Cuisine: European, Share Plates, Wine Bar
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #13 of 98 restaurants in Christchurch

A modern metropolitan restaurant with an all-day buzz and a local vibe, Earl has brought a unique brand of fine yet casual dining to Christchurch.

The light-filled dining room with high ceilings and a colour palette of soothing neutrals makes it ideal for lingering over seasonal salads, house-made pasta and antipasti.

The food is inspired by coastal European culture. Expect produce-driven dishes geared toward fabulous wine and flowing conversation. Enjoy mouthwatering meat dishes including crumbed pork cutlets, nibbles such as radicchio & blue cheese tartine and fish so fresh it tastes like a kiss from the sea.

A tight, well-considered list of beers, sodas and spirits allows the superb wine cellar to take centre stage. Expect a weekly changing rotation with a global focus.

With the ability to be both intimate and convivial, Earl works as well for dates as it does for big groups.

*Not valid with any other offer, does not include specials or items from the Hors D'oeurves section on the dinner menu
**Tables for evening reservations are reserved until 7:30pm at which time you are welcome to move to the bar area.

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Earl
128-130 Lichfield Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Tuesday 12pm - 10pm
Wednesday 12pm - 10pm
Thursday 12pm - 10pm
Friday 12pm - 10pm
Saturday 12pm - 10pm

Phone: 03 365 1147
Website: www.earl.co.nz

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Earl
Cuisine: European, Share Plates, Wine Bar
Mains: $25 - $35

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Becky Malone

Had a lovely lunch at Earl, one of the best meals out I've had in Christchurch. Service was great, polite yet personable. Loved the complimentary sparkling water! Food was delicious, recommend the fish crudo and organic winter leaves salad. Fit out of the restaurant is also very tasteful, it feels warm and welcoming with a vibe almost like visiting a friend's home for lunch. Highly recommend and I'll definitely be returning :)

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Emma Louisa Petersen

What a wonderful first first table experience! Earl had a wonderful rotating wine list, with lovely staff who knew their wines well and offered us a tasting before we selected our drop of choice! This was paired beautifully with our market fish, mushroom and goats cheese gnocchi, and warm winter salad of roasted brusse, sprouts, beans and hazelnuts! Perfect for pre-show dinner on a rainy night in Christchurch! Xx

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Kay Liversidge

Earls was a great experience we were 3 friends catching up for lunch and it was our first visit to Earls when we first looked at the menu we were not sure if it was the place for us, however we decided to go with it and what amazing food. We all tried different dishes we wouldn't normally order and they were all equally delicious we had an amazing catch up in extremely comfortable. modern surroundings with excellent service

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Jane Gray

LOVED the food. We had the first four sharing plates and the chips. Couldn't leave anything, it was too good, but we were stuffed to the gunnels afterwards. Couldn't manage dessert - next time. I would say, get 2 fish skewers (there is one per plate) and drop one other choice.
We dealt with two wait staff and they were both fantastic. Their interactions with us enhanced our evening out - young enthusiastic New Zealanders with just the right amount of sass but not too familiar.
Only two days later, I've already recommended Earl to several friends and family and we've planned our next visit!

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If you hadn't been to EARL - do yourself a favour and go!
It is honestly now my favourite restaurant in Christchurch. I've been for lunch and dinner twice, and everytime has been superb.
The atmosphere is light, warm and fresh. The service is friendly and polished, they really take good care of you and its a very relaxing dining experience. The food is always just right - a perfect balance of flavours. Everything cooked perfectly, with lots of vibrant colours and lovely greens. Must haves are the Betty Riesling and the chips! Love it! So happy Earl is on the First Table <3

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Amy Burgess

Excellent lunch at Earl. All the other positive reviews were bang on - the place looks great, the service was fantastic and the food was incredible. Can’t wait to come back very soon.

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Was a lovely new modern restaurant. The food was really awesome and the service was of a very high standard.

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My new favorite restaurant in Christchurch. Have already been back again.... The bread to start melted in mouth, the Hors D'oeurves were amazing, exactly as explained bite sized but a good way to start the meal, I had the steak for main and i tried to savor every mouthful - So good. Great wine selection too! Loved it.

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Lai Nguyen

The staff were so welcoming upon arrival. When ordering the food, our waiter was knowledgeable of both food and wine. My friend loved the discussion over the local wines which were provided on the day! Tino Pai on the enthusiasm! We ordered the platter, trust the chef salad, the ceviche like fish on a mini tortilla and the beetroot salad. Everything was divine. Great effort team

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Dion Manson

We came to Earl serendipitously, we were going to book a different restaurant for lunch but accidentally booked Earl instead. It was a mistake that we were very grateful for as my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to going back. The menu was focused and simple but the flavor contained was very much like a firework going off all over your taste buds. The wine menu is ever changing and we enjoyed sharing and trying different wines under Megs passionate guidance.

