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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Amazing! The Marlborough Lodge is just amazing! Wonderful room with a perfect bedding. Huge bathroom. Refined decoration. The convent, separate from the the main premise, is a unique place to have an appetitive before the diner. Very nice and professional staff. Interesting wine list. A place to be in the Marlborough Region.

FM – Belgium

Extraordinary luxury hotel. This hotel simply could not be improved upon! The building is lovely with an effortlessly elegant decor. We had a large suite with a second room for our son, separated by a huge bathroom. The room was perfect, with just the right amount of flair and panache without feeling overdone. Our bed was extremely comfortable and the linens were fantastic. The whole property has several wrap around porches, which are great for sitting outside and taking in the stunning views of the property, including a small vineyard. The setting is so serene — you are minutes from the local wineries and restaurants but you feel completely away from everything. We went on a tour with the gardener, who showed us the chickens (fresh eggs for breakfast every day!) and beautiful stream and plants. There are lots of citrus trees and gardens on the grounds. In the evenings, we enjoyed canapés and wine in a small chapel on the property, next to a roaring fire. And the food was delicious throughout! We enjoyed our evening dinners immensely and also had very tasty breakfasts, including local preserves and fresh juice. The staff was super friendly and made all of us, including our 8-year old son, feel so welcome. The manager was wonderful and made sure we all felt special. I would highly recommend this location.

CK107 – San Francisco

It was a typically crisp Autumn evening so we started with a glass of bubbles and delicious canapés beside the huge outdoor fire. We could just as easily have settled into the comfy sofas inside the chapel, now transformed into a cosy space for pre-dinner drinks, wine tastings, and browsing a range of beautiful NZ-made gifts. This was not our first visit to The Marlborough Lodge, but the first since the change of guard the kitchen. The menu changes daily and is a showcase of local produce with a touch of European flair. Portions are generous and our plates were bare when they returned to the kitchen. That says it all. The Lodge effortlessly combines elegance with comfort and under Karen's stewardship the staff are efficient and friendly and knowledgeable too. We locals are lucky to have a place of this calibre on our doorstep, visitors who stay here are just lucky.

Donna M

My dad and I stayed here for 4 nights, actually it was so good, we extended! From the rooms, to breakfast and dinner, to the grounds and staff, the lodge exceeds even the most distinguished expectations! I have stayed in the best hotels around the world, but The Marlborough Lodge is without hesitation one of those places where you will always remember every detail because they exceeded in every category! Can't wait to return!

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