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One of life’s pleasures: Fiddlesticks


If eating is one of life’s pleasures then dining out is a delight and where better to reward yourself for good lockdown behaviour than inviting and stylish Fiddlesticks in the heart of the Arts Precinct? The cosy intimate dining spaces are complemented by the roaring fire in the courtyard outside.

 

Open from 9am until midnight seven days, breakfast and brunch, lunch, dinner, gluten free and grazing are deliciously taken care of.

The choices on the breakfast and brunch menu are nothing short of an adventure through the cuisines of the world.

Lunches are light or larger to linger over, while dinner features the best of local produce and the fab Fiddlesticks Feature Feast For Two: a bespoke shared feast for two with any two sides that is ever-changing, constantly evolving to tempt and surprise.

The grazing menu offers snacks and full meals to accompany the range of beers, bottled and on tap ciders and light brews, signature cocktails and, of course, the incredible wine library that will see you hesitating over varieties of the fermented grape from regions near and far.

There’s also the ‘Wines of intrigue’ section with both red and white, or maybe a toss of the coin will help you choose between a little something from ‘Bordeax – left bank’, and ‘Bordeaux – right bank’.

Fiddlesticks is the ultimate lockdown breaker – lock it in!


 

How & why you should support local


It’s time for us all to band together and help Canterbury get back on its feet. That means buying, eating and traveling local. We’ve put together a few ways you can get behind the cause.

 

 

SOS Café is a not-for-profit initiative set up for local businesses in New Zealand during the pandemic.

You can support your favourite bars, restaurants, cafés and services by purchasing a voucher to redeem once everyone is back up and running normally.

Check it out at www.sosbusiness.nz.

You might have seen Air New Zealand showcasing some of New Zealand’s greatest scenery in their safety videos on your way to some exotic location.

Maybe it’s time to experience some of that scenery for yourself? It’s easy to forget what we have in our backyard because we’re so used to it always being there.

Now is the time, more than ever, to travel around the North or South Island or even take that weekend away to Queenstown.

So why not get planning? It’ll give you something to look forward to for the rest of the year.

Finally, one of the best ways you can #supportlocal and show you really care is by supporting them online.

Some local businesses are used to having customers physically come into their stores and even having a chat with you while you’re browsing.

Remind them that you’re there, that you care and that you’re excited for their return.

Follow them, like and comment on their updates, maybe even flick them a message. Something so small can make the world of difference to someone.


 

Why Waipara Springs Winery?


The Waipara wine region, an hour north of Christchurch, boasts 75 vineyards and stretches over more than 1,200 hectares of plantings. It is renowned for the amazing pinot noirs and rieslings that are produced there. But every great region has an equally great origin story; a pioneer in the trade and for this particular district… it was the Waipara Springs Winery.

 

 

Established in 1981, the Moore family pioneered the planting of the first vines in the valley.

Having bottled their first vintage in 1989 and officially opening the restaurant in 1990, the proud original North Canterbury family will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in October this year.

The family owned and operated business is in its third generation.

But that doesn’t stop first owner Jill Moore from sitting down behind the Cellar Door telling a collection of her most cherished stories while running you through the wines.

Whether it’s about the original building being a horse stable or the unique climate of the Waipara Valley – there’s never a dull moment.

The Waipara Springs Winery is already locally recognised and loved, so why not go out and have a look at what everyone is raving about.

Current owners, Katie Lumber and Andrew Moore, expressed that “We are about offering a memorable experience,”. Their motto is “wine dine relax” and they certainly have plenty to offer; casual dining, group lunch bookings, hens’ parties, corporate functions, weddings and (you guessed it) wine tastings.

This hidden gem is only a short drive from Christchurch… so what are you waiting for?


 

No.4 = No.1


Philip Pullman once said, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” In a stroke of luck for Christchurch, you’ll find exactly these things at the adored No.4 Bar and Restaurant in Merivale.

 

Offering exceptional food and drink, a charismatic setting in an original historic homestead, and really great stories, No 4 is the gastropub for all seasons where you’ll feel at home with friends and family, colleagues and clients.

Open for lunch and dinner every day and brunch on weekends and public holidays, No.4 is also a premium function venue with four different areas available for hire and these are all fully catered.

