Toko­roa cafe among the coun­try’s best

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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