Experience the delight that is mushroom croquettes

This month's feature 'local food hero' is The Laboratory cafe and brewhouse. Set in the Canterbury countryside, with fresh beer and tasty food. Here is a reason to visit Linoln

Meadows Local Food Heroes: The Laboratory

When we heard there was a local venue in our homeland of Canterbury that did mushroom croquettes, we admit we were already smitten. Not just the - delightful but - normal fayre of mushrooms on toast, on pasta, on pizza.... or on steak, but something rarely experienced, crispy, creamy croquettes served with garlic aioli and shaved parmesan - delicious!

Since then we have found out The Laboratory is so much more, featuring a range of freshly produced food items, a selection of locally handcrafted ales and good coffee all bundled in the relaxed country environment you would expect of a kiwi town. Of course, they do pizza too Smoked Bacon, Tallegio, Spinach, Mushroom & Truffle Oil none the less and this is a part of their wood-fired pizza range which can be enjoyed inside, outside, or perhaps on the grassed areas with a blanket.

They were even kind enough to share their recipe with Stuff recently, you can view details here: 

www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/recipes/97547105/recipe-mushroom-croquettes-from-the-laboratory

Whether you are looking for a drive in the country or a stop on your way down south, this little town in Selwyn is worth a visit. Prepare for change of pace, some fresh air and some crispy mushroomy delights maybe with a little brew on the side.

Have you visited The Laboratory and tried the mushroom croquettes?

Tell us what you thought - meadowsmarketing[at]gmail.com 

Do you have a ‘local food hero’ in your neighbourhood we can tell people about?

Each month we are giving away a $20 gift voucher to any recommendations that we list. Terms and conditions apply.

SEND your recommendations - ideally with any photos of the mushroom dish, the venue and the menu to meadowsmarketing@gmail.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meadowsnz