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People, Place & Culture at No5

A celebration of place, culture, and people is the philosophy behind the newly launched No5 Church Lane restaurant by The Imperium Luxury Collection, owners of Queenstown’s premium five -star establishments Eichardt’s Private Hotel, The Spire Hotel, The Grille by Eichardt’s, Eichardt’s Bar and the luxury yacht Pacific Jemm.

“The aim is to celebrate the diverse population of New Zealand and start a conversation around a more modern, inclusive cuisine by celebrating Māori cooking styles, techniques and indigenous New Zealand ingredients,” says No5 Church Lane executive chef Trent Watson.

No5 Church Lane is part of Queenstown’s s most awarded luxury boutique hotel The Spire and Trent says the restaurant offers an elegant and stylish hospitality experience with unsurpassed service.

“ Re-opening No5 Church Lane after three years of quiet contemplation and individual growth we have refined our ideas, combined our strengths and experimented with new flavour profiles to create a cohesive dining experience. We are fully influenced by the people of New Zealand and I like the idea of the melting pot concept as a young and growing country with so much culture and opportunity.”

The intimate dining venue and cocktail bar is a discerning spot for a sophisticated Queenstown night out. Both the lunch and dinner menus are designed as shared plates in a refined dining style where Trent and his restaurant team present dishes and chat with guests.

“We want to encourage conversation around the food we present while bringing more knowledge to our guests and sharing our unique heritage,” says Trent. “The food style is clean and minimal championing taste while being an authentic visual representation of foods from Aotearoa. It’s a stimulating food and wine experience.”

“I am focused on being as ecologically responsible as possible offering seasonal produce from local providers and acknowledging the incredible work done by these growers. Our team of chefs are well versed ensuring limited wastage and creating new, exciting items like syrups and condiments.”


No5 Church Lane has an enviable cocktail and beverage menu featuring selected fine champagnes and a beautifully curated wine list of New Zealand and Central Otago wines.

“ The beverage programme complements the food menu perfectly and we have spent an extensive period of time choosing some of our favourite and most unique New Zealand wines to create a cohesive overall experience,” says No5 Church Lane executive chef Trent Watson.

“We want to showcase locally grown wines and the experienced winemakers who  have a story to tell. Our philosophy behind the overall concept is a celebration of who and where we are in this unique part of the world where everything is constantly evolving.”