From the early 1900s, 136 Hurstmere road has had an interesting history…
Once the site of the government houses which flanked the Devonport to Milford tramline, the 1950’s witnessed the property change into a garage and used car yard before being converted into retail stores in the 1980’s.
1996 saw the Rangitoto Brewing Company occupy the site until the introduction of the Blankenberge Belgian Beer Cafe, which was officially opened on 25 November 2002, by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Phillipe and Princess Mathilde, the Crown Prince and Princess of Belgium.
Looking for an identity to truly reflect the Belgian culture, Blankenberge, Belgium’s most favoured seaside resort with its swathe of sandy beaches, vibrant cafes and bars, was a natural choice for the name of the 40th Belgian Beer Cafe worldwide and fifth to be built in New Zealand.
To ensure the authenticity the entire fit-out including the bar, panelling, lighting, furniture, antique floor tiles, signage, memorabilia including the push bike at the front door were sourced in Belgium before being shipped in two forty-foot containers to our site here in Takapuna.
The Belgian philosophy in regards to food is having it prepared with French finesse, served with German generosity, while being an ideal companion for some of the world’s favourite beers.
It is worth noting that beer is to Belgium why wine is to France, whisky is to Scotland and the all blacks are to new Zealand.
On behalf of the management and staff, I trust you will enjoy your visit to our little part of Belgium right here in Takapuna beach.
The Blankenberge Belgian Beer Cafe is located in the centre of the Hurstmere Road entertainment strip.
136 Hurstmere Road