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Farm Barn Cafe

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4 Mt Michael Road, Fairlie 7987, New Zealand
+64 3-685 8271
09:00 - 16:00
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Tue 09:00 - 14:00
Wed - Mon 09:00 - 16:00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what a delight to stop off here. On a beautiful sunny day the views from the cafe were fantastic. Great selection of food, good coffee and friendly service. Cafe impeccably clean. Wonderful browsing in shop where fair prices are charged. We made two clothing purchases and very happy with what we bought and price paid. This cafe at least... More 

Thank Andrew T
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've driven past this place a lot on our way Chch - south. We stopped with visiting family in February and I've been back twice more since. Once you realise how great this place is, it's worth factoring into your journey plans. Friendly staff, great coffee (my father-in-law declared his hot chocolate the best he'd ever tasted). Nice variety of... More 

Thank Clare M
Ellie M, Manager at Farm Barn Cafe, responded to this review

Excellent news to hear that you now take the time to stop, in and have made regular stops with us on your travels South :) See you again soon! More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on our drive from Christchurch to Queenstown. We just happened upon it and are so glad we did. Such a cosy welcoming place, warm fire lighting, comfortable couches and a beautiful view. The selection of cakes was impressive, all baked in house. We had a variety, lemon cake, walnut coffee slice, oat slice and a clean cocoa and... More 

Thank tonerlyj
Ellie M, Manager at Farm Barn Cafe, responded to this review

So happy to hear that you had such a lovely time with us! Our lemon cake is definitely our most popular cake and nothing beats coffe and cake in front of the warm inviting fire. Hopefully see you again soon to try more cake.. :) More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This cafe is a cozy little hidden gem in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful views, friendly staff, great ambiance and really good food. The steak pie specially was absolutely delicious!!! Highly recommended if it's own your way or even with a little detour.

Thank Guneet M
Queensland, Australia
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on our way to Tekapo. We loved it. It is in such a nice spot amongst the mountains & not far off the path to Tekapo. The food was yummy & reasonably priced & the staff were welcoming & friendly. Exactly what you want & need in a drop in cafe.

Thank stacey_306
Ellie M, Manager at Farm Barn Cafe, responded to this review

We love hearing that you enjoyed your stop with us at our special little cafe surrounded by incredible views :) thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review. More 

Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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360 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Came across the Farm Barn Café by chance en-route from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch, the nearest town is Fairlie. We just wanted a coffee and snack. We had excellent coffee and the best blueberry muffins we had in New Zealand. The café has lovely views of the countryside and a lovely atmosphere. We enjoyed looking around the gift shop within... More 

Thank susan m
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Well i have to say a had a spiffing time !Fantaaaaastic atmosphere, lovely staff, lovely views, lovely food... bloody lovely! Best coffee I've had in a while!

Thank Carinya B
Ellie M, Manager at Farm Barn Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such positive feedback. Chuffed to bits! Hopefully see you again next time! More 

Miami, Florida
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We were driving from Queenstown to Christchurch and stubble across this gem on our way. Everyone is super friendly, the food was good and what a great atmosphere. Stop here if you're driving by!!

Thank Alex B
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to stop. GREAT service. Lovely food. Good coffee. Lovely views and well stocked gift shop. Will stop again. Preferable to Tekapo.

Thank Qualityexpectation
Ellie M, Manager at Farm Barn Cafe, responded to this review

Brilliant news that you will be stopping with us again! :) thank you and see you next time! And I'm sure on your next stop you will notice even more changes to our outdoor landscaping :) More 

Lake Macquarie, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The staff help create the warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The food is imaginative, different and deliciously cooked on the premises! Farm Barn Cafe is situated in the countryside just a few kilometres outside Fairlie. There were a wonderful range of souvenirs which are mostly locally produced including clothing, cosmetics, woollen rugs, good quality tea towels, jewellery, homemade jams and... More 

Thank mryan12016
Ellie M, Manager at Farm Barn Cafe, responded to this review

Such lovely kind words, thank you. We are so happy to hear that you loved all three visits to the cafe! ☺ you must definitely come back and say hello when you are here in NZ next. Take care More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 14:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Mt Michael Road, Fairlie 7987, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Fairlie
  • Phone Number: +64 3-685 8271
The Farm Barn is a wonderful cafe in the country, surrounded by stunning mountains and farm land. We offer a variety of foods, drinks, baking and light meals including the famous Fairlie Bakehouse Pies and Denheath Custard Squares. Everything is homemade using the best quality ingredients. We also have a great selection of New Zealand made clothing and souvenirs including possum/merino knitwear and much more. Relax in the country atmosphere and enjoy the warmth of our logburner fire in the Winter. We provide a large car parking area. FREE WIFI is also a bonus!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?