Breckenridge Lodge offers
If superb kiwi hospitality, a peaceful location and gourmet food & wine are amongst your pleasures in life then you have come to the right place…
Your host, renowned Chef Malcolm Redmond, invites you to truly relax and enjoy private, luxury lodge accommodation, nestled in the picturesque valley of Omarunui in the sunny Hawke’s Bay.
Experience Malcolm’s exquisite cuisine using only the best, fresh seasonal produce from his organic garden and local markets. Malcolm hand picks reserve Hawke’s Bay and other excellent New Zealand wines, so you can take pleasure in an unforgettable fine dining experience.
The Lodge is conveniently situated only minutes drive from Napier, Hastings, Taradale and the Napier Airport.
The downstairs suite has wheel chair access and an easy access to the guest lounge and dining room.
The guest dining room is a focal point of the house. This room is particularly special, with a stunning rural aspect over the vineyard. With an inviting, relaxed, sumptuous feel to it, this is the perfect environment to experience Malcolm’s superb cuisine. You will sit with other guests to enjoy conversation, swap stories or share tales of your day out in Wine Country Hawke’s Bay.
With it’s spectacular view the private guest lounge is a place you can relax. The French doors lead you out to the patio where you can get a closer look at the surroundings and enjoy the fresh air. If you choose to spend time inside, there are plenty of good books to read, music to listen to and other guests to socialise with.
This lounge has air conditioning for those hot summer nights and a wonderful open fire to sit by during the crisp winter evenings.
Double Room $800 per night
Our rates include:
• GST (Goods and Service Tax)
• Pre-dinner drinks
• 5 Course dinner
• Full breakfast
• Activity booking service
Wine consumed during dinner is the only additional cost.
Bed and breakfast only – $550 per night
You will be given a glass of bubbly on arrival and have time to meet and chat with the rest of the group before the class begins. A typical lesson teaches you skills for preparing a 3 course gourmet dinner menu, with ideas for matching wines.
After the class, you sit down to eat together in the dining room where Malcolm will provide a wine match for each course. This gives you an opportunity for general conversation, to gain knowledge about the choosen wine, to discuss any other culinary questions you may have, and of course enjoy the food!
If you have your own suggestions for a cooking class, Malcolm can tailor one to suit you.
Cooking classes at the Lodge are a great way to meet new people, share a fun experience with a friend or give a unique gift to a special person.
If you are interested in booking a class, please get in touch using the Contact form on the left of this page or give Malcolm a call on (06) 844 9411.
My passion for cooking goes back to my childhood days on the home farm near Methven. My mother was a perfectionist when it came to food and was famous for her hospitality in our community. She was my inspiration.
Occasionally people would call to the house to do ‘business’, but rather than let work dictate their schedule, they often arrived at morning or afternoon tea time perhaps drawn by aromas from the kitchen when food was being served! A beautiful table would be laden with an array of up to ten different cakes as well as beautiful scones, pikelets or muffins all fresh out of the oven that morning. I always enjoyed helping in the kitchen and often collected recipes from my Aunty Maude’s where I used to spend my holidays.
After I left school, I went to work with Maurice Ashworth, a British trained chef working in Franz Joseph. Maurice spurred my interest in furthering my culinary journey which took me to the Royal New Zealand Air Force where I passed the London City and Guilds cookery qualification with Distinction.
While I was in the Air Force, I worked in as many other kitchens as I could to extend my repertoire. After 20 years of culinary adventures in the Air Force, I then moved on and spent time at the prestigious Huka Lodge in Taupo, The George Hotel in Christchurch and the restaurants at Te Awa Farm and Church Road wineries in the Hawkes Bay. I was resident Executive Chef at the home of New Zealand’s Governor General in Wellington and participated at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore in 2000.
Breckenridge Lodge opened officially in December 2006 and I’ve been sharing my passion for food ever since. I have no secret recipes, I just love seeing people enjoy what I have discovered on my culinary journey.
Apart from wanting you to relax and feel at home at the Lodge during your stay, you will have the opportunity to experience exceptional gourmet food and wine.
The dinner menu is designed in the degustation style with 5 different courses each matched with a selected wine. The menu changes regularly depending on seasonal produce available. If there is something you would like in particular, Malcolm is happy to accommodate.
The wine cellar is well stocked with local and other New Zealand wines as well as an exciting selection from overseas. Malcolm can assist you to choose a wine that compliments your evening meal or your picnic lunch.
Breakfast is served when you wish to rise and you can have anything from toast to chocolate pudding!
Breckenridge Lodge is not just a spectacular, sumptuous retreat, you will find it a warm and unforgettable gourmet experience.
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