Branch out for Brunch

Branch out for Brunch

Eat first and exercise later, but make sure it’s somewhere different, says Ben Crawford.

As its name and fit-out suggest, The Apothecary Eatery in Howick has been styled along the lines of a pharmacy.
The Apothecary Eatery is a hub of friendly suburban life. Tables flow out on to the footpath as diners lounge in the glow of the morning sun, greeting new arrivals or passersby with a raised hand and warm smile.

Apothecary is the historical term for a pharmacy. An odd name choice for a cafe you might think, but it all clicks when you see the fit-out, one of the most interesting designs I’ve seen. Specimen jars, medicine bottles, lab equipment and taxidermy fill wooden shelves, display cases and dimly lit walls. Workshop lights and ornate chandeliers hang from the raw concrete ceiling and coffees are prepared from behind a prescription counter.

After acquainting yourself with one of the many stuffed animals peering down from the walls, get some sustenance on board. My picks: the egg-white omelette or buttermilk pancakes with black doris plum compote, maple syrup and cinnamon cream.

Avoid any indigestion and ease into things with a short walk along Picton St, which is packed with charming stores and a buzzing bazaar-like market. Or take a step back in time with the family at the Howick Historical Village, a re-creation of a colonial village made from cottages and houses saved from the area.

If you’re craving a tad more exercise, then test your game on the stunning cliff-top fairways of the Howick Golf Course or walk it out along one of the numerous beaches in the area: Bucklands Beach, Eastern Beach, Mellons Bay Beach or Cockle Bay.

Take your pick.

Photo / Ben Crawford NZ Herald, July 20th 2014

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