The cafe´ on the sunny side of the street

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY - BOB WAT­SON

It may be winter out­side but the sun is still shin­ing at The Bees Knees Cafe.

As owner Kath­leen Munn says: ’’When the sun’s shin­ing ev­ery­one’s smil­ing.’’

And cus­tomers are not only smil­ing about the sun-filled cafe but also the de­li­cious and whole­some home­made food, served fresh ev­ery day of the week.

Hokowhitu’s Bees Knees Cafe has be­come a pop­u­lar meet­ing place for both lo­cals as well as for peo­ple from fur­ther afield and this is largely due to the cafe’s mouth­wa­ter­ing and whole­some home cook­ing.

Bees Knees Cafe of­fers a wide se­lec­tion of tasty savouries and sand­wiches, freshly made crispy sal­ads, a de­li­cious ar­ray of cakes and slices and, a winter favourite their soup of the day.

‘‘All our food, apart from the breads, is made on the premises so it has that home­made good­ness with plenty of flavour.

‘‘I like to de­scribe it as healthy, tasty food made with love,’’ says Kath­leen.

The Bees Knees’ all day break­fasts have be­come a pop­u­lar choice for many cus­tomers, both dur­ing the week as well as over the week­ends.

Kath­leen says the most pop­u­lar choices would be the eggs Bene­dict or the pan­cakes, served ei­ther with berries or ba­nanas and ba­con.

‘‘With all our menu choices we can usu­ally pro­vide a gluten free op­tion, and if it’s not listed on the menu, our cus­tomers are wel­come to ask if we can pre­pare one spe­cially for them,’’ says Kath­leen.

The Bees Knees’ home-made pies are also ex­tremely pop­u­lar, not only for eat­ing in but also for tak­ing home to en­joy later for lunch or din­ner.

Kath­leen says her cus­tomers have their own spe­cial favourites amongst their pie se­lec­tion, es­pe­cially the chicken and mush­room, mince or mince and cheese, the beef and Guin­ness as well as the cur­ried chicken.

An­other cus­tomer favourite at The Bees Knees Cafe is their se­lec­tion of home-made rel­ishes, chut­neys and jams.

‘‘Th­ese are ex­tremely pop­u­lar and peo­ple buy them for them­selves or as gifts for friends.

‘‘We love mak­ing new flavours and of­ten we’ll have cus­tomers bring­ing in fruits or vegeta­bles if they have an over-sup­ply in their gar­dens, and we’ll make up some novel chut­ney or jam.

‘‘I re­cently made some mar­row chut­ney which was ex­tremely pop­u­lar and a cus­tomer gave us some crab ap­ples so I’ve just made up some crab ap­ple jelly.

‘‘We find that chut­neys and jams, as well as the home made fudge, will just walk out the door be­cause they are so fresh and tasty,’’ says Kath­leen.

It’s not only hu­man cus­tomers who en­joy go­ing to The Bees Knees And as Kath­leen says she of­ten has cus­tomers out walk­ing their dogs pop­ping in for a cof­fee and a chat and there’s al­ways a bowl of fresh wa­ter wait­ing out­side as well as a lit­tle treat for their dogs.

The Bees Knees is open week­days from 6.30am un­til 4pm, and from 7am to 2pm on Satur­days, Sun­days and Pub­lic Hol­i­days.

The cafe is also avail­able out­side th­ese hours for pri­vate book­ings.

Kath­leen says she and her team are happy to dis­cuss any menu op­tions that the group would like.

When not serv­ing cus­tomers in the cafe, Kath­leen and her team are kept busy pro­vid­ing out­ca­ter­ing for busi­nesses and pri­vate func­tions, where they can sup­ply any­thing from fin­ger food to for­mal full course din­ners.

So whether you want a quick cof­fee, a hearty break­fast or a de­li­cious meal for a pri­vate func­tion, just pop in and take a seat in the sun or give the friendly team at Bees Knees Cafe a call on (06) 3588399 to make your book­ing.

The Bees Knees Cafe owner, Kath­leen Munn (left) with her friendly team (from left) Rose, Court­ney and Tr­ish.

A small se­lec­tion of The Bees Knees de­li­cious cab­i­net food.

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