New eatery for Tinwald complex

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Greg King with restaurant manager Susan Urquhart.

Smart, new Tinwald restaurant Alluvial has opened its doors for business.

Owner Greg King says the restaurant name aligns well with the fertile Canterbury Plains.

His new offering was about “good food, good service and a relaxed atmosphere”.

The menu would be seasonal and feature New Zealand sourced ingredients.

Mr King said everyone was invited to enjoy the dining experience and a children’s menu was also offered.

Patrons were also invited to drop in for a drink at the bar and could enjoy entrees with it.

The winter menu features staples like blue cod, dry aged ribeye, lamb and vegetable options, while summer options will be lighter and in keeping with the season.

Mr King said the colours chosen for his restaurant were warm and inviting.

There was seating for 65 in three distinct zones and summer dining for 20 outside.

Mr King, who also owns the Tinwald Tavern, Tinwald motels and bottlestore, said Alluvial offered a different meal to the tavern.

“The previous Stables restaurant had a similar menu to the tavern, but what we have now is a bit of a step up.”

He and complex landlord Ashburton Trust have invested heavily in external and internal upgrades in recent months.

He had re-purposed much of the former Stables restaurant area into a conference and function centre that would be ready by the end of the month.

The self-contained area made better use of the space and catered for up to 120 people. Forty staff are employed across his businesses, including 10 now at Alluvial.

Alluvial is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm.

– Mick Jensen