Food FAQ

Yes. All our main dishes and desserts can be created as gluten free and excluding the chicken and desserts, dairy free. You will need to contact us prior to booking your meal to confirm we can cater for additional allergies.  We can provide vegan Magnums for dairy free guests only, as both our desserts contain butter. We have Allergywise bread and Olivio spread available in the freezer of your accommodation at all times, and can provide milk alternatives on request. We need to know of any allergies at least 2 weeks prior to your stay and appreciate if you are GF but tolerant oats, that you also advise us. We do prepare all our food in our small homestead kitchen and while extra care is taken when we are informed of allergies, we cannot guarantee that there will be no allergen cross-contamination. If you have additional allergies to those mentioned above, please book with Stanley’s Hotel for your dinner and we recommend you advise them of your requirements when you book.

You are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks with you however we also have a variety of snacks and beverages available in our store. Stock can vary so we suggest you check back a day or so prior to your stay to see what we have available. This is a popular option for guests cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail to avoid carrying unnecessary luggage on their bikes and we try to keep prices similar or less than the Four Square supermarkets you can also stock up at.

Sorry, there is strictly one choice of main and dessert per group, just as you would have in your own home.. The only exception to this is the dessert option for vegan Magnum’s for dairy free or vegan members of your group. The dishes we have available appeal to a wide range of our guests but if you are unable to all agree and you are on the Otago Central Rail Trail and have booked our self drive vehicle, you can self drive to Stanley’s Hotel for a small fee. Please let us know via our contact page if you wish to do this. You can pay for the use of the vehicle here.

Absolutely! By default we provide meal bookings where both houses are booked byt he same group, at the Nenthorn Farmhouse, as it is a bigger house and better set up for groups.. We set the table for up to 8 guests but for 8-10 guests we set up a serving area on the dining room sideboard. There are plenty of seats between the dining table, outdoor table and sitting room and 10 chairs will squeeze casually around the table if necessary. If you would prefer to eat in your own houses, please let us know when you book your meal.

We are happy to provide one main and one dessert option per house but only if you are eating separately in your own houses.

We are only able to cater for, and provide alcoholic beverages for up to 10 guests, in order to comply with The Food Act 2014. If you have a larger group you will need to self cater, or if you are on the Otago Central Rail Trail and have booked our self drive vehicle, you can self drive to Stanley’s Hotel for a small fee.

Dinners are strictly for the same amount of guests as the booking. The only exception for this is for children 4yrs and younger where you may opt out of the meal option and self cater for them while still ordering a meal for the older members of the group.

Absolutely! Both of our houses have full, well equipped kitchens with all you need to create your own meals. We have a small selection of herbs and greens you can pick for the garden to garnish your meal. We have a Baby Weber BBQ available on request.

We are more than happy to share our recipes with our guests. Just flick us a text or email.

Yes, unless you request otherwise, the table will be set at your accommodation on your arrival. The exception to this is when we are catering for 9-10 guests at The Nenthorn Farmhouse, where the sideboard will be set up with the crockery and cutlery required for your meal because the dining table only comfortably seats 8 people.

Our children’s meals are strictly for 12 years and under and are generally half the size of an adults portion. If you would like to order an adult sized portion for your child, please let us know. It will be charged at full adult price.

Yes we can. This can be instead of or in addition to the dessert we provide and can also be provided without the need to order a meal with us. We may also be able to order in a special bottle of wine or another request. Please contact us to discuss options and prices.

We appreciate you letting us know your meal plan, even if not eating with us. That way we know you haven’t forgotten to put your order in and it’s super helpful for our planning.

You will need to make sure you are well prepared if self catering and bring your food with you. Depending on which direction you are coming from the closest supermarkets are Ranfurly Four Square (if coming from Hyde), Palmerston Four Square (if coming from SH1), Dunedin/Mosgiel supermarkets (if coming from Middlemarch). There is a dairy with very basic supplies at Middlemarch. We keep a range of snacks and beverages available for purchase. 

Unfortunately there is no food available for purchase at Hyde so you will need to be prepared and to get lunch in Macraes, Ranfurly, Waipiata or Middlemarch depending on what direction you are cycling. If you get to Hyde nice and early, Stanleys Hotel in Macraes does do lunches on Wed-Sun 12pm to 1:30pm however we suggest you call them to check they are open  +64 34652400 particularly if you are a group of 8 or more people. If you have booked our self drive vehicle, you are able to go to Stanleys for a small fee.

For a vegan option, we can do the vegetarisn lasagne with a gluten free, egg free lasagne and dairy free sauce. This will need to be cooked for the entire group. We can provide Dairy Free Almond Magnums  for the vegan guests, while the rest of the group can choose a dessert from our regular menu. Please advise as to the number of guests requiring the Magnum option in the notes when booking your meal.

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Please do not message us here for your meal orders. Orders need to be processed through our online checkout

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Please do not message us here for your meal orders. Orders need to be processed through our online checkout