The Old Clyde Bank
It’s probably a bit obvious to state where this restaurant is located. The name kind of says it all. This former Bank of New Zealand building was originally constructed in 1861 but has had several iterations since then. It’s a cafe by day and on Friday and Saturday nights, extends to an evening restaurant as well. With Chef Werner at the helm (he was a chef at Mt Difficulty for 13 years) the food is consistently great.
Clever, creative and full of flavour, dishes change regularly but cater to all tastes from ceviche with pickled daikon, wakame, chilli, and pineapple and tequila salsa to merino lamb rump with butternut puree, cauliflower, puy lentils and thyme. The home baking is sublime and also available to take out if you don’t have room for dessert straight after dinner. Guests also love the entire side room of beautiful products that are all made on-site - so you can take a little bit of Central home with you in your suitcase. Think gherkin relish, bbq spice rub, vanilla nectarines, chai spiced pears, green tomato chutney and so much more.
Olivers has multiple charms, one of which is definitely its historic appeal. Built in 1869 by merchant, Benjamin Naylor, it is recognised as one of Otago’s most significant heritage buildings - with a category one classification from New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
There are so many ways to enjoy Olivers culinary delights - grab-n-go cafe and bakery fare, sit-down dinners in the restaurant (or in the lovely courtyard, depending on the weather). They even brew beer on-site for your purchasing or drinking pleasure. The team also does a great range of house-made condiments (made from locally grown produce) and other gourmet treats that they sell in the cafe. Olivers is also a wonderful place to stay - immaculate luxury with great style and attention to detail.