Joelle Thomson

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NZ’s best winery restaurant enters a new era

Pegasus Bay Winery restaurant has won more awards than any of its peers over the past decade, deservedly so, as anyone who has eaten there will attest – and this week the family who owns it has announced a new lease of life as a private events venue – “It’s been a tough decision but we feel confident it’s the right one for now,” says Edward Donaldson, marketing manager (pictured below left).

Above: A truffle and wine matching meal at Pegasus Bay restaurant.

Above: Great wines of the world line the walls of the restaurant, which will enter a new era as an events centre.

The winery restaurant first opened its doors in 1992 and will now be used for private events to replace à la carte dining offering, in a new era for the hospitality side of the winery, starting in spring 2020. The cellar door will reopen on weekends at C-19 level 2.

“We feel opening our venue for private events will allow us to utilise the space more effectively compared with operating a lunch time restaurant, given the likely ongoing border restrictions as well as a number of other COVID-19 related factors working against us,” says Donaldson.

Pegasus Bay Winery Restaurant has an international reputation for outstanding food and wine, spectacular gardens and impeccable service. It has won its category in Cuisine Magazine’s Good Food awards an unprecedented eight times.

Belinda Donaldson has managed the restaurant for the past 15 years and will continue to look after the hospitality side of the business during this new era as events manager.

Onwards and upwards in a new era for Pegasus Bay Restaurant.
(It is, undoubtedly, one of the best places to eat and drink in New Zealand – my note.)