New Zealand > Christchurch
Jimthechap (51) Christchurch, New Zealand | December 29, 2012| Updated October 6, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
We went on only the second night this place had been open but was very familiar with the beer beforehand. At 5.15pm the place was starting to fill with the great, the good and the trendy. We took a very comfortable seat at the bar and were served instantly (mind you, we knew several of the staff). Plenty of beers available on tap, some of which are handpulls. Stylish surroundings and tasty food. This place has plenty of potential for enjoyment by both beersnobs and the general public alike.
The one caveat though is that in the bar there are mostly hard surfaces so when you get a few people in there hearing becomes a little difficult. Just my luck for being old and deaf.
It is probably timely to throw in an update having patronised this place fairly often in the last year or two. The noise issue was addressed nicely with the installment of acoustic bats in the ceiling. Other improvements include an outdoor cinema, an outdoor bar, plenty of outdoor seating, heating and rain cover and a rather swish decorative fence. Indoors, the menu remains pizza based but has an excellent array of other dishes that change from time to time and are always well prepared, thoughtfully created and good value. My only gripe is a chokepoint between the bar and tables when it gets busy. If this is my only gripe, then happy times. The only other thing I would like to see is a few more single malt whiskies. On that note, I have been impressed with how the staff and management have been receptive to constructive criticism. They are ready and open to discussion amid being generally welcoming. This is what hospitality is all about. I am proud to call this pub my local.
beer-yum (34) Wellington, New Zealand | March 27, 2015| Updated March 29, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Was very impressed during my first visit to this venue. The selection was good (albeit no foreign brews on tap) and the service left nothing to be desired. What food I had was fine and seemed to be all one would want in a brewpub. Iíd be happy to have this as my local - but alas, I live elsewhere.
GlassBrass440 (4) Christchurch, New Zealand | October 12, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Live music and several selections on cask.
Cantabrian (9) Christchurch, New Zealand | October 6, 2014
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
Very disappointing to be back here and experience the service down the pits. Ok the fries and dips are good, but we were served some of the sloppiest pizzas in town. And burgers gone bad. If the menu says "mozzarella", it could mean "may contain traces of colby". Iíll stay with the CBD bar: Same owners, I think, same menu, but carefully built, cheese-loaded pizzas.
nate2g (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | February 15, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very welcoming and a hub of activity on a Saturday lunch service. Located in the refurbished old tannery. The Casselís beers are solid and good expression of flavours in classic beer styles. Pleasant deck area for outside drinking. Staff were very friendly. Iíd recommend finding the time to combine a visit here with Twisted Hop just over the river.
Travlr (2114) Washington, Washington DC | August 17, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
This place is a nice blend of traditional and modern in an architecturally interesting building,a former tannery. Beers were very tasty, and they had a good chunk of their range, including two on handpull. Food is very tasty. My one quibble was with the service - staff were very friendly, but told me there are no beer menus, and taster flights were not available, although they did offer small tastes of each beer. Service was slow as well, even though only four tables were occupied. Lots of potential here, still not to be missed while in CHCH.
Natz (1) christchurch, New Zealand | March 21, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer and food in a working brewery! You donít see that very often. Great place to go and unwind. Did I mention the beer is great?
skortila (200) Baarn, Netherlands | April 10, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great place. Last place we visited when in Christchurch. We had a decent pizza dinner. Friendly staff, good NZ craftbeers. Atmosphere is very nice. We sat outside, which was great, even though the place is located in a mainly industrial area.
TimE (281) Tokyo, Japan | September 23, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Couldnít agree more with "Jim".. 21 taps, of which 9 are their own, which are divided into hand pump and draft. tons of guest beers from hard to find breweries, tons of seaonals. Friendly staff, lots of space, great food/pizza. Big screen TV outside if you want to watch sports. Lively friendly crowd. Staff werent necessary uber knowledgeable about things, but certainly decent enough. Their sampler set only is supposed to include their own beers, but they accidental, uumm, slipped in a couple guest taps for me. this is absolutely the place to go in Christchurch, or any citiy in the world for that matter. Awesome pizzas and reasonable priced. Great place for locals, but even better for beer geek tourists - one major draw back is prices for beer. $11-12/pint. Not cheap and it can get very crowded - yuppie types. Simply awesome. All the cab drivers seem to know this place has it has quickly become a very popular spot.
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