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Amy Throsby

My friend and I dined at Earl for the first time last night. The service was absolutely fabulous, very friendly and informative regarding the wine and food menus. The quality of the food was a definite 10/10, a wee hint of affordable fine dining. We both agreed that we’d happily return and spread the good word. Thank you for the amazing experience :)

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Anisa Kazemi

WOW! Hands down, the best new place in town! Both food and service were top notch! If calories weren't a thing, I'd be eat Earl's Chocolate Cremeux for every single meal of every single day of my life! Unbelievably yum!

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Meredith Wain

Amazing! This was my first visit to Earl and it certainly won't be my last, from the moment i walked in the door I was impressed with the stylish decor and open plan dining area with a view of the kitchen. The service was top notch and the food absolutely sumptuous!! I had the free-range chicken breast which was so moist and tender and beautifully complimented with spring greens and a wonderful walnut sauce. I can't wait to return and work my way through the rest of the menu.

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Wow and wow ! 5 stars all the way. Can not fault a thing, food, service, the whole lot was amazing !!! Can’t wait to go back!!! Stunning

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Sally McRae

Not what we expected - guess we were expecting more of a cafe/bistro but this was fine dining with amazing ingredients, beautifully presented, knowledgable staff and brilliant service. Everyone loved their food and drinks were well thought out as well. Brilliant night thanks.

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Friendly and attentive staff who were well versed with the wine and menu. Explained everything really well and took our orders without needing to write anything down. Enjoyed complimentary bread. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Chocolate creameux was to die for! Very nice atmosphere and decor. Highly recommend

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Earl was an amazing experience from the moment we walked in. It’s clean and fresh decor Equally matched by the fabulous food we ordered.
It’s great to see complimentary bread And this was a great accompaniment with the starters.
We had the antipasto as a starterand this was ample for the four of us. Our mains of fresh snapper served with green beans and salad was beautifully cooked to perfection.
The crumbed pork chop and gnocchi also pretty amazing.
A great place and definitely recommend to all,

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We decided to leave no culinary stone unturned by sharing the bucatini, chicken breast, chef's creation, fish crudo and chocolate cremeux. There wasn't a single weak link to be found, the food was flawless and service was top notch. Two cocktails and one coffee later, there's no doubt we'll be back to add the burger and beef to our 'conquered' list.

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We were very impressed with the food and service and will be back. The food really was delicious and the open clean interior was very welcoming and comfortable. Friendly helpful staff.

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Excellent all round experience!

Meals were beautiflly presented, well balanced flavours and service was exceptional.

Staff are knowledgeable on both food and wine and very attentive.

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Erica Locke

Fantastic food (can't rave enough about how good it was), really nice surroundings and great service/ wine recommendations!! I hope to return next time I am visiting Christchurch again (just so I can order that gnocchi again).

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Laura McIntosh

Lovely evening! Such lovely service! Very accommodating, with excellent food to back it up. Could not have asked for better. A refreshingly slick operation. Will be back and comes highly recommended.

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Matt Vannoort

Excellent food and friendly service. We ordered a few hors d’oeuvres and the steak and gnocchi for mains, plus a dessert each. Well portioned meals left us feeling just right. Nice craft beers available. Would definitely return!!

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Cathy Carter

What a wonderful dining experience. Fresh and inviting ambience and decor, beautiful fresh flowers, light and bright and sparkling clean and yes even towelling hand towels in the bathrooms. The food was to die for. Fresh, vibrant plates with wonderful herbs for subtle and elegant flavours. Not too many choices on the menu to confuse and everything works well together whether you want to share plates or keep yours all to yourself. Fabulous wine list and helpful staff to advise on choice of wines. We went for lunch and now I can't wait to go back for dinner. Excellent thank you Earl!!

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Andrew Little

Lovely environment, great service and the food is yumbles. 'Sharing plates' are the way to go... wonderful fresh ingredients cooked to perfection and the salads are a great accompaniment... and if you've got room the desserts won't disappoint, a fantastic way to end a most enjoyable outing! Not a big menu just the right amount of options done well.

