Category Archives: Marlborough Food

Experiencing Marlborough

Posted by Website Admin on October 16, 2017

At The Marlborough Lodge you don’t even have to leave the grounds to start your world class Marlborough wine experience.

Our private wine tasting sessions are held right here at the lodge; we have a variety of wineries on our doorstep, and our own vineyard on site.

Although we do not make our own wine at the lodge, we are in the envious position of having very close relationships with many winemakers. To customise your own exclusive wine tasting experience here at the lodge, we will bring in a winemaker/sommelier so you can sample their wine, along with several others from the area, while being guided through each for a thorough understanding of the complexity, diversity and characteristics of what you are tasting.

If you want to get into wine country and stretch your legs at the same time, we recommend a truly local Marlborough experience with a guided cycle tour. Karen of Explore Marlborough will take you on a small, personal tour off the beaten track seeking out some of Marlborough’s hidden wine gems.

If after all that wine you’d like to tempt your tastebuds with local fare, visit Hedgerows for exquisitely red, juicy hydroponically grown strawberries and real fruit ice cream, best enjoyed in situ with views into the glasshouses where the strawberries grow.

Hedgerows strawberries

And what goes well with strawberries (besides champagne – find that at the No 1 Family Estate cellar door nearby)? Chocolate. At the Makana Chocolate Factory, not far from our front door at the lodge, you can see delicious treats being made right before your eyes, not to mention sample them before you decide which you’d like to take home.

If a cruise on the stunning Marlborough Sounds takes your fancy, then joining the Pelorus Mail Boat from Havelock or the Beachcomber Mail Boat Cruise from Picton  will provide you with the most authentic experience of daily Sounds life in either Pelorus Sound or Queen Charlotte Sound.

A luxury cruising option is a half day Marlborough Sounds cruise on a launch or yacht complete with a delicious chef-prepared lunch featuring local produce and wine.

MV Tarquin

To truly get away from it all, a unique day out is our D’Urville Island Sightseeing, Fishing and Lunch heli tour, which takes you to remote places few have experienced. Enjoy a fantastic day out flying over the spectacular Marlborough Sounds’ outer reaches to a remote rocky outcrop where you will land and get the chance to throw in a fishing line. This secluded spot will guarantee to have you winding in your blue cod catch within minutes of casting off. The views from here are fantastic too; see out to the far reaches of Golden Bay and, to the north, see the volcanic peaks of the central North Island.

Lunch at a "bach" in a pristine bay on an island in the Marlborough Sounds

Then it’s time to fly to D’Urville Island where you will land in a remote, pristine bay. Your freshly caught lunch will be cooked and served on the deck of the private “bach” (New Zealand beach house). This is the perfect spot to stop and take in the beautiful scenery of this unique area. It is then a quick 20 minute flight back over the Marlborough Sounds and the lodge, arriving back mid afternoon.

Back at the lodge, round off your day with some astronomy featuring our neighbour and world-renowned backyard astronomer Bill Allen. Bill will come to the lodge and share his knowledge of the stars. The Marlborough sky is clear and has very little light pollution, making it the perfect place to view the stars and planets, and with Bill on hand and the use of a telescope you can see and understand the Southern Hemisphere a little better. For keen astronomers, private tours with Bill can be arranged at his property where he has his own observatory.

Marlborough features much to see, do, experience and taste. Just ask, and we’ll point you in the right direction and make any bookings required. 

More Locals to Meet

Posted by Sharon Hill on October 09, 2017

The Harvest Restaurant team believe that knowing the story behind each and every ingredient they use at The Marlborough Lodge is critical so that they can confidently combine these to create dishes that showcase the fantastic local produce.

Our team has a philosophy of simple, fresh, local and seasonal cuisine, and use what is fresh in our gardens along with creating great relationships with our suppliers, so they can confidently tell you where and how the products in our dishes were grown.

Those supplier relationships now also work in the reverse where our producers understand what we are creating and are calling the team when they believe they have that one off item that would be perfect for us or simply letting us know when the first of the season is on its way. This means our menu is ever-changing; although there will always be some Harvest classic favourites on the menu. 

As you would imagine our producers are critical to us to allow us to create our menus and, in recognition of their efforts and our ongoing relationship with them, we thought it timely to provide you with a little background on some of these fantastic producers. This is the third in the series, following our earlier Meet the Locals and Meet More Locals blogs.

ViaVio

Producing Italian-style cheese from locally-sourced, natural New Zealand ingredients was the dream of two Romans with a deep passion for food and wine.

