Under $20: Twisted Hop Woolston
If you want to see the future of Christchurch, visit the new Twisted Hop in Woolston.
The new concrete building that's been erected over the ruins of something now forgotten isn't much to look at, especially compared to the memorable premises the brew pub used to inhabit in Poplar Lane. But who cares, the quality is still there and it's inside.
The Twisted Hop Woolston is all about craft beers (now brewed in Wigram) and it may require years of study and research to see if the fruity aroma of Golding Bitter is better than the late-hopped Hopback IPA or the golden ale Pacifikolsch. And those are just some of the house beers. Guest beers need their own lengthy analysis.
Needless to say, the beer menu matches the food menu, which leans towards "gastro pub". The opening menu has six mains priced under $20, including prawn and clam spaghetti, $17; mushroom risotto, $18.50; pork ribeye steak with beans and slaw, $18.50.
We selected the lamb backstrap salad with feta and glazed almonds, $18.50, which was delightful, light and matched nicely with a free taster glass of house beer.
We also tried the only dish over $20, a sirloin steak with herb smashed potato, roast mushrooms and chipotle aioli, $28. It too came with a taster glass of house beer. This was a fine meal but overpriced.
There was no dessert listed on the menu but inquiries revealed a chocolate brownie was available.
The starters included spicy fries, $6; steamed mussels, $12.50; bread and dips, $12.50; and nachos, $12.50. We didn't try them. Yes, there's a wine list.
Woolston now has two quality eateries - The Hop and the Holy Smoke. Is the suburb getting yuppie-fied?
Who cares? The Woolston Hop serves great beer and good food.
The Twisted Hop Lincoln will open next year.
The Twisted Hop Woolston
616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, 943 4681
Lunch: 12 noon to 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday Dinner: 5.30pm to 9pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
5.30pm to 9.30pm, Friday and Saturday