Our hostess Eileen was off to visit the Ruth Pretty Kitchen Shop, so I went along for the ride too. Ruth Pretty is a big name in corporate catering and weddings in the Wellington area and runs a cooking school as well. The business is situated on 25 acres of rural Te Horo property known as Springfield. The kitchen shop is full to bursting with all sort of kitchen equipment, jams and preserves, and Ruth Pretty’s famous Christmas cake.
Eileen found the perfect Christmas gift for a special friend while I had a good look around. Plates, dishes, and all sorts of kitchen equipment is available. The jams in particular looked delicious, as did the Christmas cakes.
We really needed a coffee and small cake combo (only $5 each) I decided, and this was served in the delightfully airy sun porch just a step or two through the shop. This would be a lovely place to take any visitors with an interest in cooking for a coffee and show them the lovely countryside, or a girls morning tea. Herb plants are grown for sale, and of course for those really keen cook, classes are available at the adjacent cooking school.