Words: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Photography: Brydie Thompson
Tauranga, you can now get Henry & Ted’s famous scones without having to drive to Papamoa East. George Gibson and Connie Richards recently took over the reins of Elizabeth Cafe & Larder, adding to their successful and growing empire of cafes.
“It was just too good an opportunity to turn down,” says George on the snap decision to buy this landmark cafe. “It’s such a great space and location,” continues George who started his foray into hospitality ownership with a container cafe on the site that was to be Henry & Ted. Fast forward four years and George is at the helm of the bustling Papamoa icon that is Henry & Ted and, along with his business partner Connie, runs The Coffee Project in Papamoa and Hull Road.
“The key,” Connie says, “is friendly service matched with great food. Oh, and the coffee of course,” she smiles. The day I popped in for a chat with this dynamic duo, Kōkako Organic Coffee were busy installing a gorgeous new coffee machine while the chefs were working on creating a new menu.
You might notice a few changes as the team updates the look. Theo Spargo has already added his touch with some greenery, adding some softness and bringing in a little bit of nature. A new mural is in the works but other than this it’s business as usual George and Connie agree.
Off to check out Elizabeth Cafe? You’ll find 120 public carparks at the rear of the building!
Elizabeth Cafe & Larder
247 Cameron Road, Tauranga