Huge new cafe for Halswell

Halswell house turns into industrial chic eatery

Last updated 14:00 03/09/2014
White House Black
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INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Glen Manley is managing the new White House Black development on Halswell Rd, opening this month.

Brewers Guild Awards
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GOOD SPIRITS: Nigel Mahoney (left), Muz Moeller and Julian Sinke of Ghost Brewing Company - one of many Canterbury breweries to bring home medals from the annual Brewers Guild Awards.

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Pulp Kitchen Catering has opened a cafe on the corner of Durham St Sth and Brougham St in Sydenham. It's in the Woohoo ("tax refund") building, and has been dubbed Pulp Cafe @ Woohoo. It's another branch to the existing Pulp Cafe in Wigram. Pulp is all about fresh food, homemade pies, salads and sweet treats, including gluten free. They brew up Vivace coffee. The new cafe is fresh and modern and easily accessible, just a few metres from The Colombo in Sydenham.


White House Black on Halswell Rd is only a couple of weeks away from opening. The huge double-storey house has been converted to an industrial chic cafe, which will initially open two late nights a week for dinner and drinks. Owner Chris Gear says he was looking for character, and the destination location sealed the deal. Gear works in the travel industry and the ideas for the decor have come from all over the world. It will also cater for large functions. To begin with, WHB will open Wednesday to Sunday from 7am, with late nights on Friday and Saturday. You may recognise manager Glen Manley and chef Bevan Ward from Pedal Pusher. Check out White House Black on Facebook for an exact opening date, around mid-September.


As promised, Procope on Victoria St has opened up for a cheeky late night on Fridays so you can wind down after the work week in style. The cafe will offer wine and beer and the like, nibbles and a casual atmosphere for a quiet drink. Open until 7pm Friday nights. Check out its Facebook page for more details.


If there was every any doubt (which there really shouldn't be) about the quality of beer brewing in Canterbury, the results of the annual Brewers Guild Awards should be the end of it. Canterbury brewers did really well. Top honours went to Twisted Hop Brewery co-owner Martin Bennett with a lifetime membership award. Three Boys Brewery (Oyster Stout) and Wigram Brewing Company (Tornado Strong Ale, Captain Cook Spruce Beer) got trophies. Hopefully we tallied this right: silver medals went to Harringtons, Cassels and Sons, Valkyrie Brewing Co, Ghost Brewing Company, Two Thumb Brewing Co, Four Avenues Brewing Co and Wigram Brewing Co. Bronze went to Twisted Hop, Valkyrie, Cassels and Sons, Three Boys, Harringtons, Wigram, Four Aves and Two Thumb. Fiasco Brewing Company's Double DeckYa was Beervana People's Choice in three of the four festival sessions.


The annual White Tie (Catering) City Mission Fund appeal is up again and it's time to help out. Every year they cook up a storm for families and individuals who could do with a square meal and something warm in their tummies. Fresh meat has been donated from Canterbury farms to be made into nutritious meals. All that's left are donations - of money or time. A $50 donation makes four family meal packs for the food bank, or 20 shelter dinners. Poor on money but rich in time? Why not put your hand up to cook up some meals? Cooking will take place 4.30pm- 9.30pm September 8 and 9. Register by emailing Donations to ANZ account 06-0817-0315242-00.

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Another charity-focused event is the City Mission Sunday Lunch where you get to eat food from Jonny Schwass and his army of helpers to raise money for the food bank. Auction and entertainment included. Everything is donated meaning the whole $65 ticket price goes to charity. September 28, phone 0800 BUY TIX for bookings.

- The Press


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