With our 4 children we started on our adventure with a mission to bake using time honoured methods, wholesome ingredients which are sourced locally where possible, and sharing this with each other, family, friends and anyone who appreciates good food.

We purchased an old church in Clareville that had been operating as a café.  We closed the doors for 2 weeks and renovated, earthquake strengthened and redecorated the building.

We also made a point of having a full length viewing window where our bakers can greet and interact with our customers and our customers can see how and where their food is made.

We were very proud and a little scared when we opened the doors of The Clareville Bakery in August 2013.

With our awesome start up team we enjoyed the thrill of creating Artisan Baked products, Exceptional Coffee, an Outstanding Food and Superb Service in our resurrected church.


BIANZ Awards 2014:

  • 2014 – Best Bread Bakery
  • Gold with Distinction – Sour Dough
  • Gold with Distinction – Grain Bread
  • Gold with Distinction – Opera Cake
  • Silver – Gluten Free Cake
  • Silver – Bread Display
  • Bronze – Decorated Cake

Bakels Supreme Pie awards 2014:

  • Supreme Winner – Lamb Cutlet and Kumara Pie
  • Gold – Gourmet Lamb Cutlet and Kumara Pie

Mindfood Producer of the Year Awards 2014:

  • Best New Producer

Mindfood Producer of the Year 2015:

  • Overall Winner

BIANZ Christmas Mince Tart Winners 2015

NZ Café of the Year 2016:

  • Best Rural Café

The Great NZ Bread Bake off 2016:

  • Overall Champion of Champions
  • Gold – Sour Dough Miche

NZ Food Awards 2016:

  • Finalist in Artisan Food Produce Awards
  • 3rd placing in Artisan Food Producer Award for Clareville Crackers

NZ Café of the Year 2017:

  • Best Regional Rural Café

NZ Outstanding Food Producer 2017:

  • Finalist

NZ Food Awards 2017:

  • Finalist in Business and Innovation Award

NZ Café of the Year 2018:

  • Best Regional Rural Café

NZ Food Producer 2018

  • Earth category – Supreme Winner with our Miche (wholemeal sourdough)

NZI Rural women NZ 2019

  • Winner of ‘bountiful table’

Outstanding NZ Food Awards 2019

  • Gold – Clareville Crackers

Wairarapa Business awards 2020

  • Winner of ‘Team’ category

Harvest festival 2021

  • Best Wine & Food match

Outstanding NZ Food Awards 2022

  • Gold – Durum Wheat Sourdough

NZ Artisan Awards 2022

  • Gold – Durum Wheat Sourdough

BIANZ awards 2023

  • Gold – Decked-out Doughnut Championship
  • Gold – The Great Square Off – Custard Square Championship
  • Gold – The Grand Croissant Bake Off
  • Gold – The Great Glazed Fruit Cake Competition
  • Bronze – The Jolly Christmas Tarts Championship

Bakels Supreme Pie Awards

  • Gold – Apprentice Pie Maker Awards – Amie Irwin
  • 4th Place – Apprentice Pie Maker Awards – Amy Bryant