Welcome to The Riverhead
The Riverhead has been a house of refreshment and conviviality for around 150 years. In that time it has seen many events and stories come and go, countryfolk and townspeople, fishermen and farmers, smugglers and clergymen, marauding riders of the night through to social visits from the local constabulary. All have played their part in giving The Riverhead a rich stable of stories befitting the oldest riverside tavern in New Zealand.
Paula and Stephen Pepperell, owners and operators of The Riverhead are thrilled at being announced winners at the ATEED’s West Auckland Business Awards. Picking up two awards; ‘Excellence in Strategy & Planning’ and ‘Best Emerging Business’, one of only two businesses to achieve multiple awards.
There were more than 100 entries for these Awards of which there were 32 finalists chasing 14 awards.
All credit goes to the large Riverhead team who are continuing to strive toward excellence and the goal of making The Riverhead, New Zealand’s Most Unique Hospitality Experience.
We are proud to announce the appointment of Paul Jobin to Food and Beverage Director.
Paul comes to us from Sky City Auckland where he was Executive Chef overseeing the destinational restaurant kitchens of Al Brown’s ‘Depot’, Federal Delicatessen, Peter Gordon’s ‘The Sugar Club’, ‘Orbit 360 Dining, ‘Rebo Cafe’, ‘Bellota Tapas Bar’ and the Grand Hotel. He was instrumental in opening ‘The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs’, a Relais Chateaux property based on a panoramic championship standard golf course near Matauri Bay. Paul has won numerous culinary competitions and food awards, participated in a live radio food show, had recipes featured in magazines and has demonstrated all over New Zealand. He appears frequently on TV, most recently as the new kitchen chef on the shopping channel and brand ambassador for Alfa One Rice Bran Oil on You Tube.
His cookery talents have been showcased in amazing cities such as Sydney, Bratislava, Prague and New York. Paul is well respected in New Zealand by his peers for his sound Asian inspired cuisine and workable innovative ideas that was showcased in his recent business at Pure Tastes, Paihia, Bay of Islands. His food style is bold in flavour, with interesting layering of textures whilst also being healthy in concept. Inspirations are drawn from many global cuisines, challenging the diners to open their mind, broadening their palate to something new and exciting.
Paul has twice been a Beef & Lamb Hallmarks of Excellence Ambassador for the Beef and Lamb Marketing Bureau and operates the SMEG Cooking Theatre at the Auckland Home Show. His first cookbook was released in November 2008 ‘a pinch of salt’ which celebrates New Zealand iconic and modern foods and has amazing tips for the passionate cook, with the print run selling out. He has been asked to write his second cookbook over the next year.
Daylight savings starts tomorrow, which always seems to feel like the unofficial start to summer!
Having just returned from the Hospitality Conference in Queenstown, it feels like summer already here in Riverhead, with a notable rise in temperature than that in the stunning south.
We picked up quite a few insights and ideas whilst at our industry conference and have returned all fired up, motivated and ready for a busy summer season.
We are very proud to be runners up in the Hospitality Awards for Excellence for Best Restaurant and Best Live Entertainment. Congratulations to the winners ‘Pumice’ in Hamilton and ‘The Venue’, Auckland.
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