The Country Cafe, Geraldine
Lovely Geraldine, a picturesque town on New Zealand’s South Island, welcomes a newcomer to the culinary landscape in the form of The Country Café. Open seven days a week, The Country Café is combination café, bar and restaurant. If you’re looking for delicious, home-made food, it’s definitely the place to go. Best of all, most of its meals are gluten free – even the desserts!

The Country Café - Café – owned by Clinton Boyle, his wife, grandmother and stepdaughter, Sara Honeymen - opened its doors in mid-2015. “My grandmother and my wife are both celiac, so we decided we’d offer gluten-free food to the public. We’ve had great feedback from our customers. We do main meals and deserts…simple but good healthy food and home-made. And even though the food is gluten-free, we don’t charge extra for it. That includes the cakes and pastries. We do a banoffee pie in a jam-jar that people can’t get enough of.

“Sara is a chef, so she does all the cooking. She decided she wanted to own her own place so I got right behind the idea. It’s been really great and we’re trading really well. Before opening the business, I was a truck driver for years in Brisbane and Melbourne, then I was a depot manager in an office in Karatha, Western Australia. I don’t miss the office work! We’re originally from the Geraldine area and are really enjoying being part of the community again.”

I ordered it on a Thursday and it was here on the following Tuesday!

Along with their gluten-free selection, Clinton believes their coffee is the star of the show. “We’ve got a micro-roaster that essentially turns green coffee beans into roasted beans. I roast all the coffee, every three days, so it’s always fresh. We do our own blend using three types of coffee bean. One of the beans is really sweet so it’s great for people who are trying to get off sugar.

“The person I got my espresso machine from recommended Silver Chef for the equipment we needed to start things off. Plus I have some friends that live just north of Brisbane who have a fish and chip shop, and they use Silver Chef as well. Initially I got an 800-litre upright freezer and it was really, really good. Sara’s only about 4 foot 10 so now she doesn’t have to bend into one. I ordered it on a Thursday and it was here on the following Tuesday!
If something goes wrong with it, Silver Chef will get someone to fix it immediately. And if you hire it for a year, you can buy it at the end of the year for a lower price plus six months of your rent back. It’s not dead money and we can claim it on tax as well. The products are brilliant and the people are great.”
Clinton Boyle
The Country Cafe, Geraldine

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