Even though it's a 20-minute drive from either Hokitika or Greymouth, on the main State Highway 73, this restaurant has been drawing locals from both towns since the hotel was reopened in 2012. Built in 1876 during the heady Kumara gold rush days, the hotel fell into disrepair as Kumara township dwindled severely. Owners Kerrie and Mark Fitzgibbon spent two years restoring the property and put a former Huka Lodge chef into the kitchen, and now the place hums. Lunch offers
classy salads, pastas, terrines, and the ubiquitous West Coast whitebait (in season). You can enjoy a high tea, then dinner steps up with a small but stylish selection of entrées, mains, and desserts. The menu changes with the season but you can guarantee top-quality beef, venison, duck, and beer-battered fish-and-chips. The philosophy is to make the three courses the "complete dining experience." There's also a great locals' bar scene with live music and community events. And be sure to wander around the village, reading the information panels telling of its rich history.