The appointment of Weir Architecture to transform the Hereford Street office block that once housed Scorpio books into a stylish boutique hotel, assures Christchurch of a delicious treat to be sampled in around 18 months. National Award Architectural winner in 2019 for The Crown Plaza Christchurch project, Weir Architecture has stunning plans for the building which forms part of the Hilton Tapestry group.
Strengthened, remodelled and with a top floor added, the hotel will be named The Modern.
Destined to become one of the city’s treasures, it will feature a retro interior – a fabulous take on the 1960’s modern era of interiors. Robert Weir, Director of Weir Architecture says the company sought something completely unique to Christchurch and realised the proponents of art, architecture, furniture and interior design of the 1960s in Christchurch should be celebrated.
Inspired by local artists’ works stored at COCA, as well as local titans Miles Warren and Peter Beaven, plus international architecture stars of the 60s, the furniture and artworks will be authentic.
The theme dictates the colour palette, the use of timber, leather, carpeting, and wall finishes in panelling and wallpaper.
Robert is lead consultant, working with developer Tailorspace and the hotel will be operated by the Sarin Group.
Hosting 70 rooms, the ground floor restaurant and café bar will be operated by the hotel, and we can look forward to a visit in 18 months.
“It’s really exciting to be working on this sophisticated hotel redevelopment and it’s always wonderful to work with a strong brand such as Hilton,” Robert says.
Distinction Hotel in Cathedral Square has something to smile about and we do too. Alex Ensor, a hatted chef who has just returned from the Middle East where he won the BBC GOOD FOOD restaurant of the year award, has joined the team and we are the ones that are going benefit from that.
Starting his culinary journey at Huka Lodge New Zealand before heading to Australia and working for world renowned chefs Guillaume Brahimi and Dietmar Sawyere, Alex has had more than 20 years’ experience in leading hotels and restaurants, all of which consistently won awards. With hats being the equivalent of Michelin stars in Australasia, Alex brings a wealth of experience and passion and the new menu at Distinction Hotel is benefiting from that experience.
Designed to be accessible, it’s refined dining without being fine dining. Seared scallops on creamy cauliflower puree, parsnip crisps splashed with apple and yellow curry oil, crispy skin corned Canter Valley duck breast with kumara puree, braised cabbage, sticky mustard seed dressing, smooth peanut butter parfait with dried fig puree, oven roasted salted peanuts, paillette feuilletine, are just some of the exceptional meals made using loyal local produce; that’s the way Alex wants it.
What Alex is excited about is bringing quality, good sized plates of food to the people of Christchurch. “We want everybody to come and experience Gumption. Our team are here because we are proud of what we do and that reflects in not only our service but our attitude toward preparing new and delicious food,” he says.
Gumption Restaurant & Bar is open 6am till 10am for breakfast, 5:30pm till 10pm for dinner. The bar has an all-day menu available from 11am until 10pm and all items can be enjoyed wherever the guests choose in either the bar or restaurant.
Reservations for Gumption can be made via the main hotel number
03 377 7000. Bon appetit.
Just an hour from Christchurch, Methven Resort offers an unforgettable experience for a wedding venue or exceptional conference location.
This exclusive escape in Methven Village is renowned for fine food, fantastic facilities, entertainment, serenity and space in a beautiful mountain setting. Accommodation staff will personalise every detail for your event, to ensure everything runs seamlessly.
The main conference room, the largest in mid-Canterbury, accommodates up to 300 and can host a sumptuous banquet.
The resort attracts weddings and conferences all year round, with Mount Hutt offering a majestic back drop for photos. Booking early is advisable, with summer weddings and conferences proving especially popular.
Methven Resort is revered for exquisite top-class food, with the restaurant seating up to 100. There are 47 affordable and comfortable rooms, including family suites that sleep four, along with three steamy outdoor hot pools and a 25 metre heated pool.
Visit www.methvenresort.com or phone 03-302 8724.
When it comes to planning your conference or event, you want it to be distinct. Set in the figurative and literal heart of the city, Distinction Christchurch has a variety of conference rooms available to meet this very brief for a wide range of events.
There are four venues, including, a boardroom catering to intimate groups of 12, through to the Cathedral North and South rooms capable of hosting larger groups of 150 guests.
The pre-function foyer is also available with plenty of breakout spaces in this elegant venue, in addition to Gumption Restaurant, which seats 100.
Whether you require something completely bespoke or the simplicity and ease of a Day Delegate Package, the team at the Distinction can help you out. The eleven storey 4.5-star hotel offers 179 elegant, air-conditioned hotel rooms, so your accommodation needs too are met with elegance.
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