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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.
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 & 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 local 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.
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 are 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’Arté Café & Gallery
Hare & Copper Eatery & Bar
Jimmy Coops Lakehouse
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