Red Eight Cafe at Portstone

Monday8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Sunday9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

465 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch

03-389 5960

Red Eight, the much-loved Kaiapoi cafe, has blossomed in a new spot at the picturesque Portstone Garden Centre. The idea for the collaboration began as a bit of a running laugh between the owner of Portstone Garden Centre (a Red Eight regular in Kaiapoi) and Stephanie Reeves (owner-operator of Red Eight) but it soon became clear some ideas are worth nurturing and so, here we are.

Red Eight at Portstone is easy to locate once inside – simply follow your nose. The smell of freshly baked goods will bring you to their place in no time. Nestled at the back of the garden centre, Red Eight at Portstone has created a beautiful space maximising the relationship between themselves and the garden centre setting. With the help of bi-fold doors, you can be in the sunny courtyard, amongst the sculptures and flaxes, sipping your flat white. A pop of colour comes courtesy of an exotic jungle print wallpaper complete with cheeky parrots.  

You can expect to find the same top-quality ingredients and incredible flavours customers have come to know and love in Kaiapoi. A brunch menu is served on the weekends, think classics like eggs benedict on an agria rosti, or if sweets are more your thing enjoy one of Red Eight’s famous Lemon Meringue Tarts (these sell out most days, so get in quick!). Everything you see is lovingly handmade from scratch – even all the pestos, sauces, caramelised onions. 

So it’s no surprise, the cabinet is a sight to behold. Row upon row of mouth-watering options to choose from, such as ginger slice, bacon and egg pie, corn fritters, caramel slice, scones. They even make a daily pizza which you can buy by the slice. How do you choose when everything looks so delicious? Well, secretly (or not-so-secretly now), Stephanie wants everyone to have this dilemma. If you make it hard for people to choose they’ll have to come back. And it’s true, you’ll be coming back again and again and again.  

Words by Kelly Tapper & Photography by Nancy Zhou

465 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch

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