Last weekend we went over to Mapua. For years (decades even) lunch at the Smokehouse Cafe was a great treat. When we first started going the location was fantastic but the food and service was rubbish. Then Tom and Viv Fox took over and it was transformed into a Nelson icon. After one or two changes of ownership it closed down last year. Now Tom and Viv are back. Same location, a few internal changes and new branding. Here’s the view from your table:
For quite a few years this rail was the favourite perch of a white heron, nicknamed “Hamish”. He would move up to the roof if you wanted one of these outside tables.
Viv wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to get her photo (rather, a photo that she would be happy for me to publish). I did catch Tom though:
Visitors to Mapua often tend to arrive in some exotic transport, whether it’s in a classic car:
Or on fewer wheels:
These girls will probably need to freshen up a little before dining: