Good Food Guide - - Marlborough -

There is a deep sense of com­mu­nity at Ar­bour. Liz But­ti­more works along­side her part­ner Bradley Hornby (above) to de­velop col­lab­o­ra­tions with lo­cal grow­ers and ar­ti­sans, cham­pi­oning the very best that Marl­bor­ough has to of­fer. It’s that sense of place and cel­e­bra­tion of the lo­cal that sets this restaurant apart. The decor is sim­ple and wel­com­ing, cosy and com­fort­able. With a small menu, the best value is to be had on the “just feed me” op­tions of three, four, five or many cour­ses. Hornby has a won­der­ful sense of the im­por­tance of tex­ture and bal­ance in his cook­ing – a dish of surf clams, wild mus­sels, potato tex­tures and curry oil demon­strates that ably. Ser­vice, led by But­ti­more, is friendly and en­gag­ing, and the staff clearly know the menu and fer­vidly parochial wine list in­side out. But­ti­more ra­di­ates a warmth and knowl­edge that com­bine to de­liver a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence from start to fin­ish.

36 God­frey Rd, Blen­heim, 03 572 7989, ar­ Din­ner Tues-sat, mains $36-$39

IN BRIEF Lo­cal-fo­cused, mod­ern cui­sine from peo­ple who care

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