Two Fat Possums is the perfect place to stop on your return leg from the ski fields of Mt Hutt. Since inception last year, it has gained a large following with locals. Anyone in West Melton after a quiet drink, dine or to hang out and soak up the friendly atmosphere should look no further.
With its bar, restaurant and function areas, and friendly staff on hand, the atmosphere is second to none. Tasteful decor of wooden tables and leather/fabric chairs and a few big screen TVs to watch the rugby and racing.
The new winter menu consists of plenty of amazing starters and mains. This includes starters like Crispy Chicken Wings and delectable mains like the Pork Belly or steaks that are cooked to perfection. The biggest highlight is its wood fired oven pizzas, with a range of toppings to suit even the most devoted pizza fan.
A comprehensive range of desserts and drinks are also on offer, such as quality on-tap beer, cocktails and wine. Plus, the addition of specials every day will keep you coming back again and again.
Keen? Head to the West Melton Village on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton. For more information visit twofatpossums.co.nz or phone 03-421 6481.
Miss Lily Flowers creates beautiful wedding bouquets and arrangements to make a bride’s vision reality.
Owner Sandy Sharp enjoys working to a theme, be it rustic, modern, classic, or her own personal favourite – the hand-picked look. Whatever the style, beautiful flowers are always the result.
“I like to get to know brides and customise wedding flower packages to their taste and budget,” Sandy says. “All brides should begin with a budget in mind, but they also need to be flexible.”
Because couples book their weddings so far in advance, it’s important to book your florist in early, too, as they book up just as quickly as other vendors.
Sandy offers a free, no obligation consultation, to define your dream floral vision for your big day.
Miss Lily Flowers, 310 Jowers Road, West Melton, visit facebook.com/misslilyflowers.
Robbert Van den Broeke always had a passion for beautiful antiques. Over the years he collected an extensive array of European treasures and opened his antique-lovers’ paradise ‘Halkett Barn’ in 2016. Situated in West Melton, just 15 minutes west of Christchurch, it is a ‘destination’ antique store.
Robbert specialises in exquisite European antiques that he personally selects and ships to New Zealand. If clients have a piece in mind they cannot find themselves, there is a very good chance he can source it from Europe.
He also restores furniture in his onsite workshop – some need a good wax and others, a complete fix and rebuild. “I love a finished piece that embraces its past while still looking stunning for today’s use and enjoyment. There is a warmth, character and history in well-designed furniture and artefacts that have lasted centuries past their construction,” he says.
Antique lovers must visit Halkett Barn, they will meet a kindred spirit in Robbert. He has clients throughout the country (and even tourists who have asked him to ship irresistible items back to their home countries). Follow Halkett Barn on Facebook (and get yourself added to the mailing list) to see the arrival of new shipments first. Visit Thursday to Sunday 10am-4pm at 499 Halkett Road.
Antiques are more than just large pieces of stately furniture:
There are lamps, silverware, art, linen and porcelain. “Some clients (collectors) who bought porcelain from me are always looking for more, so I always keep my eye out for them.”
Antiques are an exciting, niche passion:
“Some clients are very knowledgeable and passionate about their collection, and we have some robust conversations about various pieces and their history.”
Robbert has a degree in mining engineering but always loved restoring and updating character homes and furniture. After purchasing more antiques for himself than his home could handle, Halkett Barn was born. “I should have done it earlier,” he says.
The misconception about antiques:
“My sons used to think antiques were ‘boring and old’ but they have helped unload shipments and studied the craftsmanship in the pieces and have already claimed those they hope to acquire in time.”
Contemporary and antique go together perfectly:
If your personal interior style is contemporary, that does not mean you cannot adore antique items too. They complement each other – one creates a feature (or perfect backdrop for) the other. “I like both antique and modern furniture. An antique piece in a modern house gives contrast and warmth.”
The beauty captivates people:
The workmanship and detail impresses even the young ones. Robbert’s advice to someone who has never brought antiques before? “Just start, buy only what you love, mix it up and have fun.”