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Our Story And How It All Started

Karl recently moved back from the UK to make his dream of opening a restaurant in New Zealand a reality. Previously Karl was Chef/Patron of the 4 AA Rosette Old Downton Lodge Restaurant with Rooms, nestled deep in the hills just outside Ludlow, England. 
Under Karl’s leadership, the accolades arrived quickly, with not only the 4 rosettes which put Old Downton in the top 3% of restaurants in the country, but a place in the 2017-2020Michelin Guide.
Karl began his career as a pot wash working for his father at the age of 14, before training at Henley College in Coventry in the UK followed by experiences in many different restaurants in UK. Inspired by his Father, who himself was a Restaurant Manager and Simon Haigh, Executive Chef of The Eden Hotel Collection whilst he was at Mallory Court in Warwickshire helping achieve it’s Michelin Star. He taught Karl ‘A respect for ingredients, focus on flavours, dedication and self belief.’
Working very closely with local suppliers, Karl brings only the freshest produce to the table, producing the daily changing menu from inspirational visits to the Market and foraging expeditions in the Shropshire/Herefordshire countryside.