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Amazing, the man who served us was so knowledgeable and friendly. The water was topped up all night which was lovely. Atmosphere perfect, love that you can see into the kitchen. They don't take your order all at once so after starters you can decide what main you feel like then decide if you could go for more. Loved that. Wine was amazing. Food was quick, great quality and so tasty. 100% recommend.

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Russell Dolauta

Had a great breakfast here with friends. Would definitely recommend this place. The foods were exquisitely prepared and presented. The staff was so lovely and accommodating.

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Mark Somers

Cool venue, great food and service.

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Anne-Marie Grigg

Tasty food great selection will definitely go again

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Christine Manson

Had an absolute blast at Earl, Megan gave fantastic recommendations for wine. She even matched wines to the 'Dine Like an Earl' (the trust a chef menu). Staff were friendly and happy to give recommendations. Cheers to the team

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Beautiful meal and surroundings great staff and service

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The food was superb. The hors d oeuvres were lovely and a great way to have a small helping of a variety on offer. Wait staff were helpful and would definitely come back here for dinner. Thoroughly recommend it.

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Such a great dining experience. Amazing food, a great setting, a unique wine list, and friendly staff. We will be back!

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Geoff Hughes

Great food and ambiance. Service started slow but improved. Thoroughly recommended.

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I treated my friend to a birthday brunch at Earl. We both agreed it was one of the most beautiful meals we had ever shared. The food and flavours were great and the service was impeccable. I would highly recommend Earl's.

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Wonderful food and service

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Christine Smith

WOW! Earl is amazing. It's such a treat to have another wonderful restaurant in Christchurch with fantastic food and decor. We dined on complimentary house-baked bread, the Tartine and Confit Leeks, and for the mains we both had the Butchers Steak (the Side of crisp winter greens was amazing) , and Tarte Tatin for dessert. All were absolutely delicious, well presented, and left us wanting to return soon. Service was excellent, however, our Scottish waitress spoke a little too fast and left my partner and I asking each other "What did she say?" after she left. We did have to ask her to repeat things a few times.

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Absolutely delightful
Great service on a busy day
Wonderful fresh food innovative and beautifully plated
Will definately recommend and be back
Andrea

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The service here is never anything short of exceptional. My dining partner and I ordered 2 hors d'oeurves, 2 items from the share plates, a pasta and a dessert and managed to incorporate cheese into every single thing consumed apart from the delicious drinks - my kind of meal! The buffalo mozzarella was a stand out, and went down just as well with a cucumber tonic as it did with a glass of Sav.

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 Kiwa

The food was different but pretty mean. Service was very friendly and accommodating. The restaurant itself had a very relaxed atmosphere and had some really cool art on the walls.

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Juliette Phillipson

Great atmosphere and decor. Really liked the restaurant and the staff were all very kind and helpful. The food was mostly delicious, I particularly enjoyed the cauliflower dish. I was slightly disappointed with the vegetarian pasta dish as it lacked any real flavour but otherwise a great night. Thank you.

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Lovely atmosphere, service and food

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Samo Kozlevčar

Slightly slow service, but extraordinary food! Definitely coming back. Thanks!

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Becky Miller

The food, atmosphere and service was amazing. Would definitely recommend Earl to everyone. The mussels and clams were beautifully cooked as was the steak and fish for main main course.

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Becky Malone

Had a lovely lunch at Earl, one of the best meals out I've had in Christchurch. Service was great, polite yet personable. Loved the complimentary sparkling water! Food was delicious, recommend the fish crudo and organic winter leaves salad. Fit out of the restaurant is also very tasteful, it feels warm and welcoming with a vibe almost like visiting a friend's home for lunch. Highly recommend and I'll definitely be returning :)

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Georgia Allen

Wonderful service and great tasty food

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Olwyn Palmer

Burger was good. Antipasti was very ordinary.

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Pauline Berryman

We loved everything about our first experience at Earl. Loved the food, its presentation, the patient and attentive service, the layout of the restaurant, being able to see and smell the food being cooked. The location was central and easy to get to and the cost was awesome. Definitely a return visit on the cards.

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Esther Ho

Awesome experience! First class food n services. Highly recommended.

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Superb!

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Emma Louisa Petersen

What a wonderful first first table experience! Earl had a wonderful rotating wine list, with lovely staff who knew their wines well and offered us a tasting before we selected our drop of choice! This was paired beautifully with our market fish, mushroom and goats cheese gnocchi, and warm winter salad of roasted brusse, sprouts, beans and hazelnuts! Perfect for pre-show dinner on a rainy night in Christchurch! Xx

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Mark Somers

Cool place to go for a meal. Great flavours and presentation-loved dessert and really loved the location.
Very much enjoyed

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Aishling Foley

Food and service were great will definitely return

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Karen Law

Our lunch at Earl was very enjoyable, great service & delicious food in a nice setting. We were very impressed and will definitely be back!

