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With the sun streaking through the canopy of trees, the chorus of birdsong and the glittering Heathcote River silently snaking its way below, The Brickworks’ beer garden is channelling some serious urban oasis action. It’s a mid-winter day, but in this stunning location perched at the foot of the Cashmere Hills in the full afternoon sun we find ourselves, incredulously, having to remove the protective layers hurriedly thrown on earlier in the day between sips of frosty beer. Nearby, some industrial outdoor heating is ready to keep things toasty when the temperature drops, but we won't be needing it today. Inside, owner Angela Spyve has spruced up the iconic local, imbibing it with a cosy, rustic aesthetic and a relaxed, casual vibe. At its heart sits a killer, double sided-brick fireplace, perfect for those cooler evenings, which separates the bar (complete with enormous, curved screened TVs for serious sport hounds)...
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With 80s tunes rocking the sound system, a funky new interior created after a rustic revamp and a fine menu of epically-honed gastropub fare, the reborn Merrin Street Brewery Bar has swag in spades. The venue formerly known as the Monteith’s Brew Bar located in Avonhead Mall might have changed its name, but its signature legendary West Coast hospitality, and famed line-up of Monteith’s craft beers and Kiwi wines, continues the legacy of this neighbourhood fave. It’s a crackin’ autumn afternoon when we roll up with some serious hunger pangs and, after walking through the sun-drenched outdoor area, are welcomed by huge friendly grins from the staff and the slick new aesthetic, where righteous multi-coloured rough-cut coloured feature walls meet the industrial edge of chunky wooden copper-nailed tables. In a nod to the bar’s West Coast roots, a boar’s head lords over proceedings from over the fireplace. Behind a well-stocked...
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Riffing on the 50s retro rustic cool of Bishopdale’s famous orchards and the three brothers (James, Robert and William) the suburb is named after, the brand spanking new Bishop Brothers Public House is all about fantastic food in a relaxing atmosphere, says owner Mark Pearce.The new neighbourhood gastro tavern takes its cues from the Bishop boys’ fruitful legacy, with the former Little Italy/Farrington Tavern site transformed into a modern gastro-tavern that effortlessly blends the rustic charms of an apple packhouse aesthetic with 50’s diner chic. Funky booth seating meets solid wooden furniture and retro flourishes, including old valve radios and other similarly-aged artefacts to set the scene.Award-winning local chef Kathryn Ahu elevates gastro-pub fare to the next level at the new venue, with a menu that includes not only pub-grub faves but also plenty of Bishop Brothers spins on classic dishes. Look for their legendary platters, baked pork belly, steamed mussel pots,...