Last night I ventured out with my friend to hear Lindon Puffin play at The Tannery in Woolston. I’ve been there a few times over the last 18 or so months and it’s a nice wee pub – with a great courtyard and good pub grub on offer. Of course, it’s part of The Tannery complex now – as the first group of shops has opened. So this morning we ventured back to have a good look around the shops. There are a few areas of suburban growth after the earthquakes, and bandied about in Lonely Planet are references to Sydenham and Addington. The Tannery took a bit longer to get up and running but this is the sort of development I really want to see in Christchurch. It is looking fantastic. Set in an industrial suburb the refurbishment pays homage to its beginnings, but is cool, funky and I can’t wait to see as the rest of it develops and comes to life. With Gustav’s Kitchen and The Brewery bar there is some good hospo offerings. Inside the Tannery the deli has a cafe and offers a different kind of food option. Then there are the funky shops – especially Where the Fox Lives, Dual and the shoe shop Fascino (spelling?). If I didn’t have to pay the optometrist next week I would have been pulling out the credit card!
This is the sort of development that gives you an idea of what we could have around Christchurch. It’s a really good mix of retail and food – and I’m sure some more food options will open as the rest of the area is finished. It has a great look – especially from the river side – but even my shots from the carpark are cool.
The only downer was last night – trying to get a taxi home? 45minute wait. Luckily for us someone kindly dropped us home. Next time one of us will be sober driver. Taxis in Christchurch on a Saturday night are appallingly hard to get.