Dining

The Marlborough Lodge's cuisine is prepared as delicately as our guests are pampered.

Our Head Chef and his team specialise in showcasing Marlborough's gourmet produce. They know how the food has been produced and understand how to bring out the most subtle of flavours to ensure a mouthwatering dining experience you won't want to miss.

Begin the day with our continental or cooked breakfast, then wind down in the afternoon with delicious canapés served in the sunny courtyard in front of the outdoor fire, followed by an fresh, seasonal a la carte dinner menu all of which is included in your nightly tariff.  Harvest Restaurant at The Marlborough Lodge also offers an excellent selection of Marlborough, New Zealand and international wines which are an additional charge.

Sample menu:

 

Our Sourdough, Brown Butter

 

Red Cabbage, Red Pepper, Walnut, Goats Curd

Roasted Carrots, Harissa, Smoked Yoghurt, Burnt Honey

Zucchini, Green Olive, Lovage, Pine nut, Pecorino

Kingfish, Green Apple, Cucumber, Leche de Tigre

Wakanui Beef Tartare, Garlic, Yolk, Toast

 

Gnocchetti, Puttanesca, Ricotta Salata, Pangrattato

Cloudy Bay TuaTuas, Acqua Pazza, Sourdough

Taranaki Tarakihi, Turnips, Kombu, Sorrel

Whole Roasted Bluff Lemon Sole for two

Wakanui Beef Fillet, Mushroom, Onion, Black Garlic, Jus

 

Sides to share

Local Mixed Leaf Salad & Honey Vinaigrette

Grilled Asparagus, Toasted Almonds, Preserved Lemon

Fried New Season Potatoes, Confit Garlic

 

Foodie experiences 

Along with enjoying our exquisite cuisine, there are lots of opportunities for guests to get involved with food at the Lodge, including: 

  • enjoying dinner at the Chef's Bench
  • taking a cooking demo with our chef team
  • join our chefs on a garden foraging excursion on the Lodge estate

To arrange your foodie experience, email us prior to your stay, or talk to us on arrival.

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What our customers say

Fantastic place, delicious food (much better than some Michelin star restaurants), excellent wine list, and... fresh orange juice for breakfast (trust me, it’s mission impossible all around New Zealand). Very elegance and modern furnished room (but too small - we recommend to choose more spacious suites) Very clean))) if this is important for you It was our best experience in NZ!

Natali

How anybody could not give this 5 stars is beyond me! From the initial greeting with a lovely sauvignon ( Giesen) to the great food and gorgeous room upstairs with a view over the recently renovated chapel everything was wonderful. Go for a walk round the gardens as they are very pretty and lots of fruit to pick. The predinner drinks are free flowing and sitting out by the fire even on warm night was a perfect way to start the evening. We took the Lodge bikes and did a wine tour on the bikes - was flat and taking it steady was a lovely way to see the area and taste lots of the wine. Couldn't imagine staying anywhere else in Marlborough. Thank you to Karren and all her team

DerekIlkley

A former convent on 16 beautifully landscaped acres updated to the highest standard. Our stay was was one of the highlights of our visit to New Zealand. Foremost in our experience was the warm attention of Manager Karen and Owner Angela which carried through the entire staff. The building is charming, the gardens beautiful.

Win Fowler

This was our second stay here, though it was the Old St. Mary’s Convent when we stayed in 2009. There have been significant changes made inside - the rooms are more modern and elegant but still very comfortable and spacious. The chapel is now used as the gathering spot for afternoon canapés and drinks prior to dinner, with a large fireplace outside where we could visit with our hosts and fellow guests. The manager, Karen, was extremely attentive to our every need and the staff, Lindsey and Heaven, were fun to visit with and equally attentive. Everyone’s attention to detail is impressive, to say the least. We came away feeling quite pampered! And we really enjoyed meeting Maria, who cares for the beautiful grounds, to share memories from our earlier visit. Be sure to walk around the grounds to admire Maria’s good work and view the gardens - and, by all means, visit the chickens! I especially enjoyed walking along the creek and photographing the various species of birds that gather there. Lastly, as others have noted, the location is perfect for setting out to visit the many nearby wineries.

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