Flavio and Flavia searched the country for the best location for their dream, and settled on Nelson for its source of high quality milk. 

Now paired up with Italian Master of Cheese Matteo, ViaVio  produces scamorza, caciocavallo, stracchino, ricotta, mozzarella, fonta, burrata and more - beautiful artisan cheeses which we at The Marlborough Lodge love pairing up with the most superb match of Marlborough wine.

Photo: www.bite.co.nz

NuggetyCreek Farm

Our free-range pork is sourced from just a few kilometres away, where pastures surround the crystal-clear Wakamarina River that flows from the spectacular Mt Richmond Forest Park.

NuggetyCreek Farm, owned by Melvyn and Denyse Goodall, breeds Wessex Saddleback pigs that live a completely free-range existence, constrained only by the property’s boundary fences. The Goodalls follow organic practices and aim to give their pigs a pleasurable, stress-free life because “happy pigs provide very tasty meat”.

The meat is butchered in Blenheim before arriving in our kitchen: It really doesn’t get fresher than that.

Photo: NuggetyCreek Farm

 

Old Road Estate

Old Road Estate’s fig and feijoa orchards are located so close to The Marlborough Lodge that the term “freshly picked” is true in every sense.

Personally delivered to our kitchen by the very people who grow and handpick them, these figs and feijoas truly are an autumn delight that grows bountifully in Marlborough’s perfectly suited climate.

Old Road Estate[SH3]  has been operating for 20 years now from its humble beginnings of just two Brown Turkey Fig Trees, which were sourced from the Middle East, to 270 fig trees and many more feijoa plants today. Our personal supplier Emily ensures The Marlborough Lodge always receives the highest quality fruit from her family’s orchard, and our chefs delight in creating something truly special for our guests.

Photo: Old Road Estate

Kinzett Tomatoes

Based just around the corner from The Marlborough Lodge are the locally-owned and operated Kinzett greenhouses where we source our tomatoes year-round.

Paul and Kaye Kinzett are continuing a long family tradition of growing tomatoes, initially outdoors over a century ago and then in glasshouses from 1970.

Kinzett’s tomatoes are grown hydroponically within the 2ha glasshouses for optimum flavour and being so close the source, The Marlborough Lodge’s chefs know these tomatoes are the freshest they can possibly be.

Photo: www.yara.co.nz

 

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Marlborough Experiences

Posted by Website Admin on October 02, 2017

Here at The Marlborough Lodge we enjoy a beautiful balance of upmost seclusion and privacy within our sprawling grounds, with being surprisingly close to a number of fabulous wineries, restaurants and other destinations.

In fact, we are so well located on Marlborough’s Golden Mile of wine that you do not even need to drive to some of them. Simply take a relaxing walk past the vineyards, or even enjoy a short bike ride over the sweeping flat Wairau Plain.

The obvious places to go are, of course, some of the region’s top wineries. Grab a complimentary lodge bike and pedal at your leisure to Hunter’s - don’t miss Clarry Neame’s art studio - St Clair, Allan Scott, Cloudy Bay, No.1 Family Estate, Georges Michel and Rock Ferry Wines to name just a few.  If a tour is more your thing then ask us about our private wine tasting tour, exclusive to lodge guests.

Most of these wineries also have fabulous restaurants - the hardest part will be choosing which one to stop at for lunch. Branch out and quench your thirst with a visit to the local beer cellar door, Moa Brewery. Also worth a mention is the Vines Village, where a lakeside lunch or coffee goes hand in hand with Whitehaven’s cellar door, boutique shops and giant chess.

Photo: Vines Village

If you’d like to experience Marlborough from the air, then our Marlborough Sounds Highlights heli tour might be just the ticket. With pick up from the Lodge helipad, take a tour by air of the Marlborough Sounds with a landing and bush walk at Dillon Bell Point. This fantastic tour provides you with a bird’s eye view of the area's magnificent waterways and then lands you on the water’s edge where you can take a short walk into the pristine bush, or add a picnic style lunch.

Marlborough Sounds, by helicopter

Marlborough has strong sheep farming roots, as seen in our Farm Experience tour. Paul and Muff Newton at Kaituna Ridges will demonstrate sheep herding where their skilled heading and eye dogs will show off their skills in bringing a mob of sheep in - all controlled by Muff or Paul’s whistle. A wool shearing demonstration is followed by a traditional farm morning tea with freshly baked scones and a good cuppa, while Paul and Muff chat about their daily life on the farm in their fun and typically understated rural New Zealand way.

