Eat and Drink

Easter buns a treat to make

Hot cross buns

Professional bakers are encouraging Cantabrians to have a go at making their own hot cross buns.

Cafe chat: Easter treats all across city

Sarah Donovan at She Chocolat

Christchurch goes all out for the chocolate celebration of the year.

Review: Bistro Gentil

Lake Wanaka

It's an intimate restaurant, without being intimidating, and n daylight you can see across the golf course to Lake Wanaka.

Firming up cider house rules

Caroline Peckham cider

In the last couple of years cider has gone from zero to hero in New Zealand, but are we drinking the proper stuff?

Victorian theme drives new shop

Paula Garcia and Mike Lester

It's all about glamorous corsets and silky bow ties at the latest addition to New Regent St.

Review: Civil and Naval

Civil and Naval

Civil and Naval is a tapas bar; this makes deciding easy - a little of what you fancy.

Cafe chat: Procope coffee house to reopen

Procope Victoria St

A popular Victoria St coffee house will soon open its doors following three years out of action due to quake damage.

Sumner's Thirsty Marriner calls time

The Thirsty Marriner

Sumner's The Thirsty Marriner has shut up shop, leaving behind an uninsurable building.

Sullivans bar in 3-year battle to reopen

Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan never thought it would take three years to reopen his bar.

Review: Waipara Hills Cellar Door Cafe

Waipara Hills winery

Great winery restaurants work hard to present their wines in the best possible light - Waipara Hills ticks this box.

Cafe chat: Brick Mill Cafe for sale

SoYo frozen yoghurt

The popular Brick Mill Cafe is up for sale after seven years in business plus frozen yoghurt arrives in Riccarton.

Much-loved Black Betty cafe is back

Hamish Evans

A landlord investing $400,000 from his own pocket to keep an old building open is a rarity.

Review: Savoire Cafe, Bishopdale


They say first impressions last but not so at Savoire Cafe and Wine Bar.

Review: The Station, Papanui

The Station restaurant

The Station doesn't grandstand, and delivered the best service we've had for some time.

Cafe chat: New brunches and beers

The Organic Food House

A brand-new brunch haunt, beer launches and the return of Black Betty.

Beer nerds face wine ponces at The Tannery

CP Lin

Beer nerds will take on wine ponces in the first Grain versus Grape debate tonight.

Bicycle Thief owners buy Rossendale

Owners take over Rossendale in Halswell

Richard Middleton

Owners of a popular restaurant are quitting the central city saying it is "just not ready yet".

Review: The Headless Mexican, Sumner

The Headless Mexican

Seated on long benches at our table near the open kitchen, we could see the chef cooking up a storm

Cafe chat: Macarons and mobile noodles

Breads of Europe

Get macarons for $1 at an annual event, visit a new Asian food truck or check out a just-opened espresso bar.

Guinness flows on St Patrick's Day

Jimmy McCarroll, Noel McDavid, Anthony Boyhan

The Guinness is flowing and revellers are decked in green at the city's Irish bars as St Patrick's Day get under way.

Review: Purple Weka

purple weka

In a former life, Purple Weka was a bland little cafe but it's had a fantastic makeover.

Review: Sakimoto, Cathedral Junction


You are looking at a tapas-style evening with everyone sharing at this new restaurant.

Cafe chat: Cheese champions and meaty apps

Mike and Catherine Carey

A Banks Peninsula cheesemaker takes out a national award while Monteith's releases an app which pairs beer and meats.

Yes, the supermarkets have few bananas

chch bananas

Muesli, smoothies and pancake stacks are under threat as a shortage of bananas reaches its peak.

Bar owners bruised by tough new police stance

Danny Valentine

Tensions are mounting between bars and police over the enforcement of new alcohol laws.

The Bog reopens

The Bog, City Mall

Popular Irish bar The Bog reopens tonight, three years after it was closed by quake damage.

Review: The Square, Novotel

Christchurch Novotel

Looking around the quiet gentility of The Square in the Novotel, it seems a lifetime since the The Press moved in after the September 2010 quake.

Cafe chat: Rotherhams gets rebrand

Matt Gilray

Rotherhams of Riccarton is being refitted and rebranded with Masterchef 2012 contestant Matt Gilray at the helm.

Naked mural 'a bit of colour'

calendar girls mural

A three-storey-high mural of a naked woman is being painted on the side of a central-city strip club.

Review: Browsers


The first word that springs to mind as you wander into Browsers Garden Cafe is oasis.

Harlequin 'fantastic' say neighbours

Harlequin Public House

Two neighbours of Harlequin Public House 'love the place' and cannot understand the noise complaints.

Review: The Carlton

The Carlton

A masculine setting with a menu specialising in steak - two pages are devoted to various cuts, breeds and weights.

Cafe chat: New bars and plenty of laughs


The Bog Irish bar is reopening, the Twisted Hop starts comedy nights and That Mexican Guy departs Volstead.

Conquered the Double Down? Try this...

Boasts more calories than the Double Down


Nutritionists look away now: a burger with more calories than the Double Down is set to clog the nation's arteries.

Review: Punakaiki's Jacobs Grill

Jacobs Grill Punakaiki

Choices range from Thai green curry to beef fillet and pan seared turbot.

Cafe chat: Coffee House expanding

Coffee House

The Coffee House in Montreal St is undergoing a major expansion and refurbishment.

Cod liver oil tonic inspires new ice-cream

New ice-cream mimics old cold liver oil tonic

Shaun Osborne with new icecream

New ice-cream flavour mimics taste of old Lane's Emulsion, but leaves out the cod liver oil and creosote.

Diamond Harbour cafe to get Spitfire


Jean may be a tolerant wife, but a life-size Spitfire as a permanent fixture in the front yard was a stretch.

New Bower pub's giant container structure

The Bower

The reincarnation of quake-hit Bower Tavern is one of the city's largest structures made from containers.

Review: Hummingbird


Hummingbird's container cafe has a surprisingly large capacity and makes a top breakfast.

Spanish sausage, Akaroa salmon pass taste test

Kingfisher Smoke House

A Spanish cured sausage and smoked salmon have done Canterbury proud at the annual Cuisine Artisan Awards.

Review: Sumner's Bamboozle


Doing business in the seaside suburb post-quake is not easy, but this place is buzzing.

Cafe chat: Tasty Valentines Day ideas

Valentines cupcakes

From cupcakes and punting to winery lunches by helicopter, Christchurch has plenty of ways to make the day special.

Homegrown fare in New Regent St

Alex Davies

Cafe Shop Eight is offering the chance to dine on entre-sized dishes almost exclusively from local foods.

Browsers cafe to be demolished

Riccarton cafe to be demolished after 20 years

Browsers cafe

Browsers Cafe will be demolished in three months after two decades in Riccarton.

Review: The Trading Rooms, Akaroa

The Trading Rooms

The old wooden building has been decorated to capture the feel of the past yet it's open and inviting.

Changing times spell end of 50c mix

Gummy bears, lollies, candy, sweets

The Press visited dairies across Christchurch in search of a 50 cent lolly mixture.

What really goes into your coffee cup?

Coffee Art

The cost of a cup of coffee, much like a litre of petrol, is always up for discussion.

Winnie Bagoes to breathalyse patrons

Police Drink Drive Breathalyser

Winnie Bagoes will tighten dress code, scan IDs, and breath-test patrons from tomorrow.

Vespa Bar is back


An old Poplar Lanes favourite has reopened in High St and gets top marks for ambience.
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