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Tired of the standard weekend brunch options? Down at The ‘Hof we’re keeping brunch real with our awesome new Instagram-worthy Breakfast in Bread offerings.

Taking a delicious sourdough loaf baked especially for you by the team at UNA Bakery, we cram it full of some of the tastiest breakfast fillings known to man, then lightly toast to create the ultimate hangry-and-hangover-curing breakfast of all time.

It’s the latest creation from our culinary genius/executive chef Fred Wiesehutter; choose from three hunger-busting flavour symphonies:

  • Big Breakfast – a powerhouse of sausage, mushroom, bacon, cheese and egg;
  • Salmon – a heavenly combo of delicately smoked salmon enveloped with sour cream, spinach, cheese and egg; and
  • Vegetarian – a hearty union of kumara, pumpkin, pesto, spinach, broccoli, olives, cheese and egg.

They’re served whole and hot from the oven, slice through the golden crust and commence feasting (after posting envy-inducing social media snap, of course) on the city’s finest gourmet creation.

What’s more, we’ve also created a delectable partner in brunch crime with our tricked-up new Bloody Mary list, which includes the legendary classic alongside honey, feijoa and kiwifruit options for those who like to mix things up, or ease the pain of the previous night’s indulgence.

Grab your Breakfast in Bread down at The ‘Hof on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm – and start the day (or afternoon) right!


Belgian Beer Café Torenhof will be hosting a spectacular six-course wine-matched degustation dinner featuring the first vintage of Brent Marris’ Leefield Station and Marlborough’s finest fare in August.

One for gourmands and wine lovers alike, our exclusive pairing from, and celebration of, one of New Zealand’s favourite wine regions on Saturday 5 August offers the chance to taste the fruits of renowned winemaker Brett Marris (of Marisco Vineyard’s The Ned and The King’s Series) first release of wines under the Leefield Station label, including the multi award winning 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris from this exciting new winery and working farm nestled in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley.

Lucky diners will be able to experience an exquisite flight of premium wines across the entire Marisco brand portfolio alongside the new additions from Leefield Station, expertly matched to a unique and sensational seasonal menu created by our legendary executive chef Friedrich Wiesehutter.

This not-to-be-missed evening of decadence, care of Marlborough’s finest drops and a six-course gastronomic odyssey, includes:

Arrival wine: The Ned Pinot Rose 2016

First course: Amchoor and fenugreek marinated lamb rump with creamed leek and pickled tomato
Wine match: The Ned Pinot Noir 2016

Second course: Ginger and garlic marinated Marlborough salmon on soba noodle salad with sesame lime dipping sauce
Wine match: Leefield Station Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Third course: Sorbet

Fourth course: Beef cheek braised in red wine with shallots and sweet roasted pumpkin puree
Wine match: King’s Wrath Pinot Noir 2016

Fifth course: Baked grape ricotta, honey and walnut tart with grappa Anglaise and French vanilla bean ice-cream
Wine match: The King’s A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sixth course: Duo of Marlborough cheese with fig jam
Wine match: Leefield Station Pinot Gris 2016

In a coup for wine enthusiasts, we’ll also have Marisco Vineyard’s Sales Manager Tim Severne on hand to talk through each wine and masterful food match, provide tasting notes, answer any questions and share the back story of this exciting new addition to the New Zealand wine scene and other stories from the Marisco Vineyards.

With this being one of the city’s finest degustation dinners, and given this is a strictly limited capacity dinner, we urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.

The six-course degustation dinner with Marisco Vineyards and Leefield Station is on Saturday, 5 August at 7pm. Tickets are $125 per person.


Contact the team at Belgian Beer Café Torenhof on (03) 377 1007 or to secure your spot.

Belgian Beer Café Torenhof
20 Durham Street, Sydenham
(03) 377 1007

* Terms and conditions apply, Jan Primus Promotions.


Time to lock in those Christmas dining plans to avoid disappointment! Down at The ‘Hof we know that things can get hectic at the end of the year, which is why we’ve released our early Santa offer so you can cruise through the silly season. The ‘Hof is perfect for hosting Christmas parties, functions and end-of-year celebrations, with our awesome set menu options providing a European spin on the classic Chrissie fare.

