Terrace Tavern – raising the bar in Chch

Terrace Tavern - raising the bar in Chch
Outdoor seating makes the most of Terrace Tavern’s perfect Oxford Terrace site.

Richard and Lisa Sinke are breathing life and soul back to the very heart of Christchurch City with the recent opening of Terrace Tavern – the latest adventure in the amazing Dux journey.
Richard says Terrace Tavern is designed to be a bar and restaurant for adults – pitched at the over 25’s looking for a welcoming ‘grown up’ space to socialise, enjoying good food and beverages.
He says the Christchurch dining scene is evolving into “a pretty exciting place to be”.
With food a key ingredient of the modern tavern experience, a wide-ranging and contemporary menu has been developed to tempt hungry patrons of Terrace Tavern.
South Pacific flavours including tuna, swordfi sh and locally caught species, local lamb, pork belly and chicken along with locally sourced seasonal vegetables accompany crisp craft beers and sensational wines.
Richard says the Terrace Tavern project is very much a combination between himself and his wife Lisa – an accomplished interior designer who has previously delivered the interior look and feel of Dux Dine and Dux Central. “Lisa and I have done a lot of travelling together,” Richard says.
“We both love the hospitality business. We felt that with the new Christchurch evolving we wanted to establish ourselves as part of that newness – the new growth, the new ideas.
“We felt that Christchurch hospitality needed a lift from its previous earthquake status and we really wanted to introduce a more global feel – Christchurch growing up if you like.”
Perfectly located on the corner of Oxford Lane and Oxford Terrace, outdoor seating allows river views across the road along with the entertainment of the occasional concert on the riverbanks and the City Tram as it rolls past.
Drawing inspiration from the curvature of the tavern’s large front window, Lisa’s fine eye for detail has found opportunities aplenty to create curves, arches and circles throughout the design, right down to the design of the tavern’s logo.
Enter the tavern – circular designs on wood panelling, carpet and tiles, large arched mirrors, banquette seating, subtly rounded corners on tables, ball shaped pendant lights, and perhaps the pièce de résistance – the very long bar with its beautiful granite top curved at one end and bespoke cabinet made from vertical half round ash logs.
There is almost an American/Canadian feel to the long bar providing the ability to sit comfortably, enjoying a drink while watching the wizardry of the maestro behind the bar pour drinks, mix cocktails and banter with customers.

Terrace Tavern - raising the bar in Chch
A wide-ranging and contemporary menu has been developed to tempt hungry patrons of Terrace Tavern.

 
Comfortable seating throughout the tavern encourages people to spend time relaxing over a meal; enjoying the surroundings.
Richard explains that the tavern is a designed as a multi purpose venue with a mix of seating and zones where you can sit casually with a group of friends having drinks, nibbles and meals or enjoy a full regular style dining experience.
“We’ve actually got a really cool ‘chefs table’ where you can sit at the open kitchen which is fully integrated with the dining room – it’s part of the theatre of the whole thing.
“We wanted to create life and energy—that’s a very important element that we wanted to introduce – so that you are very clear about where your food is coming from.”
Particular attention was paid to the tavern’s acoustics during the planning process, with acoustic panels hidden within the coffered ceiling, dampening sound.
Terrace Tavern - raising the bar in Chch
Comfortable seating throughout the tavern encourages people to spend time relaxing over a meal; enjoying the surroundings.

 
“There is nothing worse than going to a place that has very harsh surfaces that bounce sound around and you cannot hear the person across the table.
“We’ve made extensive use of carpet and leatherette to soften sound.” The tavern has been open for a few weeks now
and Richard says feedback on social media has been overwhelmingly positive.
“It’s different for Christchurch; international while also very kiwi, very welcoming, warm and cozy inside.”
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