Marlborough has many rivers that are ideal for fly fishing. Experience fishing the Pelorus, a serene and beautiful river holding large numbers of both rainbow and brown trout. It offers different types of water for all angling skill levels and many open stretches with good access.

Upper reaches of the river are only accessible by helicopter and the middle and lower reaches by vehicle. Helicopter, transport, private guides and all fishing equipment can be arranged.

If staying close to The Marlborough Lodge appeals, then you may like to consider our Garden to Plate experience: the chef’s vegetable garden tour and cooking demonstration. Shadow one of our chefs as they select the freshest produce from the lodge vegetable garden and then demonstrate how best to prepare a dish. With first-hand knowledge of the vegetables gathered and the skills learned from our experienced chef team, your next dinner is sure to be a hit.

If all these fantastic Marlborough experiences have left you in need of rest and relaxation, you might like to indulge in a massage treatment. In the privacy of your own room, our experienced massage therapist will use a combination of massage techniques to increase circulation, relieve muscle tension and promote a state of deep relaxation.

There is a lot you can see, do, experience and taste in Marlborough and even within just five to 10 minutes of the Lodge. Just ask, and we’ll point you in the right direction and make any bookings required. 

 

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Meet More Locals

Posted by Website Admin on September 18, 2017

The story behind each and every ingredient used by the Harvest Restaurant team at The Marlborough Lodge is critical to them so that they can confidently combine these to create dishes that showcase the fantastic local produce.

With a philosophy of simple, fresh, local and seasonal, our team uses what is fresh in our gardens along with creating great relationships with our suppliers, so they can confidently tell you where and how the products in our dishes were grown.

Those relationships now also work in the reverse where our suppliers understand what we are creating and are calling the team when they believe they have that one off item that would be perfect for us or simply letting us know when the first of the season is on its way. This means our menu is ever-changing; although there will always be some Harvest classic favourites on the menu. 

As you would imagine our producers are critical to us to allow us to create our menus and, in recognition of their efforts and our ongoing relationship with them, we thought it timely to provide you with a little background on some of these fantastic producers. This is the second in the series, following our earlier Meet the Locals blog.

Kaikoura Cheese

Beneath Kaikoura’s majestic snow-capped mountain range and next to the wild Pacific Ocean, a herd of goats and a flock of Jersey cows are the beginnings of some of New Zealand’s most celebrated artisan cheeses.

Daniel and Sarah Jenkins of Kaikoura Cheese have overcome incredible odds to create their award-winning range of handcrafted cheeses which attracted the attention of respected cheese connoisseurs less than two years after their first flock of just three goats was used to turn out their first cheese attempt.

A business born from a desire to leave earthquake-ravaged Christchurch would itself become a story of survival and pure community spirit when Kaikoura itself was hit, and isolated, by a massive earthquake in 2016. Yet, through sheer ingenuity and persistence, the Jenkins’ have continued to create their sought-after cheeses; With demand high for this limited product, the Marlborough Lodge is proud to be on Kaikoura Cheese’s list of customers in order to serve this finest of cheese to our guests and tell its inspiring story.

Photo: Kaikoura Cheese

Pinoli

Here in Marlborough we are lucky enough to have the only commercial producer of pine nuts in the southern hemisphere: Pinoli.

So it stands to reason that this niche local product, which is in high demand overseas and in the culinary world in general, features on our menu at The Marlborough Lodge. 

Established nearly 20 years ago in the Wairau Valley near Blenheim by Andy and Barbara Wiltshire, the first of Pinoli’s Mediterranean stone pine nuts took 12 years to emerge on the local market. Pinoli now has six plantations, totalling 40,000 mature pines, scattered across Marlborough and one further south.

Premium Game

From the purest New Zealand back country comes some of the most incredible wild venison, pork and thar you’ll ever taste - and The Marlborough Lodge chefs have access to some of the best.

Premium Game has a team of registered hunters who roam Marlborough’s most isolated and untouched high country to supply certified wild meat which, due to stringent regulations, has all locations strictly plotted and recorded. All meat is processed in Premium Game’s Blenheim factory. 

These wild animals have spent their lives eating native herbs and grasses and, being in top physical condition, result in lean meat with unique gamey flavours that is loved by chefs and foodies the world over.

Photo: Premium Game

Thymebank

Based on beautiful Hammerichs Road in the heart of wine country and mere minutes away from The Marlborough Lodge is Thymebank, owned by the Roberts family.

Here, they grow hydroponic lettuces, herbs and other greens such as watercress that are sent to restaurants and retail outlets around the top of the South Island and the bottom of the North Island - although the largest share remains right here in Marlborough.

