LOCO is Whangarei's newest, coolest, hippest bar eatery. Serving amazing cocktails with year round summer vibes and the best cuisine from across the South Americas. The front of house team fronted by the amazing Samantha Vine and Gemma Carte Blanche Whenmouth while the Kitchen is headed by the extraordinarily talented executive Chef Craig Estick and senior Chef Mook Sutton. Producing the most authentic South American fare this side of Buenos Aires. So if you are over 21 come on down to Northlands favourite new hang out.
Mike and Lloyd are passionate well-travelled foodies. They strive to always bring the best of what they have loved from all around the world to Loco Bar and her sister restaurants No.8, The Quay, The Cove, The Dune and also No8 the Mount and Fire in Mount Maunganui.
The Great Highgate Trading Company Ltd was formed to manage the restaurant and farming ventures of Lloyd Rooney and Mike Fraser. The group has grown from a single restaurant, The Cove in Waipu Cove, and their beef and sheep farm, Highgate Hill in the Waikato to now include The Quay in Whangarei and The Dune in Mangawhai. Our farming ventures have also grown in recent months to include a market garden, The Vege Shack, in Maungakaramea near Whangarei in Northland.
It’s a cookbook with a personal story, tracing the background of charismatic British entrepreneur Lloyd Rooney and his partner Mike Fraser, who have now just opened there 4th restaurant together in NZ.
Together they have the Cove in Waipu, an iconic cafe that made the top 100 eateries in NZ last year - The Quay in Whangarei, The Dune in Mangawhai and now Number 8 in Whangarei.
Available for purchase at all of our restaurants and from all good book stores!
We are currently in the process of writing our second cookbook which will touch on the lives and recipes of our 6 amazing head chefs.