” ROUTE 72 “
Route 72 … Began as Cust’s Butcher Shop
Steve and Annette Thomson, the present owners restored the neglected and disused Butchers Shop building and opened the “Country Provedor” in 1992. Trade consisted of home produced herbal products (dried herbs, teas, and a range of personal care products) and also served as an outlet for other locally made crafts. Local market gardeners established a fresh fruit and vegetable business which was carried on by Annette and Steve for 5 years. As other commitments increased with a young family of 3 boys (and another one later) the evolution of the Emporium grew while the fresh trade was fazed out. The dream of adding on the cafe was always in the background, it’s fruition in December 2006 gives us much pleasure in offering you the new “Route 72” Experience.
Inspiring tastes and treasures
At Route 72 Café & Emporium we provide healthy, wholesome and high quality meals, the kind and committed team happily caters for special dietary requirements with gluten and dairy free variations on the menu.
Flavoursome breakfast meals are served from 9am to 11.30am with delicious lunch options offered 11.30am until 3pm. From lighter bites, including sandwiches, through to heartier eats including gourmet burgers and meals with Oriental accents, Route 72 aims to spoil its customers with choice.
Exquisite vista views over the Cust River and valley, the foothills and the snow-capped mountains beyond, can be enjoyed from the upstairs dining area. Boasting a country style atmosphere, the quality experience offered by the café and its loyal, local staff goes hand in hand with the generous retail range in the adjoined emporium. An impressive collection includes beautiful skin care, leadlight lamps, jewellery, clothing, artwork and homewares.
The quaint and nostalgic village of Cust, only thirty minutes from Belfast via Tram Road, is the perfect North Canterbury destination for an inspiring rendezvous.
Phone reservations are recommended – call 03 312 5595 and plan your next lunch or dinner out at Route 72.