Our Story

Our story started with a simple dream. That dream was to create a notable café with a homely honest feel. A café, that would quickly became a favourite and a local for those who visited. A café, that through its interior charm, menu and its hospitality was hard to forget.

“There is nothing that brings people together like good food does”

That dream belonged to a (then) 22 year old by the name of Rebecca Algie. Having been born and raised in the area, Bec noticed a gap in the Tararua area for a café that offered something a little outside of the box. Bec made the leap and purchased the café (est. 2000) in 2011 and ventured into the world of business with little more than that dream, an adventurous attitude and a small army of eager supporters.

The space was built in 1993 as a homestead and tea rooms, and it was Bec’s father Bob who was the hands behind the recycled materials and native timbers that have transformed the space into what it is today. A stunning venue to gather and share good honest food and from time to time is lucky enough to play host to weddings and special occasions.

Bec and her team are committed to supporting local suppliers and all believe that it is the little things in life that really count. They add innovation to traditional recipes producing sought after and memorable homemade food.



The Bridge Cafe philosophy is simple & remains unchanged: "To offer fresh, local honest food in a friendly environment & at an affordable price point".