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The Brewers Arms

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177 Papanui Road, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
+64 3-963 1620
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good43%
  • Average9%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“lamb shank” (14 reviews)
“mash” (4 reviews)
“wedges” (4 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
177 Papanui Road, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 153 reviews

Reviewed 12 March 2018

Wanted a plain meal local to our motel so chose here and booked online about two hours before table time. Booking confirmed by email so we were surprised to find all in darkness and doors padlocked when we arrived. Luckily found good Italian restaurant close...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 20 February 2018

Popped in with the wife when on quick stop over in Christchurch and had a lovely time. Fantastic food menu - the lamb shank with vegetables was absolutely delicious. Extremely friendly staff and nice surroundings (watching the ducks outside was rather sweet). Very much recommended.

Thank David S
Reviewed 14 February 2018

A location next to a pond does not make up for the dated, deteriorated decor and fittings and charmless service. Best avoided in favor of other venues in the neighborhood or the central city.

Thank MontBlanc76
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed going to this bar whilst we were staying locally in Christchurch. It was a pub type atmosphere, sport on the tv and groups of people meeting for drinks and eats. The food was ok, a bit mixed, we tried the ‘cook your own...More

Thank Debbie T
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Such a shame. My mother visiting from overseas really wanted to come back here after enjoying a lovey visit a few years ago on her last trip. The place had definitely deteriorated. The duck pond looked messy. The service was not good with both lamb...More

1  Thank Alison P
Reviewed 5 January 2018

Long time customer. Used to be great but service is now poor to the extent it's often hard to get past all the bar-leaners to order a drink and then it's often even harder to be noticed by bar staff. Food also used to be...More

2  Thank Graeme R
Reviewed 12 December 2017

We are occasional visitors to Christchurch and have always enjoyed a good meal here in the past, On this occasion iAfter 15 minutes despite not being busy no one turned up so we ordered at the bar.. Two of our group of three ordered the...More

4  Thank Arthur C
Reviewed 15 November 2017

This is / was our go to, especially with people from out of town, as the stone grill is often a new experience for them. We had booked a table, but when we arrived we were told the table was taken by another group (nice...More

3  Thank smiliekiwi
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We went wit My husband and I went with my 14 year old son and my brother and sister in law. Table was booked at 7pm we got there a few minutes early and ordered just after 7pm. At 7.50pm I went to the bar...More

4  Thank donnagS4702EY
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

10 of us were seated at 7pm and got our meals finally at 8.50pm, the lamb shanks were ok, but were plonked on a huge pile of mashed potato, with vegetables (they were nice) the Wiener schnitzel was curled up on the edges like bowls...More

3  Thank nzkiwi51
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 177 Papanui Road, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-963 1620
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The Brewers Arms in Merivale is a great tavern that specialises in a huge selection of quality food and drinks. It has the feel of a traditional English-style pub where you meet locals or friends for a chat, a drink and a meal and it's close to the city and to the hotels and motels on Papanui Road. The Brewers Arms is a friendly and unpretenious tavern that's perfect whether you're from out of town or a local catching up with friends. Without any obnoxious loud music or gaming machines, the ambience is inviting and there are plently of plasma screens featuring live sport. The menu goes well beyond ordinary pub fare, with an excellent of high-quality food and drinks. From light meals and snacks through to delicious stone-grill dining (including exotic fare such as kangaroo, as well as popular favourites such as Surf & Turf), there's something to suit every appetite. There are even children's meals for the little one.
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