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Celebrities and hungry mouths - Tom Newfield talks about Earl

Earl is one of the city’s trendiest eateries. Warm and light-filled with a simple menu, could this be your new hang-out? It’s time to come back and explore town – find your place.

When Nigella Lawson and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern choose your Christchurch restaurant, chances are you’re doing something right.

Aside from celebrity mouths and national restaurant accolades, it’s the hundreds of locals a night eating at Earl that puts a smile on Tom Newfield ‘s face.

The restauranteur opened Earl in December 2018, sitting at the heart of SALT District on Lichfield St.

“I’m definitely not one to boast, but we are quite proud of those achievements so far,” Newfield said.

Other developments under Newfield’s name include Welles St, Otto Delicatessen, a function space at the soon-to-open Welder on Welles St, and a rooftop bar atop the under-construction hotel at 163 Manchester St. He helped start up Stranges Lane and defined the vibe at Britomart in Auckland.

It definitely was quite quiet for a few years in Christchurch, but not anymore. There is a buzzy energy around at the moment, which is awesome to see in the central city.”

Tom Newfield - Earl

“It definitely was quite quiet for a few years in Christchurch, but not anymore,” he said.

“There is a buzzy energy around at the moment, which is awesome to see in the central city.”

Newfield said SALT District was thriving as office workers returned to the area, with the national headquarters of Kathmandu and a large Vodafone contingent nearby.

“Then there’s all the smaller guys and co-working spaces, which gives the city that really diverse vibe,” he said.

Newfield lived in an apartment at the top of Earl’s building for 18 months. He still lives within the four avenues, and said he rarely leaves the city centre.

It reminds me of living in Melbourne. There is so much to do, so much happening, and so many places to hang out,”

Tom Newfield - Earl

“It reminds me of living in Melbourne. There is so much to do, so much happening, and so many places to hang out,” he said.

“Every day I walk to work, my gym is right there, my supermarket is close by, it’s great. I’ll finish work at 8pm, don’t feel like going home, so I’ll pitstop on the way to grab a drink at OGB or somewhere else. It’s awesome to see the city becoming that, and I just love it.”

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