Ernest Rutherford Village in Nelson, now sports a stylish new café, selling freshly baked goods and barista coffee, plus an extensive selection of teas. The café vibe is friendly, light and spacious with doors opening onto a patio where tables and sun umbrellas are at the ready for those who like lunch or just a cappuccino al fresco style with a view of the garden and bowling green.
Elesha Clark loves her job as a barista and enjoys welcoming the regular residents as well as the community. She’s got to know her customers and can sometimes be seen making their daily coffee fix while they are still walking in!
She says it’s getting busy lately, especially at the weekends with word-of-mouth recommendations meaning more families of residents and locals are popping in for lunch or a quick coffee with ‘a sweet little something’. They like the homemade food, ginger gems, warming pastries, delicious homemade pies, quiches and fresh salads as well as those with a modern twist like gluten-free lemon honey cakes and friands.
“We have a bowling group who come in most Fridays who enjoy being able to look over the green during their get-together, and we also have some pilots who’ve been in – crew that like to keep in touch.
“It’s lovely to see the community come in here as the village is part of this community. Customers often ask about the village and chat with the residents. They love it!"