Colenso Licensed Cafe


895 State Highway 25
Your Host
Judy and Gary Inglis


Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm

(Closed Christmas and Boxing Day)

Food & Drinks

Drink Offering
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Soft Drink
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate

Useful Tip

Ever changing menu
Colenso Licensed Cafe

What to Expect

An iconic country cafe and gift shop set in a relaxing country environment with al fresco seating among mandarin orchards and herb gardens.
Good quality seasonal food, fresh from local growers is the focus for chef Emily Thomas who is now in charge of the kitchen at Colenso Licensed Cafe. Back from an extended stay overseas, Emily is working alongside her mother and stepfather Judy and Gary Inglis, who've had years of experience in hospitality - and says she's lucky to also have a group of experienced staff.

Colenso, one of the Coromandel Peninsula’s best known establishments with its shop, garden and mandarin orchard, has long been a favourite of locals and holiday visitors.
Emily is indulging her passion for fresh local and seasonal produce and relishes working alongside Colenso's experienced staff who offer a warm and excellent service. Cakes, tarts and quiches are baked fresh and changing menu boards with Emily’s Specials - light lunches, platters, soups and seasonal healthy salads offer an abundance of choice. Many of the old favourites remain and have been given new life with the new chef's little touches. The fresh garnishes come from the cafe’s own gardens.

Colenso is licensed and serves Atomic coffee and a variety of teas. In season we offer our own freshly squeezed mandarin juice.

Stop in for morning or afternoon tea or linger a little longer over lunch and a glass of wine.
Enjoy the country garden cafe setting with summer dining under our plum trees and surrounded by our mandarin orchard.

Coming soon: inside dining in a new gallery setting.

Tranquil garden, kids loved the playground and the donkeys, coffee was great! 
– Sheryl and family


Outdoor Dining at Colenso Cafe
Large juicy mandarins at Colenso Cafe
Colenso Country Cafe
Al Brown's bagel with smoked salmon
Colenso's own preserves
Emily's baked eggs
Colenso pavlova with boysenberries
Welcome to Colenso
Sun dappled garden
Gorgeous greens in the Colenso shop
The white table - just lovely
Country chic
Tony Sly pottery and colourful candles


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The stories we'd heard are all true - loved it! 

Leslie and Dennis
Great aromas from the kitchen garden. Wonderful. 

Nicki and JA
We love coming here, if only we had such a homely, relaxing and inviting concept back home. Fantastic ambience, service and cheer. 

M and M Hope

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