About the Owners
The most familiar face to our customers is that of co-owner Josh Pointon who runs the front of house team. Josh joined us in 2009 when he returned from Sydney which had been his home for 5 years. There he had been working at the prestigious Forty One Restaurant and then went on to manage the busy inner city bistro and wine bar, Fix St James. At ‘Fix’ he furthered his passion for wine under the mentorship of owner and top sommelier, Stuart Knox. Josh is a proud Wellingtonian who brings 10 years of hospitality experience to Polo, ensuring that he and his team provide friendly, professional service.
The other half of Cafe Polo is Head Chef Adrian Green who spends most of his time out the back in the 'Engine Room'. Adrian learnt from a young age what good food was all about. Hailing from Surrey, England, his interest in food was fueled mainly by his Dad, who would make him sausage and blue cheese sandwiches & Cornish pasties for his school lunch. After completing his culinary training he went on to further his food knowledge at the top London hotel, Pennyhill Park. There he worked for two years and honed his skills under Michelin Star Chef Andrew Turner. In 2009, after moving to New Zealand, he took up the Sous Chef role at Cafe Polo. Working with free range, organic & locally sourced ingredients under the guidance of ex Head Chef & owner David Thurlow, Adrian knew he had found the right place. The opportunity to become co-owner of Polo arose in 2013 & he jumped at the chance to be part of the business he helped build. Adrian classes his cooking style as 'humble pie', believing that if you use the best ingredients you need to do as little as possible to them to make them shine.
We look forward to getting to know you.
Convivially yours, The Polo Team