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This converted church has a large outdoor area some of it with central heating! The sale toon of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nelson, New Zealand
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This place was a special find on recent visit to Nelson. When you put together a quirky vibe... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Napier, New Zealand
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95 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 9391
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All reviews converted church old church great beer selection non alcoholic drinks on tap cool bar plenty of outdoor seating chilled vibe welcoming atmosphere food looked good both locals and tourists middle of town yurt beers craft hops funky
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This converted church has a large outdoor area some of it with central heating! The sale toon of beers, including some that are almost English justifies it multiple best pub in Nelson awards. To cap it all they let you bring in your own takeaways,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank stevew538
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was a special find on recent visit to Nelson. When you put together a quirky vibe, eclectic setting with a great beer selection you get a winner! A knowledgeable bar person who was happy to answer questions and provide tastes to help with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gavatron07
Reviewed 26 November 2018

This quirky, bustling pub and garden with excellent beer selection and knowledgeable staff is just what we, as serious beers drinkers, were looking for. The food looked good too but we opted for the superb Indian restaurant just across the street. Came back after the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank wanderhorn
Reviewed 25 November 2018

On a beautifully warm afternoon, The Free House (situated in an historic converted church) was the perfect choice for a Sunday outing. Although known more for its over 600 different craft beers served on tap, it was also great for a chilled glass of wine...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank eelSeattle
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Just excellent. Craft beers, great pub food, relaxed and above all, friendly chilled atmosphere. Highly recommended for a casual evening before hitting town!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Simon T
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

This informal relaxed unpretentious ‘pub’ located in an old church and its grounds in town has extensive outdoor and indoor seating. There is a range of craft beers, decent wines by the glass as well as food. There are other restaurants nearby too. The service...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TravellerFaye
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Great service and tremendous range of craft beers. Staff helpful and patient, happy to give a suggestion and provide a taste or two. Unique inside and out, being an old church, - even if the biiiig bugs weren't on the ceiling then, - large garden...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wundabar
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We found almost by accident. With thirteen local craft beers on tap or pump and a decent wine list the rebadged church is a really low key and welcoming space. We are going back on Wednesday night for some blues - and getting the Indian...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tony H
Reviewed 29 April 2018

A must do for every beer or cider lover. I was lucky enough to visit when it was quiet and learned a bit about the origins of the Free House and it’s a great story. Offered a taste of each of the beers before selecting,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Hungry_Weka
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a few well earned beers after a hike up to the centre of NZ and along the track to the Founders museum. The honey cider I ordered ran out 3/4 pint, so I was offered it for half pint price. Winning! Next beer...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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