Counting Down…!

Counting Down…!

We want to say THANK YOU! Thank you to our community, friends, customers and amazing staff, to our leaders who have steered us all through the most challenging of times to this festive season where we can embrace and share a summer in New Zealand uniquely different to any we have had in our recent collective memory.

Our stores are still full of the most gorgeous foods, gift items and treats for your loved ones, friends and colleagues… so do stop in before we close our doors at 2.00PM on 24 December. Remember to stock up on some of our house-made meals including pies and lasagnes to pop into your freezers for quick and easy summer meals, they all work well with your own delicious salads on the side!

In the New Year our teams will return refreshed to greet you back to our stores on Friday 14 January, running on our slightly reduced Summer Hours until February.

Here’s a classic and very simple Chilean Summer Cocktail Recipe… something to enjoy with the Olive Loaf I wrote about you in the last newsletter!


Traditionally this recipe uses a burgundy style red wine, so you’re looking for a full bodied red that is not too expensive, a Pinot Noir is the perfect fit! For about 4 people:

500 grams of Strawberries to one bottle of red wine.
Slice fresh strawberries. Sprinkle lightly with 3 tbsp sugar, toss, leave for 5 minutes while sugar dissolves.
Into a pitcher pour red wine, throw in strawberries. Chill for at least 2 hours. To serve: add a generous quantity of ice and serve immediately. You can garnish with a sprig of mint or slice of lime for a festive twist. Some recipes call for liquor, but it’s refreshing and delicious without this addition. However, you can add 2 tbsp of Cointreau or Brandy to the base for a change.

Like most of us, our team are pressing on towards the goal of a well earned rest. We wish them and all of you a summer of safety, laughs, love and rest.

Finally, we wouldn’t be here without YOU, we are so very grateful for your support. Here’s to a 2022 that sees us all thriving and reviving!!

Meri Kirihimete, Salud, Bonne Fête, Santè, Cheers,

The Christmas Bag

Do we have the perfect Christmas gift for you! The Christmas Bag is a wonderful collection of seasonal goodies to celebrate your hard-working staff, a teacher, neighbour, or loved one after what has been a challenging year. Our Christmas Bag includes authentic Italian Panettone, the daintiest Cinnamon Star Cookies & a delicious bottle of Quartz Reef Rose to celebrate the end of 2021. Order online, or ask one of the team in either store to put one aside.



Last days for Christmas Cakes

Time is running out to order your Scarecrow Traditional Brandied Christmas Cake. The pastry team is on a roll, but orders close the Wednesday, with the final day for deliveries 20 December. These beautiful cakes are available in two sizes, and come packaged in a stunning Christmas gift box, and we can deliver Auckland wide right up to this Wednesday. For in store pick ups, call the team on 09 377 1333 to discuss. Order yours now!


A Magical Christmas

Lots of gorgeous new offerings in the florist department. We’re making the most of the abundance of seasonal blooms available & can almost guarantee there’s a bouquet or posy in our range with your name on it! Like the mystical ‘The Magician‘ conjured with spellbinding purples and deep blues, destined for rituals of love, joy and festivity. Order online or call the florist on 09 377 1333 ext 4 for pick up in store or delivery Auckland-wide.



Bonne Fete!

Christmas Lillies come but once a year, and the time is now to order these beauties for your table. Our Bonne Fete arrangement features the regal Christmas Lilly en masse with accents of festive foliage and texture. Subtly fragrant and long lasting, this quintessential Christmas bouquet conveys peace, love and joy in signature Scarecrow style. Order online or call the florist to arrange.


Bagels are back

We are beyond thrilled to have Scarecrow in the City fully back in business and are loving seeing your faces each day.  Have you tried one of our new bagels yet? You’ll still find our Classic Salmon Bagel – we know it has a huge fan base – as well as our famed Duck Pastrami (so good!) and of course the very popular vegetarian Halloumi & Mushroom. Take your pick, we’re open 7 days!



Sourdough Toasties, mmm…

Sometimes only a Toastie will do, a Scarecrow Toastie! The ultimate in comfort food, a bite before work or light lunch paired with a Passage Rock Pinot Gris from our all-NZ wine list. Personally, it’s the Trois Fromage that hits the spot for me every time, though I have fast fallen in love with our vegan Hummus Toastie. Pretty sure you will too! We’ve appreciated being your venue of choice for end of year gatherings; thanks for exploring and enjoying our new menu with friends and colleagues.


Christmas Day Wines Sorted  

For something truly special to savour on Christmas Day, visit the Scarecrow Cellar online or at 811 Mt Eden Road. For the main event we’re partial to our Duo Italiano, Luxurious Italian style, NZ made reds from Waiheke’s wonderful Poderi Crisci and Matakana’s marvellous Heron’s Flight. We have some of NZ’s best wine offerings in our little cellar & encourage you to pop in and browse – be warned though, you might not want to leave!


Two birds, one stone!

Sort crisp afternoon drinks & your seasonal welcome arrangement in one fell swoop with one of our Craft Beer & Flower pairings. Particularly vibrant is the bohemian Hippy Berliner pairing; the love child of 8 Wired’s fruity, bold Hippy Berliner beer & our dream-like Woodstock posy. A hip, offbeat gift for both young & old souls who love to gather and share. Order online now!


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