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.


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 […]

Winter Dining Deals in Nelson - Nelson Mail 26.05.15

Winter is a tough time for any hospitality business but in a…

Lighthouse Brewery

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


The Apple Shed Kitchen & Bar

The Apple Shed Kitchen & Bar on the Mapua wharf has been…

Anchorage Wines- Stripping back helps Motueka Winemakers and Growers strike gold

Following on from my previous column about how Motueka Winemakers…

Heke Homemade Herbals

It’s been several years since I caught up with Emme Heke from…

Lip-smacking food from down under the hood

The Under The Hood BBQ business is a fantastic success story…

Great Scutt: New label wine for the ages

Scutt Wines is a tiny producer you may not have heard of before…

North Eatery

One of our favourite places to sit in the sun, enjoy a glass…


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