Hearty winter warmers
This week, Sweethearts at Berryfields is launching its new winter menu, adding dishes that reflect the changing seasons and use the best of Canterbury’s winter produce.
The new menu focuses on hearty and nourishing dishes. The restaurant’s delicious winter warmers include spiced pumpkin soup, made from the restaurant’s own pumpkins, and seafood chowder with fresh smoked salmon, fish, mussels, calamari and garlic ciabatta.
For lovers of Canterbury’s finest red meat, lamb is served with kumara rosti, cauliflower puree and pea pesto, while beef fillet is accompanied by horseradish baked potatoes, seasonal vegetables and roasted garlic and portobello mushroom sauce.
Desserts are inspired by winter, too. The boysenberry and granny smith apple crumble with creme anglaise and homemade vanillabean icecream, and double-chocolate and raspberry brownie, with hot chocolate fudge sauce, are just two additions to the dessert menu.
Guests’ favourites will be staying on the menu. Popular dishes, such as the smoked Akaroa salmon, bacon and avocado stack, and pumpkin, feta, spinach and toasted hazelnut filo, with sweet onion jam, will be available all winter.
For smaller appetites, Sweethearts has freshly made slices, muffins and scones – great accompaniments to Twinings tea or Hummingbird coffee.
Sweethearts is a five-minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and surrounding northwest businesses, making it the ideal location for a work lunch or business meeting.
An express lunch service is available for guests with time restrictions, with menus listed online and pre-orders taken by Stacked high: The berry pancake stack is a popular breakfast or brunch choice. The dish uses the restaurant’s own berries. email or phone.
Traditional Victorian high teas are a favourite at Sweethearts. The team are accustomed to hosting high teas for special occasions, including ‘‘girly’’ gatherings, generational gettogethers, hen parties, baby showers and birthdays.
High tea is a creative revival of a much-loved British tradition that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.
It features a selection of tea sandwiches and sweet treats, such as red velvet cupcakes with raspberry cream cheese icing, delicious berryfruit short-crust tartlets and ginger and pistachio slices.
Located 15 minutes from the centre of Christchurch, Sweethearts is not just a charming destination to enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in a peaceful, rural setting, but a convenient choice, too.
Sweethearts at Berryfields, 161 Gardiners Rd, is open from 10am to 4pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm at weekends. For more information and reservations, phone 03 359 5630 or visit sweethearts.co.nz. Fresh berries are available November to February and frozen berries can be bought during the off-season.
Tea-time delights: Sweethearts at Berryfields’ high tea revives the British tradition with sandwiches, tartlets and iced cupcakes.