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The Postmasters Residence Restaurant Arrowtown Queenstown

about the postmasters residence restaurant

The Postmasters Residence - about The Postmasters Restaurant

The Postmasters Residence has a colourful history and is considered one of the gems of Arrowtown’s rich heritage, having been a feature of its main street since the 1860s.

The original house burnt down in 1907 but was replaced with a stunning bay villa which has now been carefully preserved for more than a century.

Located next to Arrowtown’s historic Post and Telegraph Office, the villa was used by Post Office staff until the 1980s, housing the last postmaster until 1982.  After being retired from service, the house became a Bed and Breakfast and then an artist's residence before becoming a restaurant.

In 1996 plans to demolish the building and build apartments fired up the Arrowtown community and they convinced the Queenstown Lakes District Council to place a Heritage Protection Order on the building.

In 1997, this order was removed and the community again responded by raising funds to purchase the building.

Before being on-sold to a developer, various convenants were agreed to - including the protection of the gardens - to ensure the Postmasters Residence and Post Office would remain historic town features.

Ex-pat English/Irish couple Sam Laycock and Maria Kealy, together with longtime local restaurateur Ian MacLennan, took over Postmasters in March 2013.

Their aim?  To knock the socks off locals and visitors with a dining experience that seamlessly blends today’s tastes with a slice of the town’s rich heritage.

"We're giving our diners a true local experience which combines the cottage’s old world charm and stunning setting with the best in Central Otago food, wine and hospitality.

"We want people to come and relax, enjoy a drink, a fine meal and good conversation.  It’s the kind of place you can bring your girlfriend or your grandmother and have a great time with either,” says owner/chef Sam.

Sam Laycock has created a diverse menu with a strong emphasis on fresh seasonal flavours, top quality local produce, and a nod to international influences.

“Good food, done simply and well, is hard to beat.  I like to bring three key ingredients together to create a dish which showcases fresh seasonal flavours and makes people want come back and order it again and again,” Sam says.

Dishes are perfectly complemented by a stunning wine list, created by co-owner and wine buff Maria Kealy, featuring a range of Central Otago’s best as well as international wines.  After working in restaurants, vineyards, wineries and wine retail stores around the world, she believes New Zealand, and Central Otago in particular, is a goldmine for wine lovers.


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