Craythorne's Hotel (Craythorne's Public House) is a unique suburban establishment situated in the heart of semi-rural Halswell, just ten minutes from Christchurch city centre. It is located on the main road to Akaroa
In addition to 12 hotel rooms, you are welcome at Craythornes Restaurant and Bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days per week.
Visit the Halswell Sports Bar where you can join the friendly locals, use our well appointed TAB and gaming room. Halswell Super Liquor is stocked to meet your every takeaway need. Join us in the Halswell Sports Bar, Tuesday Nights for our Quiz Night.
All our staff provide friendly and efficient service, where your every need is attended to ensure your stay is memorable.
1863 - On this site, a sod hut with thatched roof and dirt floor was opened as an ale house run by Mary and William Craythorne. In an annex, behind this building, William brewed a draught ale from a recipe he brought with him from England. Mary opened the business, known by locals as Mother Craythorne's pub.
1871 - Tom Mullin's bought the business for 720 pounds and later replaced the sod hut with a two-storey hotel. This survived as the Halswel Junction Hotel until 1954 when it was partially burnt down.
2011 - The present proprietors, Brian and Ina Hall, enhanced this historical site by reinstating the business as a hotel with 12 ensuite guest rooms.
2013 - The 150th or sesquicentennial anniversary of there being a pub on this site.
(Acknowledgement: Mr. G. Penney, he History of Halswell)