Church Hill food is all about Stewart Island and Southland and that is something we don’t need to apologise for, after all, we are surrounded by some of the best produce in the world.
When you combine great produce with a desire to deliver quality cuisine, in a quality setting, with friendly and personal service you get a restaurant like Church Hill.
We are very proud of where we have taken our restaurant and being boutique we only cater for a few guests an evening. This allows us to produce our food fresh to order.
Food should always have a story; for us that story starts and ends with "homemade". We have a personal connection to growing it, sourcing it, maybe it was caught by my uncle on the west coast or maybe we waded in the cold waters to gather it ourselves.
We change our menu regularly to reflect what is available on the day. Sometimes things are not available for seasonal reasons, or the weather when it comes to fishing, or maybe we run out and await more, so please be aware that the listed items may differ from what is available during your visit.
Our daily menus will feature a selection of the following local items:
Southland Lamb and Beef
West Coast Whitebait
This season we have embarked on growing produce for the restaurant using hydroponics. This has allowed us to have a greater range of fresh produce as the controlled environment of hydroponic growing makes it easier to compensate for otherwise difficult conditions on the island.
We have converted 2 of our 5 tunnel houses into hydroponic setups and so far everything is going very good. We have strawberries that have already ripened and they taste great. Watercress is growing well from the initial cutting we took from the product we were provided from the wholesalers. This will mean our Titi potstickers will be made from local birds and homegrown watercress.
Because we only cater for a few diners each evening we can produce enough product to meet much our needs; when and as required.
This is a wonderful feeling. Being able to serve food we create from scratch, from produce we have also grown is something we have always tried to achieve.