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The boast of Beckenham: The Birdwood Eatery


It’s no exaggeration to say that The Birdwood Eatery and Pizzeria truly is in the ‘heart of Beckenham’, for this is an eatery with a big personality, dedicated to building strong connections with its clientele by providing food that is local, fresh and flavoursome.

 

 

The team at The Birdwood is welcoming and attentive. The passion they all have for their craft is evidenced by the energy and vibe found in this light and airy space.

Open daily from 8am–4pm, the eatery is the perfect place to rendezvous with friends for breakfast/brunch and lunch, or relax with an in-house roasted coffee and something scrumptious from the sweet and savoury cabinet, just to remind yourself that the happiest moments in life are derived from simple pleasures.

To whet your appetite, here are two dishes from the menu proving very popular with the locals:
Smashed Avocado – a tantalising dish of smashed avocado, poached eggs, marinated feta, cherry tomatoes and dukkah, nestling on freshly baked, house-made sourdough.
The Birdwood – a tastebud treat of soft-boiled free-range eggs, rarebit soldiers, apple and rhubarb crumble, buffalo yoghurt granola and berry compote.

For folks in a hurry, stop-by their coffee window for a caffeine fix like no other; but if you’re in celebratory mode and it’s a cocktail you fancy, well, word is that the eatery does such a good Bloody Mary, the locals call it epic!

The Birdwood Eatery is at 76 Malcolm Avenue, phone 03 332 3256 or visit www.thebirdwood.nz/eatery.

 


 

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Italian-style Heaven: The Birdwood


Everything you could want right in your neighbourhood is probably at The Birdwood in Beckenham. Nestled in a convivial locality near the Port hills, this place is both laid-back and authentic

 

The Birdwood

 

Unpretentiously industrial-vibed and operating from a previous shop corner, The Birdwood, or centre-for-superior-sustenance caters to both body and soul with its eatery for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and its pizzeria for slightly later in the day. Not too much later, mind.

 

Establishment owners, Sarah and Nick Freeman have designed this to be as youth-friendly as Italy itself. Therefore the pizzeria is open from 4pm, when all-age hunger seems to strike, right through till 10pm, and from 3pm from Friday to Sunday. And if a significant other just wants to pick up a gorgeous meal without eating out, there’s an extensive takeaway pizza menu, as well as Three Boys beers on tap for whiling away the short wait. Basically, this is the true Italian foodie experience, with healthy deliciousness in the form of sourdough created traditionally and hand-stretched on site, and then cooked in the huge pizza oven.

 

Coffee is also perfected here, with the sweet, nutty ‘Birdwood Blend’ used for white coffees and the ‘Triumphant Blend’ roasted for black, characterised by dark chocolate notes.
Ingredients are ideal. Gluten-free and vegan options abound. The pizza chefs are Italian. The décor includes comfortable, big-booth seating. The building lies gloriously to the sun, now with heated outdoor courtyards. Perfecto!

 



 

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A Dramatic Transformation: The Birdwood


Located off the well-trodden path of most new hospitality ventures in Christchurch today, this recent winner of the ADNZ – Canterbury/Westland: Commercial Interior Design Award, The Birdwood is comfortably nestled into the heart of suburban Beckenham.

 

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This re-purposed old building has two establishments consisting an eatery and a pizzeria. Both venues hinged around a central kitchen designed to service both facilities during their alternate times of trade – a requirement of their resource consent and project brief.
The ambience of the eatery is based around a light-drenched open space scattered with tables, providing a clean fresh, vibrant feel, while the pizzeria presents a darker more intimate space. Acoustic consideration in both venues delivers spaces which can cater for large groups while still maintaining a comfortable volume.

 

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The most obvious design feature in both venues are the ash timber chairs and stools. Supple ochre leather was chosen for the cushions to give a punch of colour in the lighter eatery but still provide a warm natural tone in the darker pizzeria. Roma Imperiale Granite stone benchtops and local lime stone around the woodfired pizza oven add a lovely combination with the varied black and brown finishes throughout.

A prominent feature of the eatery is the bespoke Woodtex ceiling. These fine fibre strand acoustic panels are arranged at 45 degrees then set at varied widths to provide an acoustic absorption surface area greater than that below. This provides a visually dramatic acoustic solution to an unresolved problem in most busy cafés.

Louie and the team from Mckenzie Builders worked closely with Nic Curragh from Objects Ltd on the fit out and Dean Cowell from Three Sixty Architecture on the extensive remodelling of the original building.

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Louie says the challenge in the job was dealing with the old building and all its flaws, trying to drag it into the 21st century by adding steel beams, opening up large spaces and trying to level out seven different floor heights while installing a three-tonne pizza oven imported from Italy, all under very tight timeframes.

McKenzie Builders loved the challenge and is extremely proud of the finished product. The company has just walked away with a gold medal in the Master Builders House of the Year competition, which Louie says was a great result and recognition for all of his team. Louie says most of his work comes through word of mouth which is a great testament to his business.

 


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