Locals caring for locals and tourists alike
The Black Rabbit offers genuine kiwi tucker and Southern hospitality at its very best. With relaxed, informal dining in a family friendly (pet’s also welcome) atmosphere.
The story of the Black Rabbit
In the rolling countryside surrounding the Black Rabbit Kitchen & Bar, you may spot a rabbit or two. The hills are often moving with them! If you’re really lucky and have a keen eye, you may just spot the elusive Bannockburn Black Rabbit – one of a kind and a gem to find!
Bannockburn offers a peaceful atmosphere, where you are free to unwind and to experience an oasis of vineyards, heritage sites, working artists and galleries, along with fantastic vistas. With warm, dry summers, and sunny, crisp winters, this truly is a destination for all seasons.
Matt – Chef/Owner
Matthew is the proud owner and Head Chef of Black Rabbit Kitchen & Bar. Matthew trained to be a chef at Cromwell Polytechnic before spending five years working at Hamills Restaurant in Queenstown. He then moved to Australia and spent the next three years working while travelling around the country, including a season experiencing fine dining on the exclusive Hayman Island in the Whitsundays and a season in the “outback” in Western Australia at the El Questro Resort. Matthew then spent four years as Head Chef leading a team of 10 – 12 in a successful restaurant in Perth before returning to Queenstown in November 2016 with his young daughter. Matthew has a passion for all things food and enjoys using the abundant fresh produce that is available in the Central Otago region.
The Black Rabbit Crew
Our crew are friendly, bubbly and smiley, with great personalities – this is a must as criteria for employment at the Black Rabbit.