A Winter Guide To Fire & Food Around Hawke’s Bay

Best Places to Eat in Hawke’s Bay this Winter

Winter in Hawke’s Bay is the perfect excuse to try out all the local eateries, because what else are you going to do when it’s raining. With endless food options in Hawke’s Bay; whether they are gumboots and all casual type spots, to the finest of dining experiences; we truly are spoilt for choice! Since the eatery options are never-ending, ‘On the blog this Winter we are doing a roundup of the team’s favourite local spots that offer a roaring fire – to ensure you are nice and toasty while venturing out and about over Winter.


Here are our top 5 local eateries to make the most of Hawke’s Bay this winter;

Maina Café & Bistro

Just through our courtyard, at 1 Havelock Road you will find local gem Maina. A family-run cafe & bistro with a roaring fireplace; that has a focus on simplicity and smiles. With a mixed offering of divine fresh-baked cabinet treats; as well as scrumptious day and night menu. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee or a meal in front of the fire during your stay with us!


Exciting news – As of July 23rd, 2019, Guests of Porters Boutique Hotel can enjoy delicious breakfasts at Maina with the convenience of charging back to their hotel rooms!

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Black Barn Bistro

A rainy afternoon savouring a glass of red wine in front of the fire. Don’t mind if we do.  Black Barn Bistro is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and Thursdays to Saturday for dinner. Now, if their usual delicious fare and stellar wine and cocktail list isn’t enough to sway you out of the house; their Winter happy hour (4-6pm) food and drinks offers should be! Make sure to follow them on social media to keep up to date with their specials!

Learn more about Winter happy hour.

Rose and Shamrock Village Inn

Tried and true, the Rose and Shamrock is always a great choice for comfort food and brews on a miserable Winters day. Open 7 days a week, the authentic village pub is a perfect choice for those after a hassle-free meal. The traditional pub-style menu is generous, the staff are friendly, the Guinness is on tap and the fire is always roaring; it’s easy to see why us locals love the cosy atmosphere of the Rose and Shamrock on a chilly day!

Mull over their extensive beer list here

Hygge Café at Clifton Bay

While a Sunday drive may not be top of the list on a cold Winters day, a drive to Hygge is certainly worth it. No matter if it’s simply for a great coffee and sweet treat or something more substantial from their menu, your taste buds will not be disappointed. Hygge has quickly become a favourite among locals for their relaxed music sessions and now that they’ve launched their Winter line up, we can’t wait to head along for a platter on Sunday afternoons. If you can, we certainly recommend getting cosy in the lounge area right in front of the fire – race you to it!

See the winter music line up

Te Awa Winery Restaurant

A little further out, on the famous Gimblett Gravels is the rustic and stunning Te Awa Winery, Restaurant and Cellar Door. Open 7 days a week for wine tastings and their divine shared dining menu, it is a spot that can easily brighten up the most miserable of Winters days! With an enamouring open fireplace that roars all Winter long plus, views across their endless vineyards it is the perfect Winters day escape. Word on the street is that Te Awa Cellar Door (which they share with Vidal Estate Wines) is currently under renovations and re-opens late July! So, definitely add it to your list of Winter adventures in August.

Find out more about Te Awa