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SITUATED high above the corner of Joll
Rd and Campbell St, the Havelock
North Club boasts panoramas of the
Peak out the back, and stunning vistas
across Havelock North and Hastings out
The views might be worth a million
dollars, but you'll be delighted by the
affordable menu prices at the club's
Sleeping Giant Restaurant, which is
run by chef Tom van Rijk and his wife,
With his surname, it's perhaps
no surprise that since taking over
in December, Tom has earned the
restaurant a reputation for the quality
of its succulent steak and meat dishes,
including the whopping 450gram rump
steak, priced at only $22.
"My father Raymond [from BBQ
Gourmet] is still operating Peak House
Restaurant after 25 years. I was always in
the kitchen with him. I guess you could
say I started my career when I was four
years old," Tom laughs.
Tom refined the culinary skills he
learnt as a youngster during years he
spent travelling through Europe, where
he ended up cheffing in the busiest
tourist districts in Amsterdam, including
the famous Cafe Vertigo, where he met
his future wife, Linda.
Since settling into the Kiwi lifestyle,
the couple has been busy designing
a menu that caters for absolutely
everyone. There's also an ever-changing
specials blackboard, and a different
roast on the menu every week.
"We want to provide honest food in
generous portions," Tom says. "I really
take advantage of the freshness of the
produce we can buy here in Hawke's
Bay -- you don't get that in Europe," says
"And it's been exciting to build
relationships with the club members
and their guests," adds Linda, who is
the friendly face at front-of-house. "We
prefer the personal approach."
A meal at the Havelock North Club
is not just a dining experience, but also
a social occasion. The club offers pool
and billiards, darts, a dance floor, a fully-
stocked bar - with prices as reasonable
as the restaurant -- as well as pokies and
The club can host 200 people and
is available for private functions and
wedding receptions, all of which can be
catered for by Tom and Linda's Vertigo
Catering business, either at the club or
at your own special venue.
The Havelock North Club was founded
61 years ago and still boasts a healthy
membership of 600, and the club's
committee is dedicated to maintaining
the friendly and relaxed atmosphere
currently enjoyed by members, their
families, and their guests.
Generously-sized meals, very reasonable prices,
and commanding views of Te Mata Peak are all
served up at the Sleeping Giant Restaurant at the
Havelock North Club.
Havelock North Club. 4 Campbell St, Havelock North.
Sleeping Giant open Thurs, Fri and Sat nights.
For membership enquiries and reservations Ph: 877-8722, email of-
email@example.com or visit havelocknorthclub.co.nz.
Vertigo Catering: ph: 0211191507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sleeping Giant head chef Tom van Rijk and wife Linda
913 St Aubyns St East, Hastings • ph 06 872 7440
email@example.com • www.vidal.co.nz
For award winning wines and
sumptuous food, Visit Vidal's
Cellar Door and Winery Restaurant
Complete Dining Experience
Mangapapa Petit Hotel serves a tasting menu.
Come in for two course or a selection of several courses.
Whether your appetite be for savoury
or sweet, traditional or adventurous.
We guarantee a memorable and complete
dining experience...The menu changes seasonally to
utilise the stunning produce of both the
kitchen garden and local suppliers.
Stay as long as you like...
466 Napier Road, Havelock North
Ph:878 3234 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner served Friday and Saturday from 6.30
Reservations essential Ph: 06 879 7602
5 course menu with choice of main course $80 pp
Matched to 5 Te Awa wines $110 pp
Restaurant also open fro lunch 7 days from 12noon
Cellar door: Open Thursday to Monday 10am - 4pm
Restaurant and Winery
2009 Chef of the year
Te Awa Winery
2375 State Highway 50, RD5, Hastings
Havelock Road HAVELOCK NORTH
Phone 877 5025
Tuesday Night Roast
Roast Beef or Roast Pork with
Roasted and Fresh vegetables
IN THE HUB OF
(Opp. the Information Centre)
Havelock North Club Inc
welcomes their new caterers
Tom and Linda Van-rijk
Catering for weddings, meetings,
birthdays, morning teas
Quality meals at affordable prices
Havelock North Club Inc
4 Campbell St, Havelock North
Ph 877 8722
Members, guests, a lliated club members welcome
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