The Tannery is a joint venture between Mt Atkinson Coffee and Kohu Road Ice-cream. It may sound like an odd pairing, but it actually works remarkably well. Besides, who doesn’t love ice-cream, and I know plenty of coffee-addicted people. The Tannery absolutely lives up to Mt Atkinson’s tagline: Refined Westie. The building’s previous life was a tannery but it’s all grown up. The space uses the exposed timber framing to full industrial chic effect and panelling to recreate the Mt Atkinson peaks.
I have loved Kohu Road ice-cream since they first came onto the market in 2007. There has been a plethora of new artisanal ice-cream producers since then, each with new and clever flavours, and marketing spins. Kohu Road has remained unbeatable through their use of simple, organic ingredients and intense flavours. All without gimmicks or crazy flavour combinations.
The Tannery is the reincarnation of Kohu Road Café which served a different coffee brand. I’m glad to say Mt Atkinson, who roasts their beans on site, makes a very smooth blend. BL, the coffee person (I’m the ice-cream snob), was pleased to have an excellent bean supplier close to home. Our main reason for checking out the Tannery was really to hunt down the Kohu Road espresso flavour. It is the truest coffee ice-cream on the market, the Kohu Road Corner Dairy Flat White flavour comes close. But all the normal Kohu Road stockists do not stock this, go figure. This is now called Arabica coffee, and just as good as I remember.
The Tannery actually has a third partner, – Best Ugly Bagel. These Montreal hand-rolled, woodfired bagels are The hot menu are open bagels with a variety of savoury or sweet toppings. I went for the New York bagel ($9.50). The bagel has a hot mustard spread, then pastrami, a slice of gruyere, cornichorns and lightly grilled to melt the cheese. This is basically a reuben without the sauerkraut, and absolutely delicious.
BL had the works ($14.90), a sundried tomato pesto and gruyere base which is grilled, and then topped with rocket, avocado slices and prosciutto. Summery and fresh.
I had an iced coffee which comes with a large scoop of Kohu Road chocolate ice-cream. While decadent, I loved that it wasn’t too sweet. The ice-cream is seriously chocolatey and creamy, and the coffee was strong and smooth. It is the perfect pick-me-up. BL went for a flat white (all their coffees come as double shots).
The Tannery has the full range of Kohu Road ice-creams and sorbets available in tubs or cones, and for takeaways. For dessert, we shared a scoop ($4.50) of mango sorbet.
They also sell Best Ugly bagels, hot chocolate mix, award-wining bean to bar chocolate from The Wellington Company and these cute Refined Westie cups. The Tannery is also available for private functions.
44b Portage Road, New Lynn
Ph: 09 – 827 6608
Open 7 days: 7:30am – 4pm