Olivers Lodge and Restaurant began serving up its special brand of hospitality in Clyde 150- years ago and today still retains a prominent place in the heart of historic Clyde.
The heritage listed collection of stone buildings house Olivers boutique accommodation, award winning Olivers Restaurant, Merchant of Clyde Café and the Victoria Store Brewery.
Olivers operations manager Edward Ritchie says “whether it’s a day trip to Clyde, a romantic weekend away or a business retreat, the Olivers complex is a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life”.
Originally known as the Victoria Store, the first building on the site was constructed in 1869 by Benjamin Naylor, to provide provisions to the miners who converged on the Central Otago goldfields.
“Now as home to Olivers Restaurant the warmth of the old stone walls combined with a substantial menu and a glowing fire provide the sort of atmosphere the early gold miners could only dream of,” he says.
The Victoria Store Brewery, located between Olivers restaurant and its bar, is a two-level gravity fed craft brewery which was designed and built using local craftsmanship and produces a Pilsner, I.P.A, Golden Ale, E.S.B, and a Porter.
“The brewery follows the time honoured tradition of providing a welcome sanctuary from the cold and refreshment for anyone in need,” says Edward.
Nearby, The Merchant of Clyde Cafe, Deli and Bakery offers freshly baked goods and a wide range of specialty chutneys and preserves produced on site. The delicatessen features local cheese, house smoked salmon and freshly baked bread as well as a variety of products from around New Zealand.
Olivers Lodge and Stables boutique accommodation provides an exceptional experience. Built over two decades (1870s-1880s) the 11 en-suited rooms are centred around a peaceful sun-drenched courtyard and provide an elegant mix of stone walls, oriental rugs and antique maps.
“Clyde is staking its claim firmly on the Central Otago map as a significant tourism destination and is fast becoming a must visit for both domestic and international visitors,” says Edward. “The Olivers complex is very much part of the attraction and the fact that it is protected by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust ensures it will continue to play an important role for generations to come.”