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One Good Horse

4_half star rating
22 reviews

Cuisine: New Zealand, Family, A La Carte, Steakhouse

6 Inwoods Rd
(The Turf)
Parklands
Christchurch City
03 383 0417

Hours:

  • Mon – Thur from 5pm
  • Fri from 4pm
  • Sat & Sun from 12 noon
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Children's Menu
    • Conference Facilities
    • Private Dining Room
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
    • Romantic Dining
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • Seating for: 180
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: No
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
  • Wi-Fi: None

Walking through the restaurant it’s obvious that this place is quite special. From the walls depicting shots of horses in their glory days, soda siphons lining the bars, vintage suitcases holding up the counters and bars, to a ceiling decorated in racebooks from as early as the 1920s.
It is this subtle yet stylish assortment of small things that has generated a unique vibe and made One Good Horse a destination in its own right.

Reminiscent of the jockey clubs of the 1930, One Good Horse is a place that reflects authenticity and familiarity.
The resulting ambiance is both warm and welcoming, with the Canterbury river stone fireplace, private plush red leather booths, both large & small tables and the private function rooms making the restaurant an ideal place to spend an evening out. Not only for a quick pub meal, but for a romantic dinner for two, a birthday bash, grandpa’s 90th or a family reunion. The restaurant can fit up to 140 – 160 patrons making it more than capable of dealing with anything you had in mind for that special occasion.

All food is served out of our new open style kitchen where guests can watch the kitchen staff in action.
Being in the spotlight certainly doesn’t stop the chef from putting on not just a great show, but fantastic meals to match.

22 Reviews for One Good Horse

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18th March 2013
5 star rating
Don’t let the car park fool you this is an excellent place to enjoy a meal. The service staff were really knowledgeable and professional, the decor intriguing and the food was super good. There were five of us and the fussy fish eaters thought their meals were great and I thought the chicken burger had the tastiest, juiciest, mouth watering amazing piece of chicken I have eaten this century! So nice to have a whole dining experience of wonderness.

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15th April 2014
4 star rating
I booked through Menu Mania but it pays to phone and check the next day as I did and surprise surprise they had not checked their emails and had no record of our booking.
We arrived 20 minutes early and were asked to wait in the bar, 20 minutes after our booked time a waitress approached us and apologized for the delay and when we asked for complimentary drinks she was quite happy to supply them.
The service overall was great, the food was average-good but it was apparent that there were a lot of people in the restaurant.
Would recommend the prawn twisters but not the loaf bread which had possibly been microwaved and was stodgy and hard as it cooled. Other meals had were the fish and chips, Cajun burger, Boss burger and the Lamb salad.
Eaton mess was the only dessert ordered and was disappointing – crisp meringue- not much cream-lots of juice and berries – where was the chewy meringue??
Overall a pleasant night but would probably choose another night of the week to go other than a Saturday.

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Chuck

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15th January 2014
5 star rating
Awesome atmosphere, with a lot of thought inducing decor from yesteryear horse racing. They also have a great range of meals and knowledgeable waiting staff.
Super friendly staff, combined with decent prices can’t be beat. Cheers

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Rhia

1

22nd December 2013
4 star rating
Great for work group and family booking, food is delicious and very generous portion. Fresh venue and welcoming staff. Thanks very much, definitely recommend.

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Amy M.

1

24th October 2013
5 star rating
I have dined at One Good Horse for both lunch and dinner on numerous occasions and love it. The menu has a great variety, is very well priced for the portion sizes and the staff are always very attentive. I love their outdoor area and the horse/racing theme as the decor is done very well. I don’t live in the area but feel it is definitely worth any travel to dine there.

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20th October 2013
5 star rating
Awesome personalised service. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Food was great. Prawn twisters were sooo good.
Excellent coffees too. Would definitely re visit. Free drink was a bonus for their birthday week. !! :)

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13th October 2013
4 star rating
When I lived in Christchurch I loved the place… cant wait to come back for the prawns :) soooooooo good!!

My partner hasn’t been so can’t wait to show it of to him

Visited November 2012

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Sam W.

4

29th August 2013
4 star rating
The staff are great, food is great love the prawn twister things.

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26th August 2013
4 star rating
Really enjoyed my meal The free dessert was a great bonus and the staff were just awesome very friendly and helpful.Just for the record you do the best side salad I have ever had…will definatly be returning and sugesting you to friends.

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14th June 2013
4 star rating
Well we took our two daughters 8 and 12 and our extended family inclduing our elderly parents. The interior was very cool .The kids loved drawing their horses. Service was faultless, food was varied, reasonably priced and fresh, and delicious! Impressed with the kids meals as they were fresh and a little more like wee meals than the standard hot dog or chicken nugget and chips!
We will definately be back again. Only fault would say it was a little noisey but was very busy!.

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Duncan

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30th May 2013
5 star rating
I absolutely love One Good Horse! My partner and I often go there, either by ourselves, with a child, or in a group. Very child friendly.

Fantastic & interesting decor, friendly & knowledgeable, happy staff (from what I’ve seen) I’m yet to fault it. Meals are of a generous portion for the price, consistent in quality (hat tip to the chefs out the back, whom I might add, always have a smile for you and seem genuinely pleased when thanked for a good meal)

I had the Goat Curry special a few weeks back – divine!

