Words Victoria Tait
Photography Nick McLean
Pepperberry Café & Florist is the vision of mother-and-daughter team, Trish and Letty. The combination of a florist and café was something they had always dreamed of undertaking together. Letty was working as a florist in the North West of England, being inundated with inspiration. Upon returning to Christchurch a few years later, and with Trish’s outstanding culinary skills, the café and florist came to life in November 2011.
“We wanted to bring something a little different to Christchurch, a warm and inviting café with excellent homemade food and romantic natural flowers at the forefront,” explains Trish.
Open bright and early, Pepperberry is the perfect place to start the day, with a strong, hot Hummingbird coffee. The extensive breakfast/brunch menu features seasonal fare and the popular classics such as warm, fluffy blueberry pancakes with lemon curd. The cabinet is always full and has an ever-changing range of salads, quiches, and frittatas along with the daily ‘blackboard’ special – “The hot croissant with ham off the bone, scrambled eggs and Parmesan hollandaise literally flies out the door!,” says Trish. “Our customers – and us – love that all our food, even the relishes and sauces is made here, on site, in our humble kitchen.”
The café also offers a fantastic catering service to cover every need – from feeding hungry bridesmaids on wedding-day morning, to workplace lunch shouts and corporate meetings.
Letty, the in-house qualified florist, has many years in the floral industry in New Zealand, Japan and the UK. Her style is an eclectic mix of old and new, with a fresh and innovative approach. Ordering is easy via the website, or customers can grab a coffee while they wait for Letty to create a bouquet on the spot. A gift for a friend, weddings, corporate flowers, whatever you need – Pepperberry can do it all. “We like to think of ourselves as a one-stop-shop,” says Letty. “Do think of us this upcoming Mother’s Day. We make up lovely gift hampers to spoil your mum – with that includes bags of home-made sweet treats and a pretty posy of flowers.”
Pepperberry Café & Florist is located at 919 Colombo Street, on the corner of Bealey Ave, and is open from 7am-3.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 7.30am-2pm Saturdays. To order flowers easily online, or for more information on catering, please visit www.pepperberry.co.nz