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The Good Home

Where everybody knows your name: making yourself comfortable at The Good Home in Ferrymead

Since Cheers first aired in 1982 we’ve been in search of that elusive break from all our worries, wanting to get away. We want go where everybody knows our name.

The Good Home

Finally, thanks to Andy Laloli, owner and hands-on host of The Good Home Ferrymead, we’ve found the holy grail. Open for nine weeks, the restaurant and bar already have a loyal following of regulars and there is plenty of room for more.
Eleven of the individually owned gastropubs are dotted around New Zealand, and each one features a unique fitout. The Good Home Ferrymead celebrates Christchurch’s botanical heritage with living plants oxygenating the central bar area. The spacious interior is separated into individual zones including The Johnnie Walker Whisky Lounge, library area, children’s play section and sheltered courtyard, all united by a common theme reflecting well-appointed batch meets kiwi quarter acre dream, while the Joel Hart mural brings iconic kiwi art to the party.
Andy says there is something new to see every visit, and the library exchanges books. However, the upright piano minus keys always stores the cutlery, and Andy’s favourite spot – the leather chairs by the open fire – won’t be going anywhere soon.
Its bespoke menu of gastropub food is comforting with an interesting twist on children’s specials too, and the drinks range includes classic premium beers, craft beers, fine wines, cocktails, and a fine whisky range to sample. Essentials quiz night, rib night, happy hour and live music are all catered for. So, what are you waiting for? Pass the beernuts Norm!

A Rolling Stone

City’s new Irish heart: New pub A Rolling Stone opens in the CBD

There’s a cool new kid on the hospitality block in Christchurch; a charming and atmospheric old Irish pub, with a bar and dining service that is carving its own niche.

A Rolling Stone

A Rolling Stone

A Rolling Stone opened on Colombo Street on 25 January and, although it’s an Irish bar and restaurant at heart, its fine food and welcoming environment make it a central city watering hole not to be missed.

There’s a highly experienced hospitality team behind the new venture, which they say is all about good food and lively entertainment.
“We wanted to create a friendly environment that caters to everyone, whether you’re looking for a comfortable coffee and brunch with friends, or a relaxed dining experience in the evening,” the owners say.
The menu features hearty Irish fare – Guinness pies and beautiful roasts, alongside classic Kiwi favourites like eggs benedict, beer-battered fish & chips and a signature burger.
This hospitality team knows how to put on a good night. Open mic nights, traditional Irish sessions, karaoke, live bands and DJs will ensure there are plenty of reasons to head to this central city hotspot.
Of course, St Patrick’s Day will be a popular one on 17 March with all day entertainment, Irish dancing and music, but A Rolling Stone can also play the perfect host for a wide range of events, such as birthdays and work do’s. There’s even an upcoming charity Star Wars Day.
A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St or phone 03-377 4787.