Keep up the good work, One Good Horse, I’ll be there this Sunday for a feed :)

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20th May 2013
5 star rating
I went with my family for a Birthday lunch on Sunday.

All family members enjoyed the experience and the food was exceptional.
I have health issues with gluten and my needs were met by the caring staff helping me make choices that my diet required.
Thank you

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12th May 2013
5 star rating
Our family group of 9 went to One Good Horse for lunch today – Mother’s Day. It was our first visit. What a treat! The fitout is exceptional. The service and food could not be faulted. The menu is clever as it caters for all tastes, including children. We will be back again as soon as possible. Hats off to whoever put it all together – it is a winner!

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23rd April 2013
5 star rating
Went to 1 Good Horse with a group of 4 ( all over 50). I picked the prawn twisters as a starter, followed by the pork hock. The prawn twisters were a great start to the meal. But then came the pork hock! In my view, everybody in the world should have the ability to try this :-). It was one of the best main course meals I have had. My best mate also had this and we were both salivating, looking at the plate. The meat fall off the bone and the taste was great!
The interaction, looking at the open grill was also a great talking point. Will be back!!!
Rob

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20th March 2013
5 star rating
I took my horse mad mother there for dinner tonight and it was great, great food great staff and didn’t cost too much. This was the 3rd time we have been there and we can’t wait to go back again. The choices of meals is great from healthy to not healthy lol.

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Allie

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28th February 2013
2 star rating
I was so impressed with One Good Horse. We used to come here with our kids when it was Woodpeckers and it was fine. The food is absolutely fantastic now! From the garlic bread through to the dessert, it was all wonderful. i had the prawn linguine and it was excellent, the brulee was fabulous. Our whole party was very impressed. Service was great, friendly and not intrusive. We will definitely be back soon. (20/02/13)

(28/02/13) And I did come back. And really wish I hadn’t. The food and service was as good as the first time we had been but when we were leaving I was stopped at the door and informed I hadn’t paid the full bill. I asked what hadn’t been paid for and was told a dessert and the main special of $40. I said we certainly had paid as I remembered seeing the special on the bill, and we had a voucher for dessert. I was asked who had been at the till, I couldn’t say as I hadn’t physically paid, so I went back to the table and picked up the docket to prove what had been paid. I was the informed by the woman at the till that she “didn’t appreciate the sarcasm”. I’m not sure how showing that I had paid is sarcastic but apparently at this restaurant it is. This totally ruined my night, I will never come back.

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E O.

40

19th February 2013
4 star rating
Went here for Valentines day and the atmosphere was nice with candles and changing lights. We were seated in a dimly light corner and it was all very romantic and there were enough spaces around the tables that we could have an intimate conversation without anyone overhearing us. It was a quiet and nice atmosphere.

The service was great and the staff were very pleasant. My partner had the steak with chips and salad, and he said that the steak was cooked perfectly and the chips with the gravy sauce was exceptional. I had the sicilian pizza, which I didn’t realise that it had more meat than expected and was quite spicy. But the base was very nice. If I knew it had that much meat I would’ve ordered a vegetarian or margarita pizza but nevertheless it was still an alright pizza if you like meat. We shared the creme brulee for dessert with poached fruit. The creme brulee was perfect and delicious while the poached fruit was apricot and had the essence of aniseed, which I didn’t like.

Overall it was a good place to dine especially since I have high expectation than usual for Valentine’s Day but One Good Horse was a fine choice and I will recommend and will be back. Worth the drive all the way to Parklands for this restaurant.

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26th January 2013
5 star rating
To anyone who has been disappointed from bad dining…. I strongly recommend the One Good Horse. Fantastic atmosphere, great food and brilliant staff. Really can’t say enough about the changes that you have made. Well done guys keep it up…. see you all again soon.

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18th January 2013
5 star rating
i went to one good horse last night after hearing from a mate last week that it was an experience of a life time.
so I took my partner along and we entered into what it seemed like a dreamworld for jockeys and horse lovers. saddles on the wall, pictures of old school races and so much life to the restaurant.
I had the prawn cocktail for entree and was delicious. the only negative was that i felt guilty for treating myself. service was very good. The ribs for my main was perfect and i would get it again when i go back. really good to see what woodpeckers was. and how it has changed to One Good Horse and how it has improved with the quality of the food and service. Top marks. would recommend One Good Horse to everyone.

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9th December 2012
5 star rating
Had a fantastic meal here today. Sat at the table right in front of the Chef – fascinating listening to the service!
We had the Seafood Chowder and Prawn Twists (prawns wrapped in filo, with Asian dipping sauce) for entree. That was followed by fish of the day and carbonara, with afogato and creme brulee for desert. Service was excellent and so was the food. Will definitely be going back, sooner rather than later.

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7th December 2012
1 star rating
No bar service, waited for 15 minutes for drink, wait staff just stare in dream like at roof, keep putting hand up to get drink, gave up in the end. Steak over done, chips cold, salad was bland and too much of it. Wouldn’t go back until they had bar service, 2 person table way too small.

Visited November 2012

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29th November 2012
4 star rating
Fabulous food, great atmosphere but very uncomfortable chairs. Suggest management look at getting some chairs for those with more than stick like proportions as the shape at the back of the chair digs into ones hips and my proportions are not overly ample!!

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