You can choose from The Library, The Red Corner, The Private Courtyard and The Restaurant, for up to 70 guests.

Select from a variety of seating styles, and everything from drinks and nibbles, to crafted finger food, to full set menu options cater for all tastes and budgets.

Knowledgeable, friendly staff will manage your event from your first inquiry to fond farewells at the close of play and everyone will think you are so clever for creating such a marvellous event.

Warm and friendly at any time of the day, No.4 retains the cosy feel of a ‘local’ but adds a subtle sophistication in food and service.

The wine list is extensive and caters to all tastes with treats from around the world included, while beer is a venerated speciality with the Monteiths range, New Zealand boutique beers, international favourites, plus a special guest beer to discuss with the hop brewing afficionados on staff.

On the menu you’ll find that classics like beer-battered fish and chips are joined by prime cuts of sirloin and angus rib-eye served with truffled duck fat boulangère potato and sumac roasted vine tomato, and takoyaki balls (octopus dumplings with takoyaki bbq sauce, sesame mayo, bonito flakes and wakame).

And that’s just the start of the really great story.


 

Barbecue Korean style!


“E-guh mah-sitneh-yo,” that’s Korean for, “this is tasty” and it’s something you should learn before going to Ye-Chon BBQ and Restaurant.

 

 

You can sit at your table and BBQ a wide selection of beef, pork, duck and lamb right in front of you, sharing the intimacy of face to face with friends.

It’s not just charcoal BBQ though; there is wide range of premade authentic Korean dishes to choose from, including a great selection of smaller ‘street’ dishes like, Gim Wrap – a traditional dish of deep-fried glass noodles wrapped in seaweed – all the way through to Kimchi Stew; totally delicious!

With a great atmosphere and friendly staff, there’s something on the menu for even the fussiest eater.

There’s a great family menu so the kids will be happy too and perhaps mum and dad can try Soju, a tasty Korean beverage.

Or you can sit back with something from the great wine list, like a Pegasus Bay Riesling or an Asahi beer.

With individual table ventilation systems, it’s true charcoal BBQ without the smoke.

Renowned for their good size portions and being a fun way to share food with friends, why not try a great style of eating at Ye-Chon BBQ and Restaurant.

Find Ye-Chon at the Windmill Centre, opposite ANZ, at 95 Riccarton Road. There’s plenty of parking and it’s open from 11:30am till late. Phone 03 341 3314. “Jeulgyeo” means enjoy!


 

A loveable rogue


Many try but few succeed to reach the holy grail of hospitality – longstanding popularity. Rogues of Rotherham has achieved just that: finding a place in the hearts of locals, it is also a destination for visitors; it is a mecca for those who love food, fine wines, and cocktails, but is as appropriate for families as it is for corporate functions. Rogues of Rotherham is a true classic.

 

 

Open all week from 8:30am to late, you can head in for breakfast, brunch, snacks, lunch and dinner, and there is a gluten-free menu for each.

The selections for any time of the day are as extensive as they are delicious, and be warned – you will struggle to choose.

For example, at breakfast you could be served the definitive Eggs Benedict, the always-welcome-but-some mornings-more-than-others Bacon Buttie with Rogues’ own recipe sauce, or the set-you-up-for-the-whole-day Balsamic Beef Cheek.

Lunch and dinner menus feature a full range of pizzas, pastas and risottos along with casual dining fare, so bringing the whole family is always a good idea.

A meander through the all-embracing wine list takes you on a trip around the world – France, Italy, Australia, and California all feature alongside Canterbury, Hawkes Bay, Central Otago, Marlborough, Nelson, and Martinborough.

Functions are always fabulous in Sneaky’s speakeasy-style bar behind the mysterious white door.

There are food and wine specials all week: Locals Shout, Pizza Takeover, Cocktail Heaven, Sangria Fridays and Bloody Mary weekends.


 

The resort for foodies: Methven Resort


The sublime Methven Resort, one of the most popular and luxurious places to stay in Canterbury, has new management and a new logo. New Directors, Olé and Bruce Wallis, know and understand the ethos of Methven Resort better than anyone, and are the perfect choice to bring this much-loved establishment into a new season.

