Barker's Foodstore & Eatery is built on the philosophy of creating experiences while engaging with our customers through our products, our menu and our special space.
Nicky Donker’s, Corporate Commercial Director shares the vision. “The concept of a Barker's Foodstore & Eatery had been talked about for a number of years and with it being our 50th Birthday year we were keen to make it a reality in 2019. The Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery allows us to take our solution selling to another level. We introduce customers and visitors to our Barker’s of Geraldine and Barker’s Professional ranges by allowing them to freely taste via our complimentary ‘tasting’ stations and integrating them into our eatery menu to show people how they can use them at home or in their hospitality business, and then they can purchase them in our Foodstore”.
Sarah Davidson, Foodstore & Eatery Manager says, "We have designed the space to encourage interaction with our customers, to listen and learn from your feedback, about what you like, what you use, how you use it and what you would like to see in our range. This will add value to our product development, open us up to new concepts and stretch our thinking. Feel free to explore our interaction stations."
Foodstore Tasting Table
Just inside the door is flavour heaven. Our tasting table contains sixteen Barker's of Geraldine products (on rotation) for you to interact with and learn what ingredients go into making them, feel ‘informed’ by our usage suggestions, and explore and enjoy how delicious they taste.
Why not add a ‘special touch’ to a product by labelling it with your name or label it as a gift for someone special? Yes, our interactive iPad will allow you to make magic by creating a personalised product. Its all part of our special experience at the Foodstore.
Complimentary Fruit Syrup Tasting Station
It’s simple! Grab a glass, choose a syrup from our range, dilute one-part syrup to six-parts water - sparkling or still - and enjoy! Don't forget you can purchase them from the Foodstore too.
Complimentary Condiment Refill Station
On placing your food and beverage order you can head to our Complimentary Condiment Station to choose/experience different flavor combinations with your meal. Replenish your condiments or add to your plate or tasting ramekin. It is a great way to explore a wonderful range of our products you haven't tried before and if they become a favourite they are available to purchase from our Foodstore.
The Eatery Menu
The Eatery is full of energy and life, created as an engaging and inspiring place for customers to experience Barker wonders and connect or reconnect with one another over a seasonally inspired food and beverage menu.
Our menu has been crafted in collaboration with our consultant chefs, Paul Jobin and Marcus Braun, and taking into consideration fresh ingredients we have access to locally and that complement our products from within the Barker's of Geraldine and Barker's Professional ranges.
From local free-range eggs and cheeses to local salmon and artisan salami we are blessed with great taste sensations.
Our Kids menu has been given the thumbs up by Year 4, Room 17 of Geraldine Primary School and this amazing class has also prepared ‘Barker’s’ illustrations which can be coloured in on the front and back of the menu at their table. Even some of our staff whose young children offered some input into the menu are excited by the offering. Keep a look out for our highchairs for younger toddlers and our cool children’s toy and book box.
The Eatery seats 100 people inside and up to 50 on the balconies. Fabulous on a sunny day sitting outside.
Our expansive garden
We are excited to have the beautiful river walkway at our back door which will burst with colour when the rhododendrons bloom. Its not unusual for a keruru or native wood pigeon to fly on by or hear the call of the plentiful bellbirds which nestle in the sycamore trees.
Our newly planted but expansive herb garden will be a wonderful asset for our eatery as all our herbs find their roots and flourish.
The Foodstore has relocated from The Plaza across the road and takes our tasting and product experience to the next level. The Foodstore is fresh, light and interactive so a beautiful shopping experience. Our staff welcome you to mingle with them and ask lots of questions.
Car-parking at the Foodstore & Eatery
At the Foodstore & Eatery we know how important it is that our customers find parking easy, so we have 21 car-parks surrounding us plus 3 car parks for disability permit holders. The entrance and complex are wheelchair friendly.