A new res­tau­rant in Kumeu

The Hunt­ing Lodge Win­ery ex­pands

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This 80-acre es­tate has been owned by the Sut­ton fam­ily since 2016, but The Hunt­ing Lodge’s wine­mak­ing his­tory dates back to 1969 when it was first com­mer­cially cul­ti­vated for grape grow­ing by Bill and Ross Spence, un­der the brand Matua Wines. Dur­ing the Sut­tons’ time as own­ers, they over­hauled the vine­yard, opened a cel­lar door and re­freshed the cafe. This month, they open a new res­tau­rant fo­cussing on wild meats, sea­sonal pro­duce – a lot of it from the sur­round­ing area – and wine pair­ing. The menu has been de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Des Har­ris who will be work­ing full-time as ex­ec­u­tive chef in the res­tau­rant – his first in-kitchen gig since leav­ing Clooney ear­lier this year. The Hunt­ing Lodge res­tau­rant opens late Novem­ber, 307 Waik­oukou Val­ley Rd, Kumeu

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