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A love of local produce

Posted by Website Admin on June 15, 2017

A love of local produce

It’s safe to say our head chef Jason Brown is crazy about food – creating the end dish, sourcing local product and meeting the folk who produce it.

This is why, when he’s not foraging on the Lodge estate and beyond, Jason spends a fair bit of his time outside the kitchen visiting local producers, tasting their wares and dreaming up delicious ways to incorporate new products into his ever-growing retinue of divine dishes for appreciative guests and Lodge restaurant patrons. 

Whether just down the road here in Marlborough, located in the top of the South Island, or just over the Cook Strait in Wellington, some of Jason’s favourite local produce suppliers include:

Hellene and Simon, Cranky Goat Ltd

Mike, Meaters of Marlborough

Daniel, Kaikoura Cheese

Terry, Ora King Salmon

Premium Game

Emily, Old Road Estate

Favian & Flavian, Viavio

Martin Bosley, Yellow Brick Road

Melvin, Nuggety Creek Farm

A sample menu for the Lodge

Cranky Goat curd ravioli, pea, chorizo

North Canterbury lamb rump, babba ganoush, courgette, whipped feta


Ora King salmon, sweetcorn, shallot, cavolo nero

Coconut parfait, stem ginger, blueberry, pink pepper

Tallegio, Kalamata olive


See our section on Wine & Food for more menus and more information about guest and restaurant dining.

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Long Luxury Weekend: Sydney to Marlborough

Posted by Website Admin on April 07, 2017

Swapping the busy streets of Sydney for the peaceful sunny vineyard-filled plains of Marlborough was a breeze and the rewards were many, including a massive drop in stress levels from the moment I arrived in this beautiful province.

I grabbed the 9.45am Sydney-Blenheim Friday connection on Air New Zealand - a Qantas codeshare, which got me into Wellington at 3pm NZ time. I had plenty of time to enjoy a coffee from the Fuel counter, shop at NZ-made Icebreaker who make great merino wear, then get on my flight to Blenheim. A short 25 minute flight over the stunning Marlborough Sounds - ancient sunken valleys featuring one-fifth of New Zealand's coastline and I was there by 6pm.

Arriving at Blenheim Airport, I was met by Toby, a friendly young man from The Marlborough Lodge. Within minutes we were driving the sunny lanes flanked by lush, grape-sprinked grapevines, and arriving at the beautiful Victorian Lodge nestled in amongst the vineyards and trees. A convivial drink with fellow Aussie General Manager Peter White in the Great Room later and I was encounced in my very stylish and comfortable Premium Suite with views over the 16 acre estate.

After a quick relax on my super comfy bed and a rejuvenating splash in the double tub in the palatial ensuite, it was off to  pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the courtyard, in front of the roaring outdoor fireplace. Marlborough sauvignon blanc in hand with a platter of delicious Bluff oysters in the shell invitingly standing by, to say I was winding down was rather an understatement.

We were then summoned to the Dining Room for an endless and truly spiritual series of delicious courses served lodge-style and made up primarily of locally-sourced produce. Not only did chef Jason Brown make it taste heavenly, but it was almost too pretty to eat.


It was then back to the courtyard and fireplace, for a digestive port and some shared stories with the other guests, before trundling off for a peaceful night's rest.

The next day, fortified by a full breakfast again featuring great coffee and some delicious smoked mussels with scrambled eggs, I was off on a Marlborough Icons Tour - wine tasting by morning, waterfront lunch, and seafood cruise by afternoon. Beautiful bliss and a really great taste of the best that Marlborough has to offer.

A divine repeat of the night before with a longer bath and more fireside lingering, followed by another fab sleep and tasty breakfast. Then a relax about the estate until I headed off for my 11.25am Air New Zealand/Qantas flight back to Sydney, via Auckland this time for a different shopping experience. Home by 5.40pm Australia time - plenty of time to get myself organised for back to work Monday.

What a brilliant weekend!


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