Open for meals and drinks from 10:30am most days.

Whether you’re coming off the highway from Nelson or The Old Ghost Road from Stern Valley, your river’s edge oasis is waiting. Like everything else at Rough and Tumble, our licensed cafe is a one-of-a-kind affair that we’ve handcrafted around our edge-of-wilderness setting.

Our café is open to the public as well as lodge guests from 10:30am – 5:30pm. (During our low season, May to October, the café is open when we have guests in-house or anticipate a lot of folks coming on or off the track). Favorites include homemade pizzas, slow cooked pulled pork sandwiches, nachos, and home baking. Then there’s our selection of West Coast Brewery craft beers, wines, cider and spirits.

As evening rolls around, it’s all about our in-house guests. A bountiful two-course Feast of the Day is served at 6:30pm. Bookings for dinner are essential.

Upon check-in, we’ll ask if you’d like to sign up for 8:30am cooked breakfast. Continental breakfast is included in your room tariff and can be taken at your leisure.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can we bring our own food and use your kitchen?

No sorry; our kitchen/bar area is not available for guest use.

Can we dine on our own meals in the lodge?

Sorry, no. We’re happy to direct you to picnicking spots nearby.

Can we BYOB?

No; our liquor license does not allow that.

Are there other dining options nearby?

Absolutely! The Seddonville Pub is 4km back down the road. Miners on Sea is in Granity, and the Cow Shed Café at Gentle Annie is open seasonally.

Our group wants to self-cater. Is that an option?

While we used to offer self-catering in the winter months this is generally now not compatible with our fully licensed café operations. We recognise that on special occasions (e.g. weddings) groups may prefer exclusive use of the lodge and the option of their own catering; we are always happy to discuss ideas you – please email us at

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