Shaky Bridge Vineyard Cafe’

Overlooked by the famous Alexandra clock, with the Shaky bridge, directly across the road, sits the Shaky Bridge Vineyard Cafe. Built of mud brick, with inside or outdoor seating, the cafe had an appealing menu. After ordering at the counter, we chose an indoor table as the breeze had a slight bone chilling cut through it on this particular morning.

Quirky furniture marries well with the simple art pieces adorning the walls. All tasteful, with nothing overdone. There are a couple of rooms inside to choose from, the one we picked had a large fireplace on the end wall.

The service here was friendly, however quite a lot slower than anywhere else we had visited. Talking to the locals, it appeared this was well known, with the service tending to usually be slower. On the other hand however, if you are looking for somewhere to kick back and take your time over a meal, coffees or drinks, then this is the place for you. I could certainly see this being a bonus whilst enjoying a very tempting wine one sunny afternoon!👍

There was certainly nothing wrong with the food, with hubby enjoying his Eggs Benedict, pictured below. Apparently it was delicious and teamed well with his iced coffee.

On this occasion I wasn’t hungry, being more than happy to enjoy a delicious green tea. Another coffee at the table, mocha chino, was apparently ok but nothing spectacular. Overall though, this was an enjoyable place to enjoy a quiet breakfast.

You may feel inclined to walk off your meal with a climb up to the clock, as a few people seemed to be enjoying. Or, perhaps if you take a stroll first, over the shaky bridge or up the hill, you will work up an appetite for the delicious meal to follow.

There is a lookout up the hill too, you can take a drive or wander up here for some spectacular views across Alexandra. Enjoy the views, a walk, then kick back here to wile away an afternoon. Sounds wonderful!

The vineyard attached, includes one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the area. Red wine, teamed with something tempting from the cafe…seems to be setting the scene for a relaxing afternoon!


The Courthouse Cafe, Alexandra, NZ

Nestled in between buildings, lies the Courthouse Cafe, originally built as a Courthouse in 1876. This building and setting, has been brought back to life, before reopening as the Courthouse Cafe & Bar, in. Alexandra.

The inside is adorned with fresh flowers, which I was told, they keep refreshing. The beauty of being surrounded by tasteful flower arrangements, would help take the edge off the Courthouse setting, if you perhaps had previous experience with a venue like this prior to being a cafe….😄

Here you are judge & jury, with a fabulous selection of fresh foods to choose from. Indoor or outdoor seating is available, with umbrellas shading the outside tables. Plenty of room between table settings here.

Each meal has been tastefully designed, with the fresh flower theme continuing in the meal design. Eggs with bacon above were fresh and tasty. Certainly no complaints, the meals were great and the service was pleasant, with very little wait time.

Tea was presented with the cup and teapot sitting proudly, side by side, on their own tray..


I trialled the field mushrooms above. Delicious. All of these meals were stacked high, packed with plenty of fresh produce, very filling.

Hubby enjoyed his Judges Breakfast, which he teamed with a very tempting, iced coffee. Arriving at the table in a mini glass milk urn, this was packed to the brim, almost to the point of overflowing


A lot of thought has been put into the presentation of the food, drink and surroundings here. You may want to judge this one for yourself 👍.