Food: off the tourist trail
1 hide detailOn the Cashmere hills with unsurpassed views acroos the plains and Southern Alps.
Our Local Expert Says:
The is a historic building of National importance.
Housed in a magnificent castle-like building perched on the Port Hills overlooking Christchurch, this silver-service restaurant is the brainchild of acclaimed chef, Bruce Griffiths. Using stone quarried from the nearby hills, Henry Ell constructed the building in 1918 as a rest house, drawing his inspiration from English manor houses and inns. The interior is opulent, with magnificent lead light windows, ornate timbered arches and big open fireplaces. Candle-lit tables and spectacular views of Christchurch add to the ambiance making this a truly wonderful dining experience. This restaurant serves elaborate, refined cuisine with attention to every detail. Open for afternoon and morning teas.
2 hide detailuse of mobile phones in our dining room will cause our ovens to stop the animals that have joined us for dinner are chosen from free range farms or the wild
The name Jonny Schwass is significant when it comes to Christchurch culinary circles and it's said if he's involved in a project, it will be good. In an area known for car sale-yards - Ferry Road - this is a great surprise for fine dining
this is an award-winning restaurant that produces wonderful food ... see the NileGuide blog about this and other top local places
3 hide detailThis is not 'just' chocolate at its best, but also a wonderful restaurant, a 1 or 3-day chocolate school and wedding venue.
Our Local Expert Says:
Set aside a day for a tour (they pick you up from 'the square' in the city) or if driving yourself, make sure you have a meal here - chocolate is not only sweet things
I have spent a delicious half-day of decadence here! Over the hill from Chrischurch in Governors Bay She has great food, stunning views and features the most sensuous chocolates. It is gourmet, decadent and authentic. A foodies dream!
Starting from one chocolate at the local Lyttelton Farmers Market (every Saturday morning) She has grown into an amazing foodies paradise.
They source all their organic chocalate beans from a farm in Samoa, (Pacific)
4 hide detailThe place to go to for imported salami and pasta and great food to eat there or to stock your campervan