We were lucky enough to spot the sign leading to The Refinery when stopping for a coffee in Paeroa. You need to look out for the sign , which is on the main road, and then follow it through an alleyway to Willoughby Street. It's only a minute or so, and is definitely worth the walk! This cafe is found in a superb art gallery and garden showcasing local glass artists in particular. The cafe itself is limited in food selection, pretty much Devonshire tea/ scones/ muffins, but the coffee is hot and good. It's only been open since December so I'm sure the range of food will expand. You can sit in a cosy little eating area, or better still go out into the lovely cottage garden and eat surrounded by some gorgeous artwork! All of the work is for sale and is pretty well-priced. The owner and one of the contributing artists, Dermot Kelly, was very friendly and joined us for a chat about art and about the local bike trail. We really loved our stop here, stayed much longer than we'd planned , and will definitely visit again, next time with some money to buy a piece of the lovely glass on display.
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