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“Best ales in Nelson”
Review of The Free House Inn

The Free House Inn
Ranked #21 of 198 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Fast Food
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Nelson is at the heart of New Zealand’s hop growing region and is the epicentre of the Kiwi craft brewing industry. The 'Free House' is Nelson’s first pub of its kind and their goal is to 'set the beers free' - meaning they aim to offer you an endlessly changing menu of local and national craft beers. In fact, they are the only pub in Nelson serving cask-conditioned real ales.

Such devotion to real ale has provided them with accolades such as Nelson's Best Pub - Lonely Planet NZ Guide 2011-12; Best Pub in NZ (People's Choice -Beer and Brewer Magazine 2013); Best Pub Nelson-Tasman Region 2013 (SOBA Awards); and Best Nelson Beer Destination (Wild Tomato 2011,2012,2013).

Situated in an old converted wooden church with a garden and even a Mongolian Yurt in which they hold gigs, movie nights and other events - this is a ‘must-visit’ place when in Nelson.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Normally a great night but the lady working the bar on 10/10, short dark hair, was grumpy and extremely uninviting. Would not let us try any beers and unable to smile. If I see her again I am walking straight back out the door. Such a shame as the free house staff are normally great and we love this place. Please do something about her as she has put us off.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We didn't eat here, just popped in for a drink. We'd gotten used to the tied-house pubs all over NZ, but when we mentioned at our B&B that we were big beer fans and homebrewers, our hosts sent us to The Free House. Let's start with this: it is in a tiny old converted church building, with a yurt built next door for events/concerts. When we walked in, we were in love with the atmosphere - this is just a COOL place. There were couches, big tables, small tables, lots of art, an old piano, and a bar at the back with a slew of taps. The beer list was beautiful - varied styles from varied places, the essence of a craft beer movement represented...and they were generous with the samples before we made decisions. We were able to sample a few beers each, while we sat and enjoyed ourselves, that we'd never had and thoroughly enjoyed. The barkeeps are knowledgeable and you can tell they enjoy being there. While we sat, an older gentleman came in, got a pint, and sat down at the piano. He played classics and rock tunes, and he played well. I still don't know if he was paid to show up, or just randomly sat down, but it was awesome. Two guys started this place because they saw a need to provide more choices to patrons, and spread the love of the craft beer movement in NZ. Preach it, brothers. And WELL DONE.

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

First up, I confess. I'm a huge crafted beer fan and a brewer. So of course I'm going to like this place. I just didn't expect to like it so much. Great beers, bar food that had me happily using it as an excuse to order another beer, and intelligent beer conversion with a knowledgeable barman. What better way to spend a wet winter afternoon when you are away for business?

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The FreeHouse is a small pub that is family friendly (board games for kids) and features a nice number of beers. You can order pizza, thai, and pub food from the bartender who then orders it from neighboring restaurants. We had pizza and it was a good thin crust pizza. We went here three times over two weeks and it had a good crowd each time.

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