Photo: Thymebank

Yellow Brick Road

Sourcing our food from sustainable suppliers without compromising on freshness, quality and flavour is very important to us at Harvest restaurant, and one of the best examples of this is Yellow Brick Road which supplies us with fresh fish.

This company, with its roots in Nelson and run by renowned Wellington chef and restaurateur Martin Bosley, was established in 2006 to reward those who fish and farm responsibly by distributing the resulting sustainably-produced product to New Zealand’s leading restaurants.

Even better, all fish sourced through Yellow Brick Road that is caught in Marlborough’s own Cloudy Bay has been certified by European agency Friend of the Sea - the only such certification in the country. 

Photo: Yellow Brick Road

Keep an eye out for the next installment of our local produce supplier blog…

 

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Meet the Locals

Posted by Website Admin on August 21, 2017

For the Harvest restaurant team at The Marlborough Lodge, the story behind each and every ingredient used is critical to them confidently creating dishes that showcase our fantastic local produce.

Our philosophy of simple, fresh, local has meant that our team uses what is fresh in our gardens but they have also created great relationships with our suppliers, so they can confidently tell you where and how the products in our dishes were grown.

Those relationships now also work in the reverse where our suppliers understand what we are creating and are calling the team when they believe they have that one off item that would be perfect for us or simply letting us know when the first of the season is on its way. This means our menu is ever-changing; although never fear there will always be some Harvest classic favourites to be found. 

As you would imagine our producers are critical to us to allows us to create our menus and in recognition of their efforts and our ongoing relationship with them we thought it timely to provide you with a little background on some of these fantastic producers.

Neudorf Mushrooms

Among the green rolling Moutere hills south of Nelson, overlooked by a wild mountain range, is a special pine forest underneath which grows a unique delicacy.

Neudorf Mushrooms is New Zealand’s first commercial grower of the Saffron milk caps species of mushroom, which grow among Radiata Pines that were planted in 2011 and infected with Porcini.

Growers Theres and Hannes, who have expanded their forest from 400 to 1,800 trees, also produce a range of other mushroom products, including an air-dried blend, and have a truffiere and chestnut orchard waiting to come of age. The couple supply their seasonal mushrooms, which are greatly weather-dependent, only to restaurants in the Nelson and the Nelson Farmers’ Market, and of course to The Marlborough Lodge.

Cranky Goat Ltd

Known for their award-winning artisan cheese, the family-owned Cranky Goat Cheese company makes their products using daily supplies of fresh goats’ milk from their herd based on lush coastal pasture in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

Cranky Goat’s diverse range of boutique products includes white rind cheese, semi hard cheese, feta, soft cheese and halloumi - each and every one handmade by owners Simon and Hellene Lamb, whose daughter Hannah also works for the company.

These uniquely flavoured cheeses, known for their creamy taste, are in high demand along with fresh Cranky Goat Milk. Their cheeses won a swag of medals at the New Zealand Cheese Awards, but the Lambs still find time to sell their products personally at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market on Sundays, and of course deliver them to us at The Marlborough Lodge.

Meaters of Marlborough

With a reputation for being the friendliest butcher in Marlborough, Mike Newman, owner of Meaters of Marlborough, is The Marlborough Lodge’s meat supplier due to his unfailing focus on quality and exceptional standards.

Meaters of Marlborough has been in business in Blenheim for more than 30 years and now has 20 staff, but despite this Mike, who has been in the trade since 1976, still makes a point of serving his customers personally.

Stocking a wide range of meats from organic chicken and free range venison to his famous gourmet sausages handmade from Canterbury pork and beef, Mike knows where every cut of meat is sourced, which means we do too - from paddock to your plate.

Raeward Fresh

With our preference of using locally-grown produce first and foremost, The Marlborough Lodge uses Raeward Fresh in nearby Nelson to supply New Zealand fruit and vegetables.

Once little more than roadside stall, Raeward Fresh is now a South Island-wide wholesale and retail supplier of New Zealand-grown fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy products.

Because they know where all of their produce comes from, we do too - and so will our guests.

Ora King Salmon

Sourced from the clearest freshwater springs in the world, and raised in the naturally stunning waters of the Marlborough Sounds, Ora King Salmon  is any culinary chef’s delight.

Known for its elegant balance of sweet and umami flavours, its subtle creamy texture that is light on the palate and its many health benefits, Ora King Salmon has the wonderful ability to pair exquisitely with a variety of Marlborough’s other locally produced, seasonal ingredients, for a truly unique taste experience.

