Monday8:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Tuesday8:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Wednesday8:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Thursday8:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Friday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Saturday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Sunday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
337 Newell Road, Tamahere
Nestled amongst fruit trees, herb bushes and shrubs, Punnet Eatery is a home away from home for frequent visitors thanks to its homely interior, epic kids playground and family-run ethos.
Starting off as a strawberry farm run by the McMahon family, the demand for the berries and then the fruit ice cream soon convinced the family unit that there was more to gain from their beautiful spot in the Waikato country. Opening Punnet Eatery was the next step to ensure their neighbours, and those from further afield, had somewhere to rest up and enjoy a wholesome meal, with The Country Providore following so those same customers could buy much needed groceries, produce and homewares in one easy place.
String lighting, soft lamp light, bare brick interior and beautifully mismatched wooden chairs alongside fresh vases of wild flowers on every table, give Punnet Eatery an easy farm-house feel, where the rustic vibe is not forced but simply comes from genuinely being a much loved place. A refreshing change from the usual small box of kids toys, the half buried train, plane and boat in the outdoor sandpit are all the entertainment your small comrades will need, and a ‘seedling shed’ means they even have their own place to eat amongst other new friends.
Plenty of dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options grace the menu here, but you’re likely to be so wowed by the descriptions that it’ll be the last thing you notice. With an impressive breakfast menu served all day, including the Punnet classics range of eggs, it would be rude to turn down Punnet’s own strawberry hotcakes. Whether you’re coming for an ice cream, on a gift-buying escapade for a friend, or you’re simply passing through for a coffee before the weekend market, Punnet oozes the kind of charm that makes it impossible not to come back time and time again.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
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337 Newell Road, Tamahere
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