Cranford Park development - right on our doorstep

We are excited to share some important gastronomic developments at Cranford Park over the road from us at TOP 10. Cranford Park has a number of delicious options for dining out just on our doorstep.

Burgers and Beers is one of the exciting new additions to the area. Originally located on High Street in the centre of the city, following the February earthquake they moved to new premises on Colombo Street in Sydenham just along from the newly re-styled The Colombo. Their new location in the north of the city at Cranford Park has delighted fans and devotees from this side of town, including us. With names like Woolly Sahara Sand Hopper, Shagged Stag and the Pulp Fiction Burger, these are burgers with attitude and the chips and gravy are definitely a firm favourite from the menu. They’re open from 11am until late.

Costas Greek Taverna has finally made a comeback in Christchurch at Cranford Park following the closure of the Victoria Street restaurant. Sample the extensive range of ouzo at New Zealand’s largest Ouzo Bar or some of the delicious authentic Greek dishes on the menu including the delicious Meze platters, Spanakopita, Dolmades or the Flaming Saganaki which is brought flaming to your table. Aside from serving delicious Greek food, the focus at Costas is on providing a warm and inviting atmosphere, great music and friendly service. A bar and restaurant as well as a cook school and kitchen store, Chillingworth Road is unique to Christchurch.

At 10am daily Chef Darren Wright and his talented team do cooking demonstrations, conjuring up delicious treats for visitors to try. Watch out for Chillingworth Road name days on their Facebook page – every now and then they declare a day to be a specific name day. If that name belongs to you head along with your passport or ID to collect a coffee on the house. Make sure you also stay tuned to their Facebook page for information on special events happening at the restaurant.

Last week Chillingworth Road played host to the New Zealand Culinary Team who were sharpening their skills for the upcoming competition, the Welsh International Culinary Challenge ‘Battle of the Dragon’. A handful of lucky diners sample the menu they are set to the competition.

Arjee Bharjee, known as the Indian restaurant with attitude have also moved into the neighbourhood. As well as traditional Indian dishes, there are also Euro-fusion curries on the menu including Venison and Portobello mushroom, as well as dishes with Nepalese and North Indian influences.

If you are dairy free you can choose a stripped curry which means curries that are stripped of dairy content. All the curries are gluten free.

Other restaurants in Cranford Park include Euro on Cranford, Thai Temple and La Porchetta. At Christchurch TOP 10 we are delighted to see these new restaurants and cafés being added to the ever-increasing options available for diners in Christchurch, and right on our doorstep too!