Napier bistro, Central Fire Station, has won three categories at this year’s Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards.  The exquisite Art Deco venue, as featured in the February 2020 edition of Hospitality Business, won the Supreme Establishment of the Year, Outstanding Restaurant, and Outstanding Ambience and Design awards.

Co-owners, Flor Meneham and Sam Clark, have joined the ranks of delighted former Aucklanders who are lapping up their new Hawke’s Bay lifestyles. They discovered the local hospo scene is super vibrant and believe there are more good restaurants in Hawke’s Bay than any other region. Biased or not, they’re undeniably meeting and working with phenomenal producers and operators who are doing really exciting things for the industry. 

Asked whether the exquisite Art Deco venue influences their menu, “Yes”, comes the quick reply. “In terms of our food style we don’t like to make things too complicated but felt the building requires a certain elegance. It is beautiful with an immaculate fit out and that inspires us to create dishes that are stylish, classic and modern.  

“Initially we thought the Bistro would be more casual but we sensed the customers wanted something special too, and they constantly let us know that we’re delivering.”

Hawkes Bay locals have also had their say selecting Piku Restaurant and Cocktail Bar as their favourite establishment.

Fresh from winning Best Vineyard in Australasia in the World’s Best Vineyard awards, Craggy Range follows this up taking two of the top accolades winning outstanding winery restaurant, along with best chef for Casey McDonald.

Those looking for a great coffee and brunch won’t be disappointed with Zach Wilkins of Little Frimley Kitchen voted top barista and Georgia on Tennyson taking out outstanding coffee establishment while Maina wins the accolade of outstanding café.

Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois says, “Hawkes Bay has some of the nation’s best restaurants, an abundance of fresh produce and world-class wineries, making it a mecca for diners.

“The Restaurant Association is dedicated to supporting the hospitality industry, providing support to business owners and the future leaders of our industry. The awards give us an opportunity to promote the local hospitality community, bringing people together to recognise our achievements in what continue to be challenging times. It is more important than ever to connect and celebrate one another’s success.”

Hawkes Bay Hospitality Awards Winners 2021

Meadow Fresh Outstanding Barista

Zach Wilkins of Little Frimley Kitchen

The National Distillery Outstanding Bartender

Dave Morris, Funbuns

Coca-Cola Europacific Outstanding Front of House Team

Mister D Dining

Service Foods Outstanding Chef

Casey MacDonald, Craggy Range

EIT Emerging Chef

Gurjot Singh, Piku Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Menulog Outstanding Street Food/Takeout

Vinci’s Pizza

Restaurant Association of NZ Outstanding Coffee Establishment

Georgia on Tennyson

Bidfood Outstanding Cafe


Waitoa Beer Outstanding Bar

Common Room

Cocktail Collective Outstanding Cocktail Experience

Monica Loves

Trinity Hill Outstanding Wine & Beverage List

Matisse Wine Bar

OneMusic Ambience & Design

Central Fire Station Bistro

Nova Energy Outstanding Regional Establishment

Puketapu Pub

Karma Drinks Outstanding Ethnic Cuisine

Asian Diner

dinefind Outstanding Winery Restaurant

Craggy Range

Napier City Council Outstanding Restaurant

Central Fire Station Bistro

Dish Catering Outstanding Sales Rep

Steve Olley, Paratua Wines

Toitoi Venues Outstanding Supplier

Brave Brewing Co.

Hawke’s Bay Today People’s Choice

Piku Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Gilmours Supreme Award

Central Fire Station Bistro

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