When in Havelock, pop in and visit Maegen Blom – the leader of the New Zealand Raw Shuck Revolution – and the team at Mills Bay Mussels. A bowl of the infamous chowder or a crispy mussel croquette or two are some of the finer things in life.
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Mills Bay Mussels, Havelock
Farmed in clear fiord-like sounds, Marlborough green-lipped mussels are nearly as famous as Marlborough sauvignon blanc. At Mills Bay Mussels in Havelock, you can feast on a magnificent tasting platter of mussels cooked three ways – garlic butter, beer-battered and crumbed.
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In tiny Havelock in Marlborough, a stop on the route between Nelson and Blenheim, the folk at the mussel-tasting room at Mills Bay Mussels take bivalves very seriously. So seriously, you can taste them in all different ways, including grilled on the half shell with garlic butter or beer-battered. Want some for later? Grab a bag to go and cook them up at your accommodation with some garlic and a splash of Marlborough sauv blanc (then drink the rest).