The wine was fragrant, light and refreshing which was great as it was a warm late summers day. The food was delicious, we tried the panelle to start, then the Flat Iron Steak, Braised Lamb shoulder and the Southern Fried Chicken. All of the meals were tasty and well cooked but the lamb was the stand out dish on the day. Service was friendly and attentive without visiting the table too often.
The interior is rustic and in keeping with the restaurants name "The shed". Both the restaurant and tasting area are set in established gardens. I love the fact you are surrounded but herbs and vegetables that are readily available to be used in the kitchen, which also means there is no carbon footprint on the produce. The entrance too had a sideboard with freshly baked bread and a knife, and we were greeted with such enthusiasm we felt very welcomed despite not booking before we arrived. The dining area feels like an enclosed deck. The the next thing you notice is the expansive views over the gently rolling hills with lines of marching grape vines. The position of a central fireplace and bare bulb lights all add to the relaxed decor. The loos have cast concrete hand basins which reminded me of my grandmothers clothes washing tub, matched with a basic tap and mini corrugated iron cladding on the walls and toilet timber clad doors which have a gap and the top and the bottom - a nod to the old long drop that was very popular on the island.
All in all the wine and food was delicious and the service outstanding and friendly, I can see why Te Muto was the 2015 winner of the Best Rural Restaurant- Metro Top 50 Restaurant awards 2014.