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Beechnest Drive, Saint Arnaud 7053, New Zealand
+64 3-521 1040
09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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Newcastle, Australia
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A quick coffee and a Rasberry cake for the road. The cake is a but try it is very yum (couldn't wait for the photo had to eat it) Coffee tasted good as it looked

Thank Da_Dutchy_64
Auckland, New Zealand
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place was new and smart and clean. The woman behind the counter was a bit inappropriate in calling us "lovey" and "darling" and the range of food was not what we were looking for but we opted for the soup and were well satisfied with it. It was a shame the bread that accompanied it was a couple of... More 

Thank Jackie A
Saint Arnaud, New Zealand
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eaten here three times now, every time great food and top service. It is so good to have a quality cafe/restaurant in the area. Using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients their dishes really hit the spot. Top marks to Angelina and Sebastien.

Thank DBwan
Wellington, New Zealand
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183 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's lucky to have such a little gem of a cafe in a tiny town. We went there for dinner last Saturday night (I think it might only open one or two evenings a week for dinner) and it was gorgeous. The service was excellent, and the food was high quality. We had three courses and while all were good,... More 

Thank travelyun
Blenheim, New Zealand
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a lovely welcome here when we pulled up here for lunch... selection from the cabinet was great & we enjoyed our food. I ordered an Iced coffee which was only average with no cream on top. A little disappointing for me.

Thank 61Foodie61
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

I had the smoked prawn flatbread and my wife has the pulled pork sandwich. Both were excellent, way better than we were expecting from a random roadside cafe. If you're passing then it's well worth stopping in.

Thank Nojdemo2
Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This licensed restaurant tries hard in this small village. The owners are friendly and hospitable . The food is interesting and tasty. They are open for breakfast , lunch, coffee and tea . They offer dinner to the general public currently only on Saturday .

Thank jronkowski
Cork, Ireland
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Had lunch here on a recent visit to Nelson Lakes NP. Everything is homemade on site, even the breads, and quality, flavours, and presentation were first-class. Burger of goatmeat with a cucumber/yoghurt dressing was great. Looking forward to next visit.

Thank chemtraveller
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Found this place by chance an excellent cup of tea and piece of carrot cake, coffee also excellent. Plenty of choices, facilities clean staff very friendly.

Thank Peter V
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198 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We went for a late breakfast but had to settle for the lunch menu as we were too late (11.30). However that didn't turn out to be a problem, as we found several interesting dishes on the menu to turn it into brunch. The food was all delicious, and the coffee was very good. There was also a decent selection... More 

Thank MikePatx

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 22
European, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beechnest Drive, Saint Arnaud 7053, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Saint Arnaud
  • Phone Number: +64 3-521 1040
Here at Clinker Café we believe in making everything ourselves - from the bacon right down to the pesto. We know exactly what has gone into every element of a dish. There are no packets in our pantry, no readymade product, no frozen meals. Every dish has been created from the heart and soul, flavours born to be together mingle in peace and harmony. Our food is not fast food. It is vibrant, healthy, simple food done well, and takes time to prepare. We believe eating out should be an experience, food should look amazing, smell amazing and taste amazing. Good food, like great cheese, should not be rushed - anticipation is part of the fun... We serve Breakfast and Lunch, and Dinner can be arranged on certain days with a booking - please call to discuss.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?