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Top Tastes is designed to help you find the best food and beverage venues and products; whether you want delicious fish chips, beautiful café food in a winery setting, finely crafted formal dining, food ideas, wine reviews or cocktail recipes this is your guide to the best New Zealand has to offer.

Top Tastes was created by Neil Hodgson and managed by him, he has invited other writers to contribute to the site, this means more regional information will be added as time goes by. You will find a range of opinions, reviews and recipes from people who know their stuff when it comes to food and beverage.

Only reviews written by this select group will be published on the site (you are welcome to leave comments of course) so you will be able to trust the review – no fake reviews, no ranting, just good information to help you choose great things to eat and drink as well as the best places to eat out.

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THE LATEST REVIEWS

Lighthouse Brewery

I first met Dick Tout from Lighthouse Brewery in the late 1970s when he owned RE Tout & Son, a service station on Collingwood St where the 132 Medical Centre is now. During the time he owned the service station he also bought a couple of properties that had been part of the original block […]

The Baker’s Coffee Shop

As published in the Nelson Mail – 03.03.15 One of the things I love about Nelson is the diversity brought to the region by immigrants, they don’t just add numbers to the population, but they bring their culture with them too. We have a large number of ethnic restaurants in Nelson that all make delicious […]

Lighthouse Brewery

I first met Dick Tout from Lighthouse Brewery in the late 1970s…

The Baker's Coffee Shop

As published in the Nelson Mail - 03.03.15 One of the things…

FEATURED ARTICLES

Blackenbrook Vineyards 2020 vintage

A few weeks ago Ursula Schwarzenbach asked me if I would like…

Barbecued & Smoked St Louis Pork Ribs & Coleslaw

Daylight saving starts on the 27th September so that means in…

NAKED WINE - The natural wine movement

There is a worldwide trend in grape growing and winemaking, where…

Covid labour challenges in the rural sector

Well I guess we all expected the coronavirus, Covid-19, to raise…

Middle Earth Wines new release

It has taken a while but the first 2020 vintage new release wine…

Beat Kitchen Food Truck and Function Venue

You will find Beat Kitchen’s food truck serving beautiful burgers,…

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