The Apothecary Licensed Eatery
- Mon – Tues 7:30am – 4pm
- Wed – Fri 7:30am – Midnight
- Sat 8am – Midnight
- Sun 8am – 11pm
- Children's Menu
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Wedding Functions
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: Cash
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 120
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
The stunning vintage fit-out at Howick’s newest eating establishment is entirely authentic. The Apothecary Licensed Eatery operates in the heart of Howick, as a lively wine bar, a daytime cafe, plus evening bistro dining on Thursday & Friday nights.
This collector’s dream space, has been painstakingly created for you by Owner-Operator Ted Waters, the antiques dealer from next door at ‘The Antiques Shop’.
The Apothecary Cafe includes Button-back leather seats, vintage paraphernalia of all description, and they even have a humidor!
Bookings are available only for Private Functions, which are more than welcome!
44 Reviews for The Apothecary Licensed Eatery
Will happily go again.
Menu wasn’t huge though covered all meats and vegetarian options. Will definitely return
Visited January 2014
This time. The barrister & serving person so busy having their own conversation while we stood there waiting to be served, we walked out, never to return.
Plenty more cafes in Howick with better & more friendly service.
None of the cabinet or counter items were priced, neither was the coffee (isn’t this a legal requirement?). At least one cabinet item was not labelled at all.
I had a frittata with very little flavour other than that added by the chutney. My friend was equally unenthusiastic about her savoury muffins.
We both found our long blacks quite bitter.
The service was prompt and pleasant.
Visited July 2013
We ordered our meals and coffees and were told it would take 15 minutes which we accepted as we had an hour available so no problems. We sat and waited, and waited and waited. After 20 minutes our coffees arrived (without saucers or teaspoons) but still no food. As we continued to wait we heard the family next to us ask for a refund as they were fed up of waiting. We waited another 35 minutes before giving up and also asking for a refund. No apology was given and I would have thought they would have refunded us for the cold coffees along with the missing meals to apologise for the inconvenience but apparently not. We left hungry and furious. My day in Auckland with my mother was absolutely ruined.
I would not recommend anyone waste their time or money here.
My friend drives the 30mins to go here as she loves it so much
Anyway as a regular during the day at the main cafe the extended resturant/ bar did not disapoint and overall another example of Howick stepping up to the plate as a great destination for a great night out. Well done Apothecary we are regular movie buffs and plan plenty of future visits to your fine establishment. Keep up the good work !
The coffee was nice but there is heaps of good coffee in Howick.
Disappointing first visit as I had heard good things. Would go back but won’t be eating the eggs Benedict!!
Visited September 2012
I’ve not seen such a unique fit-out as this anywhere: resplendent with antiquey nick-knacks, the place is charming, and somehow remains uncluttered. The bird-cages and boats, the pictures and oddities and all sorts of interesting things to look at.
An excellent coffee, and a great vibe.
They sell a beer in a large bottle not sure of the name but it is about 8%, more than 2 and you may be carried out, they also sell Cleveden Hills Syrah.
Well done to Ted and Jill for bringing it off, as a resident of Howick for 28 years it was needed.
The coffee was excellent but the food certainly let them down.
A word of warning, beware of the rear door, it’s a wind tunnel and could certainly cause an accident with the elderly – and it wasn’t even windy.
Visited July 2012
The food is magnificent, creative, original and very very tasty. The décor plunges you back into a positively twee era; a fine blend of artistic cool and sophistication. The problem is the service (on more than one occasion). This aspect has left me vexed and seething. Initially, it’s very good; they take your order promptly and serve your coffee sharpish. The problem lies with the bumbling waiting staff. Last Saturday my eggs benedict turned up like the ‘Guns of the Navaho’. They were slick and stylish and had hollandaise sheen to die for. The problem though, and herein lies the rub, was that my partner’s salmon affair was a no show. A no show. Humpf! After 20 odd minutes I turned around to the lad and explained my exasperation. He just replied: “It’s not my fault”. Now, call me old fashioned, but that response is a completely unacceptable stance from a food place. That chap, at that time, was the ‘face of the place’ in that moment, and he was in the wrong. They were in the wrong! Bad form!
Now, I’ve been there with my kids also. And they do cater for the wee nippers with a plethora of choices on the kids menu.. But again, they simply forgot the order. It’s unacceptable behaviour from a restaurant.
This place has got the food and décor right. They don’t, however, have a clue about service, and general waiting etiquette.
Sort it out!
The atmosphere was really good for a late evening, chilled-out drink in Howick. Very unique setting, surrounded by antiques and curios.
Tried the Organic Pilsener from Dunedin (name escapes me) and it was excellent.
Shared a plate of the sticky ginger ribs. They were delicious!
Good, friendly service. Will definitely be back — maybe fairly regularly!