Because it is produced right here at the Top of the South Island, our supplier Terry ensures the Ora King Salmon that we feature on The Marlborough Lodge’s menu is always going to fresh and of the finest quality.

Ora King Salmon Carpaccio with Cucumber, Fennel & Mint

Keep an eye out for part 2 of our local produce supplier blog…

 

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The Call of the Wild

Posted by Website Admin on July 13, 2017

Marlborough wine is world-renown, it’s quiet twin but with no less panache is the abundant local produce that pairs so perfectly with the region’s award-winning wine.

From seafood, fruit, nuts and vegetables to cheese, honey and meats of all sorts, local food produced at the top of the South Island really does have a distinctive flavour all of its own – just like wine.   

While much of the local produce is cultivated or captured by skilled locals, some of the tastiest finds are found the age-old way, through traditional foraging.  

The Marlborough Lodge team are great fans of wild food gathering, and using what’s in season and not too far from home. And quite often that means they don't have to leave the 16 acre estate to find it with plentiful fruit, herbs, nuts, flowers and vegetables from the garden and eggs from the estate hens on site.

Photo: Graeme Murray

Recently renown Chinese wine and food blogger, Shu Qiao, visited the gardens with the Marlborough Lodge kitchen team.

Here with Tourism New Zealand to launch the Heart of the Long White Cloud tourism campaign to show New Zealand off to potential Chinese visitors, Shu Qiao headed to the Lodge kitchen to put their foraged finds to culinary use.

While the team explained their holistic philosophy of using every possible component of each product for variations on flavour; whether using key parts of the whole plant from fruit to leaf to root, to nose to tail butchery - with primary and secondary meat cuts each having a purpose in his kitchen and adding a unique flavour to dishes.

Photo: Graeme Murray

Shu Qiao then enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and canapes, followed by a lodge-style gourmet dinner, featuring fresh local cuisine along with the foraged treasures, paired perfectly with Marlborough wine.  

Not only do guests staying at the Lodge enjoy dinner each night but also a full gourmet breakfast each morning. The restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner Wednesday-Sunday, with a seasonal, fresh a la carte menu on offer.

No matter what the meal, lodge or restaurant guests all will enjoy the fresh, local, seasonal cuisine – which sums up Marlborough in every mouthful.

Shu Qiao at the Lodge on video

For more see the Tourism New Zealand video of Shu Qiao's visit to Marlborough featuring well-known New Zealand chef Al Brown from 2:07. WATCH VIDEO...

 

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Books, food & wine

Posted by Website Admin on June 30, 2017

There are some things in life that are a perfect match. It’s long been known that fantastic wine and delicious food make a great couple. Add fantastic books and the wonderful authors behind them to the mix and it’s a recipe for indulgence. Here’s where the wonderful Marlborough Book Festival comes in, held at the end of July each year. The Lodge is a proud supporter of this popular event.

Mario from Cloudy Bay wines, a sponsor of the Marlborough Book Festival

A boutique annual festival in Marlborough, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, the festival has been running for four years and has a very dedicated following. Authors gather at local theatres and wineries to talk about their books, their writing style, their life and what inspires them.

Laughter and tears are the norm at the sessions, as are tasty bites of locally-grown salmon and Marlborough olive oil with handmade bread, washed down with Marlborough wine, personally poured by various local wineries who passionately support the festival.

This year’s festival runs 28-30 July and features 11 eminent authors and 4 journalists from New Zealand and Australia with sessions with everything from craft beer to poetry being discussed, and an art class just down the road at Hunter’s Wines. Authors include emminent poets Emma Neale, Brian Turner and CK Stead together in a poetry panel. Australian dinosaur expert John Pickrell and beer fanatic Alice Gallatley and more. See the programme here...

A festival weekend at the Lodge

Can we suggest spending overnight Saturday 29 July at the Lodge during the Festival, where you can enjoy delicious breakfast and lodge-style dinner prepared by our chef and his team, topped off with a generous slice of book festival during the day. We’ll take you along to your festival sessions and ensure you have an enriching weekend.

When you're not at the festival or enjoying the delicious cuisine, there are many reading spots at the Lodge to curl up with a new book signed by a festival author, including our inviting Library, court-yard facing Great Room and fireside in the Breakfast Room - perfectly accompanied by a glass of Marlborough pinot noir.

See our Marlborough Book Festival package for more information.

 Contact Peter to arrange your stay – [email protected] | +64 3 570 5700 

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