THE WOODEN SPOON
Locally owned and operated, family friendly restaurant and cafe serving delicious, wholesome food by day and evening.
Started from scratch in March 2012 by husband and wife team Nicky and Craig Woodbury, The Wooden Spoon quickly forged its place as an award winning local cafe thanks to the unwavering support of its amazing customers.
The Wooden Spoon was named after Craig's nickname being 'spoon' and last name Woodbury but also from the use of wooden spoons in baking, but also Nicky jokes “we are of the age where your butt was smacked with wooden spoons!”
Nicky and Craig met in Nelson and are high school sweethearts, together for 28 years! They moved to Wellington to pursue careers as young adults – Nicky as a Legal Exec and Craig as a Manager – however the seed was planted to move into hospitality despite neither of them having any experience in it! Other than consumers! So once baby #1 came along they decided to move back to Nelson to be near family and have a lifestyle and career change.
After planning and thinking for a while, Craig started working at a local bakery to get experience and then the opportunity to take over their current premises in Richmond (which has been serving the community food since the 80s) came up and they jumped on it!
To make sure their food was up to their high standards they brought in a team to create the delicious food and drinks and dived right into the deep end, learning the ropes through hands on experience in the thick of it, with by then, 2 small children aged 6 and 1!
They have since revamped the place a few times to keep up with growth and changes over the years as they grew and developed and also to keep up with the changing consumer market in the hospitality industry. This meant that in November 2018 they expanded into evening dining. Their evening dining opening night was very memorable for the diners as a rain storm caused an internal gutter to burst, creating an unfortunate indoor water feature! The happy and easy going couple laughed it off, knowing that it was rumored to be good luck to have rain on an opening night...
Business just keeps getting better and better for Nicky and Craig as hundreds of outstanding reviews keep pouring in via Facebook and TripAdvisor and the continue to add unique touches to the place, like the cleverly created light feature designed by Nicky and made by a customer!
The Wooden Spoon reflects the care, warmth and love that Nicky and Craig have put into the place over the years and offers a friendly and relaxed environment for people seeking a quick snack and coffee break on the run, or for groups, couples or families looking for a wholesome meal during the day or evening. But don't just take their word for it... read the reviews and then sample their delicious food and coffee yourself.