About

*Images courtesy of Hamilton City Council

The Verandah Cafe

Laura Dixon - Food & Beverage Manager

An experienced team of hospitality professionals, there to see that all events run as planned on the day. The F&B Managers will develop the rapport with you as a client, following through your requests to meet your expectations. Room layouts and setups, client liaison and guest greeting form part of this role.

Jenn Kerr - Sous Chef

The challenge of running a large kitchen needs a complete team. Our Sous Chef provides that essential support to the Chef Manager, taking a major role in the day to day operation of the kitchen, its staff and resources. Our Sous Chef is tasked with maintaining The Verandah’s food safety requirements, ensuring all practices, products and environments are to the highest standard

Sam Immers - Catering Coordinator & Executive Chef  

Sam has worked alongside many talented chefs both in Hamilton, Auckland & abroad, catering to Corporate clients, backstage catering, product launches, Film catering, weddings and many other events.

 

Sam is proud of the quality and high standard of food and service that The Verandah offers. Sam brings to the business his passion for food, hospitality and excellence & experience of event management, that he shares with his clients & work colleagues on a regular basis.

Lorena Csontos - Food & Beverage Manager

An experienced team of hospitality professionals, there to see that all events run as planned on the day. The F&B Managers will develop the rapport with you as a client, following through your requests to meet your expectations. Room layouts and setups, client liaison and guest greeting form part of this role.

Samantha Beet -

Jnr Sous Chef  

A passionate chef, with 7 years experience, our Sammy looks after our day to day catering, cabinet production and helps with logistics of the kitchen. Samantha works with our younger chefs teaching them the ways to becoming a committed attribute to The Verandah. 

 

 

Lizelle Oosthuizen -

Events Coordinator

Lizelle’s background in travel and event management gives her strong organisational skills and attention to detail.  Lizelle assists with the planning and organising of all our events and conferences – making sure our clients’ needs are met.

Lizelle strives to keep your event planning as stress free as possible and enjoys showing her passion and excitement for each event.

 

 

Some History

Meet The Team

Graham McFarlane - Director

 With over 40 years’ experience as a chef, cookery lecturer, manager and owner operator, Graham is very much aware of the needs of the customer and what his team can provide to meet these expectations. Every day in hospitality is unique and it’s this that drives Graham to continually strive for excellence in all aspects of The Verandah’s operation.

Scott Keelty- General Manager 

Scott looks after the day to day operations for the cafe and functions, as well as looking at new systems and innovations for the future.  With almost 20 years in customer service, retail and management roles, there aren't many situations Scott hasn't dealt with.  

 

As an added bonus, Scott is a Registered Marriage Celebrant, so there is always an emergency back-up available for your special day!

Kerri Keelty - Events Manager

Kerri's main role is to create solutions for businesses and individual clients to host the ideal event.

 

Kerri will take care of all the aspects involved with your booking, and ask the questions you hadn't thought of.

1965 The old Tea Kiosk at Hamilton Lake Domain

1927 Neck to knee bathing suits were compulsary until December 1938

1959 The old playground

1959 Parking area with Tea Kiosk at left

The Verandah is located within the Hamilton Lake Domain on the shores of Lake Rotoroa (Long Lake) but commonly known as the Hamilton Lake.

 

Lake Rotoroa is an urban Peat Lake and was formed over 15,000 years ago. The maximum depth is 6 meters with the average depth being 2 metres.

 

The Hamilton Lake Domain was declared a reserve in 1886. From 1924 the lake was a popular watering hole up until the mid 1960’s when chemicals were added to control the spread of noxious weeds. Families spent Sundays at the lake with picnics, boating carnivals, swimming, a brass band and horse and carriage rides.

 

There is now a walkway right around the lake which wasn’t developed until 2004 when a group of savvy residents saw an opportunity and petitioned for its completion.

 

The first kiosk was in operation in 1913 with official tea rooms built in 1954.

 

The Verandah development commenced in 2008 by local firm Fosters Construction and the doors officially opened on 1st July 2009.

CAFE OPENING HOURS - 7 Days​

Summer

Cafe: 8am - 4pm

Kiosk: 10am - 5pm

Winter

Cafe: 8am - 4pm

Kiosk: 10am - 4pm

Hamilton, New Zealand | info@theverandah.co.nz | 07 838 0692

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