Where to Eat
There are a number of local places where you can eat some great
food both during the day and in the evening.
Wherever you decide to eat in the evening we strongly
recommend you book ahead since places can get
very busy with locals, rail trailers and other visitors.
The Stationside Café is next door but
one to the cottage and is open from around 8am to 4pm, 7 days
a week. Shirley bakes and prepares delicious and nutricious
food in the café kitchen as well as serving great coffee
and cold drinks.
The Lauder Hotel provides bistro evening meals
seven days a week and is only a 2 minute walk from the house.
Give Derek (Knobby) & Vicki a call on 03 447 3706 for bookings.
At the White Horse Hotel in Becks,
9kms north of Lauder on SH85, Karen does great pub food and
Gary the publican offers a courtesy pick up/ drop off service
to the cottage if you have no transport. Phone Gary or Karen
on 03 447 3685 for a booking and to arrange a pick up if required.
In Omakau 7kms south of Lauder you will find
the Muddy Creek Café offering café-style
food and home-made pies during the day, with a take-away service
in the early evening. There is also the Omakau Commercial
Hotel offering bar lunches and a-la-carte evening dining.
For bookings call 03 447 3715.
The historic Chatto Creek Tavern on SH85 just
beyond Omakau towards Alexandra does tasty bar meals both during
the day and in the evening. With its shadey beer garden, the
Tavern is a popular lunch time stop for rail trailers on their
way to or from Omakau. Phone the Tavern on 03 447 3710 for an
Further afield, Alexandra has numerous small
cafés open during the day with some also open in the
evenings. The Shaky Bridge Cafe in Graveyard
Gully Road (phone 03 448 5111) just across the Shaky Bridge
offers lunch and evening meals in a lovely surrounding on the
edge of one of the William Hill vineyards.
There is also Craterscapes Garden Gallery & Café
in Ennis St around the back of the main shopping area where
you will find interesting sculptures and other art pieces for
sale as well as fine food.