British beer mode
With a range of English-style cask-conditioned beers that complement a menu of quality pub grub, The Twisted Hop Pub offers a refreshingly different dining experience.
Owners Stephen and Clare Hardman say cask-conditioned beer is a particular style of beer that’s unusual in New Zealand.
Delivered fresh from the Twisted Hop Brewery in Wigram, the beers are brewed in the same way that beers in Britain have been made for centuries, where final fermentation takes place in a barrel.
‘‘Without the addition of CO , the beer is served in the traditional manner using a beer engine and is fresh and still alive when it reaches your glass,’’ Stephen Hardman says.
Brews include the Golding Bitter, Challenger, Twisted Ankle, Hopback IPA and a seasonal ale. As well as the cask-conditioned beers, The Hop offers a range of guest beers, ciders, wines and non-alcoholic beverages.
Diners looking for a drop that will wash down perfectly with their lunch or dinnertime meal can consult the ‘match your drink guide’, and the friendly team are also happy to offer their suggestions.
With a vast variety of drinks to choose from, there’s something to match any meal, whether it’s fish and chips, rib-eye steak or a burger.
Hardman says The Hop’s team has excellent knowledge of the different brews, and their enthusiasm towards serving a style of beer that’s so unusual to Canterbury reflects in their customer service.
‘‘Diners are assured great advice for a great experience,’’ he says. ‘‘Our comment cards are evidence of our outstanding customer service.’’
With Ian Hinchliffe taking over the reins as head chef, diners can expect some exciting changes to be made to the menus, while old favourites will remain.
There are plenty of seating options with spacious tables, comfy booths and a courtyard with a log burner for the cooler weather.
Upstairs, a private function room offers an ideal space for business meetings, corporate events and special occasions like birthdays.
It’s a versatile space for hire taking up to 40 people, and the Hardmans are always finding fun ways to make alternative use of it.
It is host to wine and beer tasting evenings, and this month it will resound with laughter as the comedy competitions take place.
‘‘The RAWTwisted Hop Comedy Competition aims to put Christchurch back in the comedy scene and back on the New Zealand map post-quake,’’ Hardman says.
‘‘Aspiring Canterbury comedians can take part and show their talents on March 9 and 23.’’
Other plans include themed game nights, in response to customers’ often going to The Hop to enjoy a pint of beer over the board games the venue keeps in stock.
The atmosphere at the venue is laid-back and cosy, making it a welcoming spot for socialising with family and friends.
There are plenty of weekly events, including live music on Friday and Saturday nights and a quiz night every Monday.
The venue also has its own Twisted Hop social cricket club, as well as a loyalty club that offers benefits on meals and beverages, and discounted tickets to the venue’s special events.
The Twisted Hop Pub at 616 Ferry Road opens for lunch Friday to Sunday, and every day from 3pm until late. Follow the Hop on Facebook and Twitter, visit thewoolstonhop.co.nz or call 943 4681.
Favourite fare: Fresh fish with a perfectly matched beer from The Twisted Hop Pub.