 

 

 

 

 

Methven Resort’s 47 affordable and comfortable rooms are simply divine, giving you unequalled refinement and the best night sleep you could possibly have.

The resort is renowned for the three pristine outdoor hot pools set amongst stunning scenery and rejuvenating mountain air. They are available all year round free of charge for in-house guests or with a small fee to the public. Enjoy swimming in the 25-metre outdoor pool, sunbathing on the manicured lawn and enjoy cold drinks by the poolside on a sunny day.

Revered for exquisite top-class food, the resort’s in-house chefs use fresh, local produce to create delicious dishes like the Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese or Quinoa, and there’s seating for up to 100 guests looking out to the view of Mount Hutt.

Methven Resort is an easy hour’s drive from Christchurch with parking on site. So if you are wanting a luxurious holiday like no other, visit www.methvenresort.com or phone 03 302 8724.

 

 


 

Iconic cafe the place to be: Brigitte’s


Nestled in the heart of Merivale for over 45 years, Brigitte’s is an iconic and well-loved café.

 

 

 

 

With loyal customers visiting from all over the city and distant shores, many of their regulars include generations from the same families. “We have people who came in as children with their parents and grandparents, now bringing in their own children – it’s really cool to see, but slightly ageing!” says owner Ange.

The front-of-house team is well-known for creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, going out of their way to ensure customers feel special and valued. Brigitte’s is renowned for its amazing brunches and delicious lunches, with all the traditional favourites made by their talented kitchen team, adding the special Brigitte’s touch. Some popular favourites include the Warm Lamb Salad, Salt and Pepper Squid, Eggs Benedict, burgers and pancakes, as well as a selection of house-made slices and cakes. “We sometimes try to sneak in a few changes to the menu, but our regulars just won’t let us!”

There’s definitely an option for everyone at Brigitte’s. Whether you’re having a business meeting, celebrating a special event or heading to the races, the courtyard is an idyllic place to enjoy a glass of wine in the sun. The adjacent garden room is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main restaurant. “It’s a bit quieter, for those wanting a more peaceful setting to dine or chat.”

Brigitte’s is now open at 7:30am on weekdays.

 

 


 

For the culinary connoisseur: Woodley’s Restaurant and Wine Bar


Located just 40 minutes from Christchurch, Woodley’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is Darfield’s best kept culinary secret.

 

 

With three outdoor dining areas, a newly landscaped beer garden, under-cover and heated dining area and the front terrace that has a stunning picturesque view of the Southern Alps, Woodley’s is easily Darfield’s cosiest and most stylish restaurant and bar.

Talking of restaurants and bars, Woodley’s has a delightful range of beautifully prepared, reasonably priced meals and desserts to satisfy every culinary connoisseur. Lunch/brunch is served from Wednesdays to Sundays 11am until 3pm, and Dinner from Tuesdays to Sundays from 5pm till late. Woodley’s also sports Darfield’s biggest range of craft beers; a good IPA, pilsner or lager from Boundary Road is never far away.

Woodley’s can also cater for your function and can take large bookings on request. For more information on Darfield’s dining hotspot, check out www.woodleys.kiwi.

 

 


 

Authentic Thai dining


Since 2013, Hoon Hay Thai Restaurant has been offering an authentic Thai dining experience right here in Christchurch, and has quickly become a popular local favourite.

 

 

Conveniently located at 9 Coppell Place, it’s handy to meet family and friends for lunch or dinner, or opt for a takeaway and relax at home.

All dishes are made on-site by skilled chefs who serve up an extensive menu featuring Thai classics, such as Tom Yum Soup, luxurious Red, Green and Massaman Curries, Satay and Larb. The entrées – think mouth-watering Thai Fish Cakes, Money Bags, Wontons and Curry Puffs – are all homemade by the skilled team.

Also included on the menu are the Hoon Hay Thai customer favourites, like the Pad Thai prepared with their own style sauce, Spicy Duck Red Curry, Garlic and Black Pepper Crispy Pork, and the popular Peanut Sauce Stir Fry.

To sample these varied and delicious options, the restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays, offering $10 lunch specials, and can also be hired for special occasions and private or business functions.

Hoon Hay Thai is fully licensed, with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and BYO is also available. For more information, call 03 339 0320.