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Great food in a cool place.

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Kay Liversidge

Earls was a great experience we were 3 friends catching up for lunch and it was our first visit to Earls when we first looked at the menu we were not sure if it was the place for us, however we decided to go with it and what amazing food. We all tried different dishes we wouldn't normally order and they were all equally delicious we had an amazing catch up in extremely comfortable. modern surroundings with excellent service

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Jane Gray

LOVED the food. We had the first four sharing plates and the chips. Couldn't leave anything, it was too good, but we were stuffed to the gunnels afterwards. Couldn't manage dessert - next time. I would say, get 2 fish skewers (there is one per plate) and drop one other choice.
We dealt with two wait staff and they were both fantastic. Their interactions with us enhanced our evening out - young enthusiastic New Zealanders with just the right amount of sass but not too familiar.
Only two days later, I've already recommended Earl to several friends and family and we've planned our next visit!

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Courtney Bennett

Great service from engaging and invested staff, and delicious interesting flavours on the plate. All in a beautifully styled setting. Highly recommend on all fronts

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If you hadn't been to EARL - do yourself a favour and go!
It is honestly now my favourite restaurant in Christchurch. I've been for lunch and dinner twice, and everytime has been superb.
The atmosphere is light, warm and fresh. The service is friendly and polished, they really take good care of you and its a very relaxing dining experience. The food is always just right - a perfect balance of flavours. Everything cooked perfectly, with lots of vibrant colours and lovely greens. Must haves are the Betty Riesling and the chips! Love it! So happy Earl is on the First Table <3

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Kiki Wells

Great service, delicious food and a chill vibe. Would definitely recommend.

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Andrée Callaghan

Wonderful lunch at Earl in the cosy booth. Food was delicious and service was great and not too over the top

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Antoinette Savill

We arrived expecting the restaurant to be empty and without atmosphere. So we were delighted that there were other people dining and the atmosphere was good with enjoyable music, a busy kitchen to watch and delicious smells wafting across to us of freshly baked breads and of garlic. This was the perfect start to a great evening out in Christchurch.

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Stephanie Stevens

My husband and I loved our experience at Earl! Superb food, service and atmosphere. Thanks team for a very enjoyable evening ♥️

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Amy Burgess

Excellent lunch at Earl. All the other positive reviews were bang on - the place looks great, the service was fantastic and the food was incredible. Can’t wait to come back very soon.

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Victoria Eaton

Earl has a fun setting with open views into the kitchen. Service was great food was delicious!!

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Kowhai Buchanan

Food was delicious

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Jill Yu

Very healthy food

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Stanley Chung

Delicious. Aim to over order as portions are on the smaller side but you will still be satisfied. Thought was given connecting the appetisers, mains and dessert. All was beautifully balanced and even matched to the drinks. Beautiful restaurant and food.

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Raewyn Van Den Akker

Our third time at Earl, our favourite restaurant, fabulous food, such beautiful combinations and flavours put together. Great staff also, Megan even had our bottle of wine out waiting for us, so it wasn't too chilled. Now there's service, and a great memory. Thanks Megan.

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Rachael Hutchinson

We had a great time at Earl - a lovely restaurant, with comfy seats and trendy décor. Service was very friendly but a little too slow at times - our desserts were quite a wait.

We loved the complimentary bread with delicious smoked butter, and the cocktails we tried were fresh and flavourful.

All of the food we tried was nice, and a couple of dishes stood out - the fish skewers and the fries. The pasta was fine but nothing out of the ordinary.

I will be back as I want to try the steak as it looked good!

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Judy Moorr

We dined at Earl for a surprise birthday for my son! The experience was 1st class! My 7 month old grandson would be the best judge of food as he tried everything on offer and loved it all!
Service was very relaxed and friendly!
Highly recommend!

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Was a lovely new modern restaurant. The food was really awesome and the service was of a very high standard.

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Steph Gaskell

Went back to Earl for dinner after an amazing lunch a couple of weeks ago. Food and service were excellent both times, will definitely be back

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Meredith Wain

Fantastic as usual

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It was a superb experience. The ambiance was great. Cosy, classy, perfect lighting and comfortable seats.
The staff were friendly and professional.
The food and wine were delicious.
A great night out with friends.
Highly recommended

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Rhian Caines

Faultless!

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