Choose from our one of our three great-value and super tasty set menus – Christmas Set Menu #1 (from $50pp), Christmas Set Menu #2 (from $55pp) and Christmas Set Menu #3 (from $60pp) – to enjoy a variety of seasonal treats including Christmas platters to share, maple-roasted turkey, char-grilled port-wine-marinated beef fillet, mustard and clementine slow-roasted ham and more, along with some mouth-watering dessert options. See our set menus in our Events section for more.

Contact the team at Belgian Beer Café Torenhof on (03) 377 1007, or online here to make your booking.

See you down at The ‘Hof!


We’re taking the chill out of autumn down at The ‘Hof by adding an epic new line-up of stunning dishes to our classic Belgian favourites, alongside an awesome new four-course beer or wine matched degustation menu on Friday and Saturday nights for just $65 per person! And to celebrate, we’re giving you the chance to win a table for eight at our legendary annual Oktoberfest Degustation Dinner, valued at $760*.

Our tricked up new menu (see full menu here) features executive chef Friedrich Wiesehutter’s latest culinary creations, including The ‘Hof’s famous steamed mussels infused with a creamy Dijon mustard and mushroom sauce, the meltingly-tender slow-roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary potatoes and greens, a feisty spiced tahini-marinated succulent chicken served with cumin-scented buttery mash and baby carrots, and Fred’s Asian-inspired delicacy of quick-fried egg noodles with root vegetables, greens, fresh ginger and hoisin sauce.

What’s more, every diner who orders a main meal on a Friday or Saturday evening, or enjoys our brilliant value four-course degustation menu pairing four tantilising courses expertly matched to 4 beers or wines (see full menu here) to April 29 will be in with the chance to win a table for eight at our upcoming Oktoberfest Degustation Dinner, with no limit on the number of entries. This amazing prize, valued at $760, scores a table at what is quite rightly regarded as a highlight on the Christchurch foodie calendar, which features a four-course, specially-prepared feast that brilliantly pairs four classic Belgium-inspired courses with your choice of premium beers or wines.

One of the city’s favourite function/celebration destinations (check out our variety of function menus for all occasions [Set Menus 1, 2 & 3] and tasty Christmas offerings [Set Menus 1, 2 & 3]) The ‘Hof is also great for a quiet mid-week dinner, special occasion evening dining, or simply for traversing our extensive library of some of the world’s finest beers (sans passport!). We’re big on making everyone feel welcome in our delightfully anachronistic 1920s-style Belgian-theme ‘brown bar’, where you’ll find Belgian beer paraphernalia and exceptional cuisine (including some of New Zealand’s favourite frites/fries) complemented by our extensive range of artisan, Abbey, Trappist and Lambic beers from traditional brewers, which join sensational wine and cocktail options behind our classic marble-topped bar.

Contact the team at Belgian Beer Café Torenhof on (03) 377 1007, or online here to secure your table.

See you down at The ‘Hof!


Happy New Year from the team at The ‘Hof! We hope your 2017/Year of the Rooster/Hof is off to a cracking start. We celebrated the start of the year and warmer weather by dropping our awesome new summer menu – if you haven’t been in to try it yet you need to add this culinary tour de force to your gastronomic to do list ASAP! Fred has been weaving his culinary alchemy to create a line-up of tasty new dishes to try (think summer crunch salad, steamed mussels Creole, an epic big breakfast and decadent Belgian Chocolate Sundae) that’s perfect for the hot nights and sunny afternoons (see the full menus below). Speaking of hot nights, Valentine’s Day is coming, and we’re giving all couples that pre-books and dines with a main meal each on February 14 a FREE decadent chocolate dessert to share – lock in the love now to take advantage of this sweet ending offer! We’re also opening on Waitangi Day (Monday, 6 February) from 12 noon, and, in true ‘Hof fashion there’s NO surcharge – that would just be un-Kiwi (and un-Belgian)!



