Bar and cafe reinvented
After six months, the Golden Gate Lodge’s multimillion-dollar upgrade is almost complete with the revamped cafe, bar and dining area set to open on Friday.
Five Stags Bar and Restaurant and Forage Information Centre and Cafe will open for business as a family-friendly ‘‘destination’’ complete with a new menu, a new beer selection, free wifi, mobile phone charging stations and outdoor children’s play areas.
Rebranded as The Gate, the 30-year-old lodge has 100 guest beds and a conference centre and is situated beside State Highway 8.
General manager Glen Christiansen said the directors knew a change was needed and they had done nothing halfheartedly.
‘‘We had to reinvent ourselves and I think we will...We want to have that noisy hustle and bustle of families. We’ve got a great beer selection. I think people will be pleasantly surprised.’’
Five Stags was a Lion Breweries concept similar to a Speight’s Ale House and Christiansen’s hope was that a mixture of old and new would encourage people to stay for longer.
The new Forage cafe and information centre was designed by local architect Jessie Sutherland and embraced Cromwell’s surrounds and attractions on four large monitors as well as offering coffee and cake.
Five Stags food and beverage manager George Tiko and bar manager Renee Paranihi.