Friday, June 14, 2024


The Central Otago town of Clyde, with its authentic heritage precinct, is a sophisticated mix of the historic and the contemporary and at its heart is the 150-year-old Olivers complex which reflects the village’s early beginnings.

The exceptional collection of stone buildings on the banks of the Clutha River houses Olivers boutique accommodation, the award-winning Olivers Restaurant, the Merchant of Clyde café and Victoria Street Brewery. Olivers operations manager Edward Ritchie says Olivers offers the ideal destination for a day’s visit to Clyde, a winter weekend escape or a business retreat during winter. “There’s nothing quite like getting the clan together for a leisurely lunch or dinner, with our warming winter menu, in front of the fire at Olivers Restaurant. The historic ambience of the old building creates a wonderful atmosphere and it’s not hard to conjure up a time when weary miners once brought their gold to the same building to be weighed before spending their hard earned cash on provisions and a tipple or two.“ The Victoria Store Brewery also harks back to the 1860s when Clyde grew up under the influence of the gold mining era. “The Victoria Store Brewery follows the time honoured tradition of providing refreshment to both locals and weary travellers,” says Edward. “There’s nothing better than sitting back and soaking up the atmosphere within the brewery’s old stone walls while sampling brews such as the Stone Mason Pilsner, the Gold Panner Golden Ale, the Magistrate IPA and the Black Smith Porter which are all reminders of the region’s pioneers.” Edward says Olivers Lodge and Stables is designed to provide an exceptional accommodation experience. There are 11 en-suited rooms beautifully decorated and featuring Oriental rugs and an outstanding collection of original maps. “We endeavour to cater to a cross section of visitors, including cyclists on the nearby trails, so whether it’s a romantic escape into Otago’s heartland, a family celebration or simply an overnight stay we welcome guests from all over the world.” Olivers attracts wide-ranging and positive reviews from its visitors, both international and domestic. “The overwhelming response is an important recommendation and reinforces for us that our refurbishment of Olivers lodge and restaurant and the launch of both the Victoria Store Brewery and the Merchant of Clyde café is meeting a strong demand,” says Edward.