Yesteryears Museum Cafe

Who: Yesteryears Museum Cafe

What/Why: 

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Yesteryear, a general store/ living museum reminiscent of the Walton’s, began life in Tuatapere with a simple idea in mind. 

When the building the site, a former men wear shop, which now sits on, came up for sale Helen Mckay brought it. Namely as it provided a space for all the material she had collected; “that was taking up whole rooms we needed”. That was nine years ago. Since then the cafe – museum – store has become a very popular tourist attraction attracting thousands though the door each season. In side some explore their memories time traveling backwards. Others enjoy the sunshine which pours into the built on conservatory. Others sit outside enjoying the hot sun, the songs of bird and the fragrance of flowers which fill the air. The store is full of 1950’s nostalgia, complete with a record player, playing 1940’s 1950’s tracks, a coal range and other memorabilia.  Yet the walls of wooden spoons, egg beaters, silver ware, kitchen clocks, make it clear the kitchen is never far away as at the counter giant carrot cakes and high tea treats (served on classic silver ware) entice you to a time of  yesteryears. The shop screams of a time when we all baked, preserves and pickled.

The shop appeals to old and young. “It causes Grandparents to  remember their child hood and the younger one to recall their grandparents”  says Helen.  Her idea for food is straight forward “I’m not a chef I’m good cook who wants to cook all the recipes we as kiwi use to make and bake as part of our normal New Zealand way of life. 

  • Traditional Home Cooked Food
  • Breakfast -Lunch -Morning Afternoon Teas
  • Dunner by Candle light
  • Functions a speciality
  • Home of the Famous Happy Valley Fresh Salads.

www.westernsouthland.co.nz

When: Open 7 Days 7:30-5;30 October -April

Where: 3A ORAWARA ROAD TUTAPERE PH; 03 226 6682

Yesteryears Museum Cafe

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