Welcome To Your Friendly Nelson Local
Situated in the heart of Richmond, Nelson, The Stables Restaurant & Tavern is historic and distinctive with a close connection to the early days of Nelson. We love where we live and are pleased to be able to offer the best from the region. We pride ourselves on being your relaxed, friendly 'local' restaurant and tavern so why not call in for a meal or to enjoy a relaxing drink with family and friends. We'd love to see you!
We focus on freshly made food using seasonal and local produce and offer an extensive menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner options along with popular platters and snacks, great to share over a beer or wine with friends. We also offer vegetarian options as well as a special Kids' Menu guaranteed to tempt even the fussiest appetite!
Our Drink Selection
At The Stables we are pleased to offer a wide assortment of quality beers and wines including locally produced products as well as all the familiar brands. We also have a special wine menu that can be matched to your food.
With a wide variety of dining areas to choose from The Stables is perfect for a quiet catch up with a friend, family dinner, night out with the girls or romantic dinner. Choose from our intimate dining room upstairs, which can also be used for private functions or any special occasion, to our cosy and warm downstairs dining area as well as our bar which leads out to our wonderfully large covered courtyard, complete with a wide screen TV and stage.
The Stables' History
The Stables Restaurant & Tavern emerged from the rubble of an historic building that once stood as a monument to New Zealand's early thoroughbred industry.
Henry, a pioneer farmer who arrived in the new Nelson settlement from Staffordshire in 1842, was known as the 'Father of the New Zealand turf' for his expertise in breeding fine race horses. Racing was Henry’s chief love. He began importing stock from France. In 1851 when 33 horses arrived, New Zealand’s first stud for breeding thoroughbreds was established. Redwood’s black and red colours became known all round Australasia.
The stables he built in the early 1850’s next to his home in Appleby’s foothills stand restored and recycled, brick by brick, today as The Stables Restaurant & Tavern. The original stables floor has remained in place and is protected by a heritage listing. The Stables Restaurant & Tavern that stands in Richmond today, is as close to the original form as possible and contains more than 35,000 original bricks. Restoration of the Redwood Stables was a fitting memorial to an outstanding pioneer in the district and Father of the New Zealand Turf.
The Stables' People
The Stables Restaurant & Bar is owned by Damian (Damo) Richards and his partner Hania Stronach. Both Damian and Hania worked at The Stables for many years before taking over the business in October 2014.
Damian is a qualified professional chef and managed The Stables for 15 years. Hania worked for 10 years as The Stables duty manager. This has given them both a sound understanding of the needs of clients and they now aim to do things even better enhancing the experience each customer has at The Stables.
Both Nelson locals, Damian and Hania take great pride in the region and supporting other local people and businesses. Their aim for The Stables is simple: to be the best in Richmond!