Garlic Baguette with parmesan $10.00
Trio of Croquettes (6), beef, spicy sausage, mushroom $16.90
Homemade Meatballs smothered in basil tomato sauce w baked wedges $16.90
Salt and Pepper Squid w chilli dipping sauce $18.90


Summer Crunch Salad w mushrooms, green beans, cherry tomato, grilled bacon, with orange balsamic dressing+ $23.40
Caesar Salad w split baby romaine, bacon, Parmesan cheese, anchovies, croutons $22.70 (with grilled chicken $24.80)
Mushroom and Zucchini Fettuccine w herb pesto cream sauce+ $22.00
Peri Peri Roasted Chicken Breast Burger w salad, fresh tomato and fries+ $23.50
Vegetarian Grilled Mushrooms w roasted onion jam and summer salad+ $24.80
Escargot Mussel Grilled Platter w herbed garlic butter+ $26.40
Po Pei Grilled Mussel platter w spinach, cheese, bacon+ $26.40
1kg Pot Steamed Mussels Mariniere in white wine, garlic, leek, celery & thyme+ $27.50
1kg Pot Steamed Mussels Creole w hot sauce, oregano, garlic+ $27.50
Belgian-Style Sausage w potato & spinach mash, braised red cabbage, sage jus+ $28.90
Baked Peri Peri Fish of the Day w crusted potatoes and green salad+ $36.50
Honey & Sesame-Glazed Chicken Fillet over roasted vegetables w orange sauce+ $35.60
Citrus & Parsley Braised Lamb Shank over garlic mash w stir fried vegetables+ $36.00
Grilled 300gm Ribeye Steak w garlic butter or Bernaise, petit salad and fries+ $37.50


Baked Waffle with berry compote $12.90
Baked Waffle with grilled banana and caramel $12.90
Belgian Chocolate Sundae+ $13.50

+ indicates that dish can be done as gluten free

(Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm)

Poached Eggs w Salmon or Bacon, served on a toasted muffin, topped w hollandaise sauce $17.50
Poached Eggs served w spinach and mushroom on a toasted muffin, topped w hollandaise sauce $17.50
Mushrooms On Toast, pan fried w garlic butter, hearty relish on grain toast $16.90
Eggs cooked to your liking, served on toast and relish $14.50
Belgian Big Breakfast of 2 fried eggs, toast, sausage, mushroom, tomato, hash brown and a side of tomato relish $23.50
Mushroom, Bacon Omelette w brown bread and petit salad $17.50
Baked Waffle with berry compote OR grilled banana and caramel $12.90
Belgian Chocolate Sundae $13.50


Petit salad $7
Roasted mushroom, or bacon, or roasted potato, or egg, or tomato $4.50

Xmas Set Menus

The ‘Hof is perfect for hosting Christmas parties, functions and end-of-year celebrations, with our awesome set menu options providing a European spin on the classic Chrissie fare. Plus, every booking of 10 or more in December (dining Monday – Thursday) puts you in the chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Prezzy Cards! Treat your team to a delicious two or three course set menu.

Set Menu Options

Charcuterie Platter
Selection of smoked and cured meats, seafood, crumbed mussels, cheese with crispy bread and dips

Main Fare
Seasonal fish with tapenade fresh herb butter, or

Chargrilled beef rib-eye with red wine jus, or

Peach and ginger glazed Christmas ham off the bone with bourbon jus, or

Pan roasted lamb leg with parmesan and herb crust with rosemary demi-glaze

All main fares served with seasonal vegetables, minted peas and new potatoes

Chocolate brownie with strawberry ice-cream, or

Set vanilla pudding with warm berries and Cointreau, or

Trio of ice cream with berry coulis and fresh cream

Two Course: Entrée & Main $49.50 per person

Three Course: Entrée, Main & Dessert $59.50 per person

Vegetarian main option is available – contact Mark for any specific requests.

Booking your seat

Contact the team at Belgian Beer Café Torenhof on (03) 377 1007 or

Belgian Beer Café Torenhof
20 Durham Street, Sydenham
(03) 377 1007

Meet: Mark McGuinness – Director


Hi Mark – Great to have the new Belgian Beer Café up and running – how are you enjoying having Leffe back? 

Yes Leffe was absent from Christchurch for over two years until we reopened and the sales of it almost doubled when we finally had it back , I did help with personal consumption towards this.

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