EAT – Mapua Country Store

We worked on the signage for Mapua Country Store so we’re delighted to see it standing proud and open for business! Kirsten Ammann and her team have collected a range of local products (and some from further afield) from the humble spud right up to (my personal favourite) bean-to-bar chocolate from Tony Robson-Burrell’s range. She’s…

EAT – Oh Joy! Gourmet food in Ruby Bay

Recently opened is the Ruby Bay Kitchen – run by chef, Tony Robson-Burrell and his wife, Holly. ¬†Your dogged researchers, Neil and I, ate from their small and delicious menu last night. Highly recommended comes a light, refreshing Thai Green Curry with clean flavours and really singing with fragrant spices. Neil chose the Britain’s Best…

SHOP – Kete, Mapua Wharf

Kete, on Mapua Wharf in the newly opened retail spaces, have done a lot of detective work (and plenty of tastings!) to bring us an eclectic array of locally-sourced, produced and made products. I can personally vouch for the One Natural Skincare Bee Venom Cream (no bees harmed!) as I use it daily and it’s…