Residents on Whangaparaoa Peninsula now have a place they can call “home”.
The Good Home is the new pub in Stanmore Bay, part of the Union Hospitality group and run by owner/operators Richard Pepper and Sarah Fowlie. The couple have gone to great lengths to make it a place where everyone will feel welcome.
“Union Hospitality pride themselves on having fantastic venues and we wanted a pub with a difference,” Richard says.
The Good Home, located in the Whangaparaoa New World complex, offers a choice of dining options including meals at the bar and specialty beers on tap. Sports fans are well catered for with seven big screens throughout the pub.
Richard’s English heritage is reflected in the menu. Coming up this winter will be toad in the hole, traditional roast and Welsh rarebit.
“One of our most popular meals is the Coronation chicken salad. In 1953, a competition was held to choose the recipe that would be used for the Queen’s Coronation Day lunch.
This salad was the winner and while it is an old recipe, it truly is a modern meal and locals love it.
“In England, the pub was the centre of the community and that’s the sort of atmosphere we want to develop at The Good Home.”
Sophie and Ria from Burning Red Design’s interior design flair has delivered a style that is modern but with cheeky retro touches, which Sarah has added to in the form of the retro teacups and the old-fashioned tomato sauce bottles.
Richard and Sarah met in the early 1990s when they worked at Harbourside, in the old Ferry Building in Auckland.
Together, they have more than 40 years’ experience working in hospitality.
They moved to the Coast so they could ‘live the lifestyle dream’. “I have such fond memories of day tripping to Stanmore Bay as a child,” Richard says. “Those were days filled with fishing, sailing and swimming, and eating the best fish ‘n’ chips on the beach; I really wanted that lifestyle for my family. “The opportunity presented by Union Hospitality to be involved in this place was too good to pass up on.”
Sarah says the pub is already starting to become a popular place for locals to head to after work to catch-up with friends. “It’s great to see our ideas paying off. Hospitality is who we are and we do what we love.
“It’s not just a job – it’s very much a part of our lives.”