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The Mussel Inn

The Mussel Inn
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Onekaka, Takaka
Tel: (03) 525 9241
http://www.musselinn.co.nz
Built in 1992 by Jane and Andrew Dixon and their two sons, Henry and Toby, the Mussel Inn could be described as ‘Kiwi woolshed’ meets ‘Aussie farmhouse’ in style of construction. A single room with a veranda on three sides, chunky wooden furniture (tables good to dance on) and a large open fire create a space that is rustic and homely. No need to get dressed up - in fact there is no dress code - although it would generally be more appropriate if some clothes were worn - the atmosphere is laid-back and family friendly.
The fare is simple and wholesome and as much as possible, prepared in our own kitchen. Famous for our fresh steamed mussels and thick mussel chowder, we also do steak, fish and vegetarian options and a range of snacky foods are always available.
We also produce all our own beers, ales, ciders soft drinks and occasional house wines in a small brewery located adjacent to the Mussel Inn. Home made lemonade and ginger beer will please those looking for something non alcoholic and a small selection of Nelson area wines and a basic range of spirits for those who are.
The Mussel Inn is a performance venue and Live music is a regular feature, usually on a weekend night - and every second night over January. All genres of music are covered although original singer songwriters seem to get the lions share of the gigs. Our performers are not background music for your conversations so if you have lots of interesting stuff to talk about to your friends, please enjoy the fire outside!  No Pokie machines or TV's - not even a pool table - we're just not that sort of place! So when you come to enjoy the music - you come to enjoy the music.
Golden Bay is very seasonal, with the resident population of around 5000 being bumped up to 25,000 from Christmas to the middle of January. If you really must come at this time, expect plenty of time to enjoy some pre dinner drinks while we prepare your food. The Mussel Inn is run by real people - locals mostly - some second generation now - who don't expect tips or to be treated like servants.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use reclaimed or low embodied energy building materials We use renewable natural furnishings We instruct staff in green practices We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

Check out the environment page on our website

Dietary Selections: We offer

Vegan Vegetarian Organic Food Locally sourced food Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

We try to use organic where ever practical and where thje over all effect will be benificial. By weight, the malt we use in our brewing would represent about 80% of our ingredient usage and this, along with all of our hops, is locally grown organic. We also offer a couple of organic wine choices.

Facilities

Composting toilets and waterless urinals. All nutrients are recycled back through our orchard. Cardboard packaging is shredded for use as a bulking material in the toilets

Total Capacity

No accom sorry

Directions

Half way between Takaka and Collingwood in the heart of Golden Bay. About a 2 hour drive over the 'marble mountain' fro Nelson.
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User Reviews

There are: 1 reviews, with an average rating of 0.0 out of 5
Hi there - are you open for dinner Sunday night - visiting from Aussie travelling with Kiwi in-laws
Posted by Jules Johnson on 2017-02-16 17:50:51