Neat spots for a scone
A nod to our British colonial history, the humble scone is synonymous with New Zealand hospitality and a staple of our café culture.
Eat & Drink
Here are some of the neatest local scone spots in Christchurch ....
371 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
Much like everything adorning the small cabinet of goodies at the much-loved Kadett cafe, the cheese scones are nothing short of delectable.
Served warm with butter and, in true Kadett style, a small bowl of perfectly piquant homemade tomato relish, the scones are a great role model for young scones everywhere. They’re not fiddly either – no herbs, spices, bacon or onion – just a good old fashioned cheesy-but-not-too-cheesy scone with a good crunchy shell and a soft inside waiting to be smothered in butter or zingy homemade relish – or both.
The scones, alongside a batch of their date counterparts (served with homemade jam, of course) are baked fresh each morning by the Kadett crew and are in hot demand so scone-seekers should move quickly to ensure they get their fix.
10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central
Crispy, cheesy exterior, fluffy, savoury centre and just a hint of fragrant finely sliced spring onion – only one bite needs to be consumed before it’s clear that Supreme Supreme knows what’s up in the scones department. This should really come as no surprise however, as much-loved city establishment Supreme Supreme seems to know what’s up in all departments.
Served warm with a classic Kiwi matchbox-sized tub of Tararua butter, these cheesy little gems are one way to make a good day even better. But make sure you’re improving that day in the morning – understandably, Supreme Supreme’s scones usually sell out by lunchtime as employees from nearby businesses clamber to scoop them up to accompany their morning coffee.
254 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
Like all the baking in the impressive cabinet at this stylish mid-town eatery, Unknown Chapter’s scones are from the recipe book of the owner’s mother. Served toasted with butter, the scones are also accompanied by a cheese wafer and micro greens. An impressive sight for arguably the most modest of baked treats.
Generously portioned, these homely creations are made on site where Unknown Chapter prepares all its other edibles, and even roasts its own coffee beans. Like all the other cafés visited, customers call ahead to make sure they won’t miss out on their scone. One man is such a devout dough lover he doesn’t even take a bag, and just walks out with his scone on his hand.
Grain Coffee & Eatery
19 Southwark Street, Christchurch Central
If you picture the quintessential cheese scone, it will look like those served at Grain. Rustically rounded with green flecks of chives, it is served in two perfectly toasted halves. With a crispy cheesey shell, the Grain scone strikes the right balance between chewy and fluffy. Its spongey centre comes from using two types of cheese and buttermilk says co-owner and baker Sophie Dewar, who also sticks to the classic Edmond’s accoutrement, cayenne pepper.
Baked fresh each morning, the doughy goods are often gone before lunchtime, with some customers even texting ahead to reserve their serving - not that you’d expect anything less at the pristine Southwark St café run by hospitality and coffee maestros. Scone aficionados can enjoy their doughy delight to takeaway, or sit amongst the fresh white, wood and exposed brick interior.
Made Espresso Bar
56 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central
The cumin seeds in this organic delight add a spicy kick to the overall wholesome taste. Constructed with organic spelt flour, butter and yoghurt, this scone lives up to the Made mantra of “honest, wholesome, simple”, and its this organic point of difference which owners and bakers Michelle Burns and Kate Bloomfield say brings scone lovers their way.
The petite espresso bar skirting the CBD is designed for customers on the go, and so is their signature scone. A nourishing take on the staple sweet treat, Made’s scones are not guilt-free, but can be taken away in recyclable packaging that will make you feel that way.