In my opinion if not one of the most exciting and progressive things that has happened to Christchurch since the February earthquake has been
the opening of the Cassels & Sons Brewery & Cafe at the Tannery Woolston http://casselsbrewery.co.nz
This new start venture reads like one of those classic kiwi business ventures, father and sons home brew beer over a unique wood fire in the back
yard and over a beer decide let’s start a boutique brewery. After a few setbacks and two major earthquakes which nearly decimate there business with vision they decide to push forward and rapidly expand the brewery into a prime restaurant, cafe, bar & entertainment music venue.
We are now utterly spoilt for a premium destination for most importantly boutique beers, wood fired pizzas, rustic food, sumptuous cabinet food that would not be out of place in any international city. I adore this place, it opens seriously early in time for all day breakfasts (try the chilli baked beans on hot buttered toast), serves up lunch, affordable cabinet food by a clever mother and son kitchen team. The salads are vibrant and piled high on platters, think Otto Lenghi style http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/.
The Dinner menu is thoughtfully written, wood fired pizzas inspired by local place names, how tempting does Horotane Pear, Blue Cheese, Thyme & Smokey Bacon wood fired pizza sound?. Check out the website for a line up of entertainment in the form of live music acts, this is bound to fill the void for entertainment deprived locals that the loss of CBD has left. This is what a true local food & drink place should be like; children are welcome with highchairs and a big old cane basket full of wooden toys and books. I get the innate sense that this is just the beginning for the Cassels and this Brewery/Bar/Cafe/Restaurant/Entertainment venue is filling the gap perfectly and will be here for a long time to come….in fact it feels as if it has always been.