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In Masterton, Café Cecille, Queen Elizabeth Park (tel. 06/370-1166; www.cafececille.co.nz), has a great reputation for service and lamb and beef dishes. It's open Monday through Friday 10am until late, and weekends 9am until late. Entice Café, Bruce & Dixon streets (tel. 06/377-3166; www.entice.co.nz), serves delicious Fair Trade coffee and food with a Mediterranean flavor.

In Greytown, Main Street Deli Café, 88 Main St. (tel. 06/304-9022), is open daily for all meals and continues to attract a team of happy regulars. Across the road you'll find a fabulous array of baked goods and good coffee at the French Baker, 81 Main St. (tel. 06/304-9569). Vintage Tea Rooms, 101 Main St. (tel. 06/304-9073), will take you back to the golden era of Devonshire and high teas. It's open daily from 10am to 4pm. Salute, 83 Main St. (tel. 06/304-9825; www.salute.net.nz), is always a reliable stop for a tasty lunch; in summer you can dine outside.

Just out of Featherston village, the Tin Hut, State Highway 2, Tauherenikau (tel. 06/308-9697), gets rave reviews from the locals for its excellent pub-style fare in a revamped interior - traditional Kiwi pub meets French Country - and barnyard animals will be a hit with the kids.

In Martinborough, the Village Café, the Wine Centre, Kitchener Street (tel. 06/306-8814), serves up tasty food and some of the region's best wine and cheeses. Wendy Campbell's French Bistro, 3 Kitchener St. (tel. 06/306-8863), is a small, charming spot with a menu that changes daily. It's open Wednesday through Sunday from 6pm. Est Wine Bar, 8 Memorial Sq. (tel. 06/306-9665; www.est.org.nz), is another culinary gem that shouldn't be missed. It's open Wednesday through Friday 11am until late. Try their rabbit flavored with thyme and juniper. The classy vineyard restaurant Tirohana Estate ★★★, Puruatanga Road, Martinborough (tel. 06/306-9933; www.tirohanaestate.com), is a place to spoil yourself, with its beautiful setting and first-rate service. It's open for lunch and dinner.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.