In its brand-new café, bar and restaurant, the Crowne Plaza Christchurch is promising to showcase the best fresh local produce in the city and region. Conveniently located in the vibrant heart of Christchurch, the hotel will feature the 80-seat Market Place restaurant and bar, its ground-floor Café 1851 and the upmarket Social Wine Bar.

Swiss-born chef Mirco Turtschi brings to the table a wealth of experience from hotels and restaurants in Switzerland and New Zealand, and said it was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to set up a new hotel of this size.

“My overall vision for these three outlets is to capture a diverse audience at different times of the day and become known as a popular dining hub, for locals and visitors,” said Turtschi.

“We’re aiming to appeal to everyone, keeping good old-fashioned favourites that are generous in portion but reasonable price, while offering health conscious guests some lighter options.”

Crowne Plaza Christchurch features three premium offers in one inspiring new space. Market Place restaurant and bar takes inspiration from the local markets which once thrived just metres away in Victoria Square. Featuring an interactive marketplace dining concept, diners will. Be encouraged to pick and choose from a wide range of dishes on offer. The new menu for Market Place restaurant and bar is still under wraps, but Chef Mirco said his vision was to give locals and visitors the opportunity to discover the best fresh produce the city has to offer.

Located in the lobby, Café 1851 is set to delight tastebuds and give friends, locals and families a place to connect in a contemporary environment. It will serve expertly brewed Mojo coffee, T2 tea, fresh juices and smoothies, pastries, cakes, sandwiches and salads. The light-filled café features clean lines and Scandinavian-inspired décor.

Social Wine Bar will be the place for get-togethers and drinks over shared plates, an extensive wine list and a selection of NZ craft beers.