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Discover James Cooper's Taupō

Farmer and Brewer - Lakeman Brewing Co.

James is passionate about food, beer and supporting locals. His Taupō is about the secret eateries, cafes, restaurants, and bars dotted around the lake that he loves. 

James' food tour around Lake Taupō

To complement Lakeman's best brews, James expanded his love of food and beer as co-owner of Jimmy Coops Lakehouse. With 15 taps of Lakeman Brewing proudly on display, this is the ultimate burger & beer bar in Taupō town centre.

Between the lineup of huge burgers crafted for the perfect marriage of ingredients stacked together and their Lakeman taps of fruity IPAs to refreshing lagers to heart-warming stouts, you'll have to make some hard choices about what to make room for! Perfect for a mid-winter chat or lakefront summer evening!

A favourite spot for James is Floating Rock Vineyard and Cafe in Taupō's Western Bays. This working vineyard is tucked away in scenic Kuratau. The cafe offers delicious wood-fired pizzas with a glass of their locally grown Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.  

Further around the lake, you will find Hare & Copper Eatery. It is the latest edition to the Tūrangi foodie scene but already has established itself as a firm locals favourite. This family-owned and operated restaurant offers a great range of food and beverages in a beautiful riverside setting. Look out for their local music events on their Facebook page.

Kinloch beach is a popular spot for the Cooper family on summer days. And a trip to Kinloch would not be complete without popping into the Tipsy Trout. The sleepy lakeside settlement comes alive during summer and school holidays with visitors who descend on the Tipsy for their morning coffee, lunch or evening meal. Their Thirsty Thursdays' locals evening is legendary, and there's no better place for a celebratory beer and hearty meal after tackling the Great Lake Trails.

James will often shout the team a coffee from L'Arte Cafe and Gallery in Acacia Bay on a cold morning. The café and gallery is a truly visual and edible feast. Set in a magical, art-filled garden, complete with an outside mosaic living room they serve hearty fare and Allpress coffee.

 

Places of interest

L'Arte Cafe & Gallery

Hare & Copper Eatery & Bar

Jimmy Coops Lakehouse

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