150-year-old cottage with fresh design
New owners and a renovation on a popular Arrowtown restaurant in a 150-year-old cottage has retained the ‘‘old cottage charm’’, the owners say.
It took Central Otago’s Akarua Winery and Artisan Catering over three months and hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade the old Walnut Cottage into Akarua Wines and Kitchen by Artisan.
Akarua Wines general manager Kathryn Pettit said the cottage’s structure was still the same and the garden was retained but the bridge and pond had to go.
The restaurant sits in a rural space on the outskirts of Arrowtown, and includes function rooms, a covered outdoors area, an open kitchen with a woodfire oven, a children’s playground and beanbags on the front garden.
The restaurant opened on December 10 - a month behind the schedule as it was a bigger job than expected, Petit said.
Restaurant executive chef John Pickens, of Artisan Catering, and director Debbie Pickens said they and the customers were happy with the results of the makeover.
Despite many changes, the place still had the same charm, he said.
‘‘It still has all the idiosyncrasies of the sort of unusual spots and quirkiness.’’
He said the menu was also a big feature.
‘‘I’m passionate about my desserts.’’
The restaurant will be serving handcrafted breakfasts, lunches, dinners and also catering for functions.
‘‘We are taking some things from the catering but are still trying to keep it operation centric.’’
Akarua Wines general manager Kathryn Pettit, Artisan Catering executive chef John Pickens and director Debbie Pickens.