Food Blog

As a diary writer since I was in my mid teens, writing is something I simply need to do - a reflex muscle that has to be exercised on a regular occasion - and the blog page is one way that I get to express that need, and which helps me be a happier and nicer person! Unlike the newsletter, we don't send out blogs, because people don't need to be bombarded regularly with my opinions, but they are here on the website for those interesting in checking in. And in the process they give me an opportunity to vent on all sorts of subject matters, usually Hospitality orientated, but not always.


Read More Stones

Posted on Fri, 17/11/2017

We eat out as often as we can to see what others are doing, to be inspired in a professional sense, and also simply, because we enjoy hospitality. Part of observing what is happening in other restaurants is done to keep ourselves...>>>

Read More A reminder of how many years have gone past!

Posted on Sun, 12/11/2017

Every so often I get a wake up call as to how many years have gone by since those stress filled days when we first opened up at Somerset and dealt with all we had too over those first few years - young and green and naive...>>>

Read More Dinner Parties

Posted on Sat, 28/10/2017

W're about to head out for brunch with Hannah, an occasional event that I look forward too, because even though we live in the same house, our respective weekly routines mean that we don't often get to catch up, so...>>>

Read More Watch!!!

Posted on Thu, 26/10/2017

Some of the best reading I get to do during the week is in my avidly awaited weekly hard copy of The New Yorker.  Always a good day when that arrives in the letterbox. The writing is almost without exception exquisite...>>>

Read More One of our food heros - Gabrielle Hamilton

Posted on Fri, 06/10/2017

We have a number of food hero's. When we started out at Somerset, our focus was pretty much influenced by Pierre Meyer, who Rick worked for at Pierres restaurant in Wellington prior to us moving up to Tauranga and opening...>>>

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