What an oasis this place is to find in the desertland that is Tekapo country. Have you ever tried to get a good coffee in Tekapo. What a travesty that with all that wonderful scenery there is no decent coffee in Tekapo. But this place in Fairlie - it's great. We discovered it on our last trip through the lakes and I had a wonderful paella there - and the coffee was good too. Thank you - I could now consider staying at Tekapo and driving to Fairlie each day for a coffee!
Sorry but Coffee wasnt that great Srvice OK bur coffee tasted like Cardboard
Nothing says that New Zealand has changed since the 1980s like eat deli & bar in Fairlie. Driving from Christchurch down to Tekapo, Twizel, Wanaka or Queenstown, it's a nice place to stop and eat and drink. They do a range of deli style food, and have a blazing fire (which is good if it's as cold as it normally is in Fairlie in winter). Pricing is good, and the food is made on premises. A nice touch is the little play area for children, which is nice if you've just driven for a couple of hours from Christchurch (and it keeps the kids happy too....).
Coffee is Underground, which always seems stronger to me, but it's yummy. Fairtrade as well, so you can be excited by that! I have been told that the hot chocolate is very nice also (ain't no watery Milo here.). Service is friendly, even when you wander in covered in mud (should have got those fast fit snow chains...). Highly recommended for anyone going past.
Also, the location allows for many puns - it's "fairly" cheap, it's "fairly" hot, it's "fairly" good, it's fairly fair fare.... Fantastic.