of plastic like this would likely have to lodged in her throat and not coughed back up.
We gave them a chance to respond and they offered:an apology, free Ragu (they claimed that was the last of that batch of pork...so who was lucky there) two free deserts but no free risotto (uncooked, which they admitted, and watery).
disappointing and embarrassing.

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Anna Pease

Thanks for the great dinner.

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Helen Rollo

We keep returning to Governors as their food and service is so good!

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Food was great.

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Janice Johnston

There was a slight muck up with payment but they were quick to rectify this. The food was really lovely and sooooo tasty. I can't wait to go back and try something else!!!! Since half the meal was covered, I tried something I had never eaten before and was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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Sue Broughton

The food was excellent. Service was very good. The only real complaint was the size of the entrees which was very small. Mains and desserts were great.

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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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Ali Brown

Impeccable service and gorgeous food! Love love love this place

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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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Wonderful food and service. Very relaxing- thank you
Gary and Kumari

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Absolutely fantastic food and service. Delicious!! Great kids menu and very welcoming.

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Karina Penfold

Everything was excellent.

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Heather Stewart

I've been to Governors quite afew times and this was the absolute best ever. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was outstanding. We all had generous portions and everything was cooked to perfection. Sentational dinning experience, we will be back again & again and will be telling all our friends. THANK YOU GOVERNORS and FIRST TABLE

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Janis Little

The dessert of Coffee Brulee was absolutely wonderful.

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Sandra Sole

We were there for our 37th wedding anniversary
The service and food was outstanding.
Will definitely dine at Governors again

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Whenua Capon

Great food, great atmosphere. Had a ball. Will be back. Thanks!

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Nice meal, excellent service

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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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