Cuisine: A La Carte
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #1 of 9 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: #1 of 9 restaurants in Taranaki 1
Governors Eatery & Bar
Location: New Plymouth
Cuisine: A La Carte
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

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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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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We thourghly enjoyed our dinner at Governors. The service was excellent and the food was tasty. Would recommend to others.

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Beatrice Eccles

Very good Restaurant and we loved every bit of the yummy food that was given to us. The starters and the entrees were to die for and the desert was just the bees knees! We will def go again. A must if you are in New Plymouth!

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A lovely day to celebrate a friends Birthday. Excellent service. Got greeted professionally and the waitress was lovely. Thank you to the Chefs who work so hard to provided a lovely meal and presented a beautiful dessert with Happy Birthday written in icing on the plate!! Very special. A lovely lunch. Thank you.

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Clair Ferguson

Lovely dining experience for my daughters birthday xx thanks a million

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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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Rachel Edwards

Great service, very tasty food.

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Megan O'Keeffe

Absolutely amazing!! Our table was by the big windows so had a great view of the sunset. Garlic bread is the most delicious I have ever had. Main course I had the fish which melted in my mouth. Dessert was divine! Staff are very friendly and also catered for my pregnant friend by making a mocktail even though they weren't on the drinks menu. By far my favourite place to go for a nice dinner in New Plymouth. Atmosphere is also really nice and not too noisy.

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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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Shelley Wood

It was my daughter's birthday and she has always wanted to go to Governors. I have previously been with my husband and both girls were dying to have the chocolate sphere dessert but unfortunately the menu has changed.
My husband and I both had the 4 course meal and the girls had the children's meal.
The birthday girl got Fish and Chips was advertised with peas and tartare sauce but only had a salad and tomato sauce - the fish itself was great.
My lamb was awesome as was my husband's aged beef. My eldest got the burger and enjoyed hers.
Fantastic service and surprised at how busy it was.

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Anthony Joines

Staff made us feel very welcome and were professional customer service providers. Food was great quality and delicious.

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

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Sandra Riepen

Very pleasant lunch with family, the restaurant was very quiet and the food was delicious. Will be happy to go again

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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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Judy Armstrong

Governors was a perfect venue for our group of ex colleagues to have a catch-up. The atmosphere was very relaxing, staff attentive but not over bearing and the food was very tasty and beautifully presented. We will be back!

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Karen Morine

Superb, fine dining. Succulent, tender lamb and chicken mains. Excellent flavours. Well presented with a good balance of colours.

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Nick Cliffy

had a great night chefs food was spot on bar area was a bit loud but in all we enjoyed it

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Karina Penfold

Meal was great, we had stopped going as the standard had dropped, but new chef and food so much better. Staff were good to.

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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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Michelle Sutton

Great dinner out with the girls. Outstanding food and great service. We felt well looked after. Thank you. We will return in the future.

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Kelly Ng

The place and waitress was nice. Would've been better if she had informed us about the happy hour deals, but anyway the mulled wine was real tasty though. We ordered the duck and aged ribeye, which we both enjoyed. Only thing we didn't like was the hard bacon with coconut oil taste on the steak. The chocolate ganache was yums! Great to get the 50% discount. We'd definitely try more places with First Table

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From the moment we stepped through the doors with local musician providing background music our experience was seamless - top notch service and the beautiful food which was an experience in itself with it's flavours and presentation. We thoroughly enjoyed our first table experience here, I cannot recommend this restaurant more highly.

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The food was fabulous & we had a very relaxing evening

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Jasmine Fernee

Fantastic service, meals where great , they looked beautiful. The desserts were amazing. Will def come back.

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Nice food, great staff.

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Rebecca Childs

Food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Will definitely be back here for dinner.

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Chloe Graham

Liza our waitress showed great enthusiasm for her role. The food was tasty and presented beautifully.

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We had a wonderful meal - gourmet food & friendly but professional service without intrusion. Good selection of wines. Will definitely return!

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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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Jenni Lindsay

Ladies night out!!! My friend and I enjoyed a delicious and beautifully presented meal at Governors. Our waitress was absolutely delightful and very helpful with describing the meals and we both made a perfect choice. Such a lovely evening, thanks very much.

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Joy Josephs

Great night out and food was perfect. Thanks for the excellent service.

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Josh Maniam

Mains were OK - fish did not taste fresh and was slightly overcooked. Dessert was excellent and service top-notch

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Nice and quiet with great food. Had a great evening

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Food was absolutely fantastic and the service was excellent. My friend and I both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Will return again!

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Tastie food, lovely setting, great service.

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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

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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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