The Fat Duck Gastropub in Te Anau
If you are going to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound or anywhere in Fiordland you will generally make your base in the town of Te Anau. Te Anau is situated right next to Lake Te Anau which makes it a wonderful place to explore with calm and peaceful surroundings.
Of course, with any small town, it’s sometimes hard to find a good quality pub or restaurant to eat, rather than the usual takeaways. If you have been traveling and or hiking all day you need to make sure you are fueled for your next adventure throughout the Fiords, especially when you need to try some fresh New Zealand food.
Well, Te Anau has a pub and restaurant in one place called ‘The Fat Duck Gastropub’ and you definitely want to try it before you leave town.
The Fat Duck Gastropub Te Anau
It's situated at 124 Town Centre, Te Anau and is not just your ordinary pub. The Fat Duck is a bar and restaurant that serves a wide selection of beer and wine but also specialises in serving quality, high-end meals.
After our epic night on board the Fiordland Discovery Cruise at Milford Sound, then the long drive back to Te Anau, we needed a good quality fresh meal that would get us ready for our next journey the following day to Doubtful Sound.
The Fat Duck didn’t disappoint
The Fat Duck is split in two, the casual bar area is located as you walk in and behind a partial wall is the main dining area. This is what I like about The Fat Duck is that it separates the casual drinkers from those who want to enjoy a very nice meal rather than feel like you are just in a pub. So whether you have come for a casual or fine dining meal or just chips with a beer The Fat Duck will be your place to come. During the day and long summer night hours they have an outside area to casually watch the world go by.
There is plenty to choose from the menus, depending on the time of day (though it's not one of those menus where there is too much to even make a decision). The menu is well set out with your choice of sharing plates including their famous pulled duck wontons, lighter meals like steamed green lip mussels and duck salad, pub classics including burgers like duck or chicken as well as the main menu for meat and fish lovers like local fresh fish, sirloin, lamb etc.
What did we have?
We had the famous pulled duck wontons with sweet and sour sauce as a starter then Charlotte had the grilled lamb salad (with plenty of beautifully sliced lamb), I had the sirloin steak (cooked medium rare, just how I like it) with gratin potato and seasonal vegetables and red wine jus to go with my steak.
The size of the meals were great, as you can see by the pictures we were full though decided at the last minute we couldn’t leave without trying the vanilla crème brulee with mango sorbet and baby meringues, all we can say is just make room for it.
So if you are staying or traveling to Te Anau make sure you pop into The Fat Duck Te Anau for some fresh quality food and try some of their selection of New Zealand’s best beer and wine.
You can follow them on Instagram @thefatduckteanau or contact them for a booking (recommended as it does get busy in peak seasons) on +64 3 249 8480. They are open 7 days 9 am until late.
Have you been to The Fat Duck Te Anau? Leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite dish is?