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Thorough-bread catering: Halswell Bakery

Whether you’re hosting an event or planning a boot party at the races, the talented team at Halswell Bakery can provide fresh, delicious catering to suit your requirements.



From tasty club sandwich platters, bacon and egg slice, quiche and savouries to custom-made birthday cakes, donuts and sweet treats, everything is freshly handmade on site.

With a focus on fast, friendly and efficient service, the team want you to know that they are here to help.

“We go by the motto ‘simply delicious and deliciously simple’ – we don’t do fancy food, just good tasty, wholesome food,” says owner Ruth Buckley.

Check out their website for the catering menu (online ordering coming soon), or phone or email to find out more.


Weddings on a budget: Halswell Bakery

When it comes to the big day, you don’t need a big budget… that is if you head to Halswell Bakery!

From simple, rustic style cakes, to beautiful fresh sandwich platters, the bakery offers a bespoke service so you can get exactly what you want for your engagement celebration, hen/stag do, the wedding day, or the ‘day after’ barbeque.

Individually packaged and personalised cookies make great wedding favours, while ‘message’ cupcakes are great for popping the question to your bridesmaids.

What about some freshly baked bread for your dinner table, croissants for a champagne breakfast, or a selection of sweet treats for a dessert table?

The possibilities are endless.

Open seven days, you can discuss the options with the friendly team by popping into the store at 346 Halswell Road, phone 03 322 4600, or email

“Let us help you celebrate this special occasion without breaking the bank.”


The Oaks Village

Halswell reaches New Heights: The Oaks Village

Adding to Halswell’s continual growth and the exciting new amenities emerging in the sought-after suburb, is the recent completion of a retail development on Ensign Street.


The Oaks Village


Inspired by a New England ‘village-style’ concept, The Oaks Village features four mixed-use commercial buildings, for 10 tenancies. The existing earthquake-damaged property had two tenants, a pharmacy and a women’s gym, so the development was designed and built around them as they continued trading before moving the two businesses into stage 1.

The 1830sqm complex features Cape Cod tiled roofing and weatherboard shiplap cladding to create the village-style effect, say Drew Murray and Alan Cowie of Design Team, an architectural, commercial interiors and project management company, who worked with developers Roger Bridge Suburban Centres Ltd on the 10-month project.

“With two street frontages, the buildings are wrapped around the various pedestrian entries into the complex, with an abundance of carparking spaces in between.” A restaurant and bar will also play an important role in the development, along with new tenants at The Oaks Village which include a bottle store, chemist, convenience store, an Indian restaurant Tandoori Flame and Domino’s Pizza.


The Oaks Village


There are currently two tenancies still available, providing a fantastic opportunity for a business to join the ever-flourishing Halswell area. “The Oaks Village will cater to the under-serviced and constantly expanding areas of Halswell, Oaklands, Wigram, Aidanfield and Longhurst,” explains Aaron Pero from Harcourts Halswell who is handling the leasing and sales of the units.

“We are seeing a lot of people moving into these areas but we need more businesses and food outlets to keep up with the growth. “The developer, Suburban Centres, wanted to build something that had a village feel to it and completed the community and I think the architect’s approach has created something that fits the brief very well.”

Developer Roger Bridge says the vision was to create a complex that blended well into the community and lifts the surrounding area. “I wanted a complex designed with architectural flair that not only looks great but people enjoy visiting, or retailers want to be a part of. I’m really pleased with the design, the tenant mix, and the positive community support – they have responded really well.”


The Oaks Village

Roger says a bakery or coffee shop and another restaurant would be ideal to complete the full suite of tenancies. Another unique feature of the development includes 11 storage units at the rear of the complex, available for sale or lease, catering to the lack of storage spaces in the area.

Roger Bridge Suburban Centres Ltd and Design Team have a long relationship and the complex follows on from a successful recent development together, on Musgrove Place in Wigram. “We know the area very well and believe The Oaks Village will be a popular addition,” Drew and Alan explain.



Halswell Bakery

Beautiful bridal baking: if you’re planning your wedding catering then talking to Halswell Bakery is a must

Halswell Bakery could be ‘The Wedding Bakery’, with its comprehensive approach to fresh, bespoke and competitively priced cakes and delicious delights for every step of your journey to the altar. “We make everything at the bakery, so every detail can be specific to you and your wedding theme,” owner Ruth Buckley says.

Halswell Bakery
Cakes are modern rustic in style and, along with cupcakes and biscuits, can be personalised to fit in with your wedding theme. The club sandwiches are legendary and would make a great platter to take on your wedding day photoshoot.
Its baked-goods are so budget-friendly you could have everything from croissants with your champagne breakfast, to personalised cakes, cupcakes or biscuits for your engagement or pre-wedding functions, and even bespoke breads for your day-after wedding barbeque. The Wedding Bakery indeed.

The Vineyard at Rossendale

Exquisitely romantic: weddings at The Vineyard at Rossendale

The Vineyard at Rossendale is an exquisitely romantic wedding venue, created especially for the occasion. The ambience and space, flexibility and flow, are unsurpassed for a perfect day.

The Vineyard at Rossendale
Floor to ceiling windows form a vista through 10 acres of pinot noir grapes. With room for up to 200, the functional floorplan allows the bridal table to be seen from all angles. There’s a vineyard-themed bar, and a dance floor wing draped in fairy lighting. This leads to an intimate lounge retreat and bridal room with spacious ensuite and separate entrance. The neutral interior, exuding warmth, can take on any theme. Two foyers provide grand entrances – further enhancing the stunning approach through the grapevines.
With more than 18 years’ experience here, Graham and Liz Jones are the attentive, adaptable hosts on both the day itself and the important lead up. Catering by on-site chefs is top class – with Rossendale’s wines a luxurious complement.