NEW LIFE FOR ARROWTOWN’S MUCH-LOVED STABLES

NEW LIFE FOR ARROWTOWN’S MUCH-LOVED STABLES

NEW LIFE FOR ARROWTOWN’S MUCH-LOVED STABLES 3000 4500 The Flyer Magazine

General manager Alice Sheehy and head chef Ben Jones with the new-look Bendix Stables.

One of Arrowtown’s most treasured historic buildings, built in 1873 as the stables for the founding father of Queenstown, Bendix Hallenstein, has been injected with new life, warmth and great food.

Formerly the long-time Stables Restaurant, the much-treasured old building has been reborn as Bendix Stables Watering Hole and Food Emporium, by its consortium of new owners with local chef Ben Jones and former pizzeria owner Alice Sheehy at the helm. 

Head chef and co-owner Ben, who previously hails from Millbrook Resort, Chop Shop and Fishbone, has already got the punters coming back for his winning squid tentacles and tube served with tapioca squid ink crisp and chili caramel. Alice, who formerly owned Off Piste Pizza in Arrowtown, is a co-owner and the general manager. Bendix is also backed by Davey McKenzie and his Ivy & Lola’s and Atlas partners, as well as Solutions Building’s Tom Hazlett and partners.

Bendix Stables Arrowtown

“It’s such a fantastic old building with so much history and rich heritage, listed by the Historic Places Trust, and it has that wonderful outlook over the green so too good an opportunity to miss,” says Davey.

The main dining room and cosy, private dining area upstairs was originally built in 1873 as a stable for Bendix’s horses. Bendix Hallenstein (1835 – 1905) was an inventive local entrepreneur who had a major impact on the Wakatipu from the 1860’s to 1880’s.

A lot of effort has gone into insulation and heating, installing underfloor heating to complement the two open fires with extra warmth. “We’ve tried to create a hybrid of Atlas and Ivy and Lola’s with 14 tap beers and two wines on tap as part of a kind of joint venture that we’ve done with Mt Edward Winery,” he says.

The new partners have embraced what was there creating a rustic, stone vibe, complete with dried flowers encircled with barbed wire, hanging from old ladders and hooks in the ceiling.