The Old Senior NCO’s Mess

One of the trips I’ve always wanted to do while in Wellington was to drive from Lyall Bay all the way around the outside past Seatoun and Worser Bay. The buildings into the cliffs and the rustic charms of the way the houses are all set into the cliffs is amazing. It’s like a different world.

The view
The view

When you come out the other end towards Miramar, there is the old Air Force Base and workshops. These days they’re mostly occupied by Artists and a few tradespeople. The old Senior NCO’s mess is now used by a cafe called The Chocolate Fish BBQ cafe.

At the front door
At the front door
Plenty of good easy parking
Plenty of good easy parking

The building has a Historic classification which prevents them from poking holes in it for vents etc so they’ve carefully added a clip on lean to for the kitchen which seems to work quite well for them. The rest of the building is just as it was as a mess building with a few mods for convenience.

My Pork Sandwich
My Pork Sandwich

One of the staff was quite a talented artist and has painted all the seats and backs of the chairs with different images which really brightens the place.

The food is sensational and very reasonably priced and is very sandwich based but they’re a good hearty size! .. Outside, the views of the city are fantastic, there are plenty of things for kids or grandchildren to play with and best of all, really easy Motorhome friendly parking.

The view
The view

The place oozes history and we found ourselves easily enjoying a couple of hours taking it all in.

6 thoughts on “The Old Senior NCO’s Mess”

  1. Excellent choice but there is a cafe in Scorching Bay thats very popular.
    I have had the “pleasure” of running past this cafe whilst doing the Wellington Half Marathon. Scorching Bay hosts the local triathlons which are excellent if you’re into that sort of thing.

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    1. I drove right around the outside from by the airport and and this was the first one that was easy to get a bigger Motorhome into. Neat area and the houses built into the tight spaces are amazing.

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    1. Thanks Carol. We did try and get to the scorching bay one that everyone raves about but there was no easy parking for Motorhomes so kept going.
      You’ll enjoy it there and the drive right around is well worth doing too.

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