Tokoroa cafe among the country’s best
Next time you’re stopping in Tokoroa for a bite to eat you’ll want to check out Rumbly Tums cafe which has been named one of the country’s best.
The popular cafe in Rosebery St has been named the Hellers Classic Kiwi Upper North Island region winner in the 2017 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards based on public votes.
Owners Dominic Morris and Cushla Arbuckle, who have run the cafe for three years, said the win was totally unexpected.
‘‘We found out right in the middle of lunchtime service, it was a huge surprise,’’ Arbuckle said.
Considering thousands of cafes in the Upper North Island, excluding Auckland, were eligible for the award it’s no small feat.
‘‘It is like wow, I didn’t think for a second that we would get this,’’ Arbuckle said.
‘‘It all comes down to my customers who are so supportive. I can’t really say anything more than thank you a million times because if it wasn’t for them it wouldn’t have happened.’’
Morris said the cafe has a focus on healthy old fashioned food all made in-house and customers can’t seem to get enough.
‘‘Cushla makes all the food on site, we don’t buy anything in. One of the things when we were setting up was to go back to old fashioned cooking that your grandmother used to make because a lot of people remember that sort of thing,’’ he said.
‘‘We have a lot of travellers coming in off the main road and every time they are travelling they stop in, they always come back and when out of towners are coming back it tells you how well you are doing.’’
‘‘I know there are no additives and preservatives, there is nothing nasty in there, nothing artificial at all and people appreciate that,’’ Arbuckle added.
Arbuckle said the local customer base has however been the most supportive.
‘‘I am here from 4am until 5pm at night and I know it’s only a little bit of paper but it does make a huge difference and makes all the hard work seem worthwhile,’’ she said.
Rotorua’s Capers, Waihi Beach’s Surf Shack, and Mount Maunganui’s Tay Street Beach Cafe also all took out awards in the different categories on offer.
Judges will now select national winners for each of the competition’s categories which will be announced in February 2017.