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The Free House Inn

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95 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good36%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“curry” (3 reviews)
“mussels” (2 reviews)
“old church” (15 reviews)
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Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
95 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The other half was ecstatic - the first place in New Zealand he's seen real English hand pumps actually in use! Big selection of beers, and fabulous variety of copper cockroaches adorned the walls....very interesting! I heard people compliment the food, but we didn't eat...More

Thank KiwiKerry53
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

A warm welcome on a drizzly Sunday. Great choice of beers, could order delivery of curry from the Indian Cafe over the road. Shame we’d already eaten there! Will be back next time we’re in Nelson.

Thank JonAKL
Reviewed 24 April 2018

A great atmosphere - busy but not too noisy. Staff were skilled and relaxed. The selection of beers was outstanding and they encouraged you to try first. Would definitely return.

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Hubby and I had a cold ale several nights ago ( just prior to the beer festival) and were thoroughly impressed with this quaint watering hole. Such friendly staff. And they have an open food policy meaning you can bring food in. FANTASTIC!

Thank Di M
Reviewed 12 March 2018

This bar is so cool, it is in an old church and has a old record shop in the middle of it. We sat outside on the barbecue tables in the sun and soaked up the ambience. The drinks are a good price, the bar...More

Thank HilsNZ
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

We had 1 night in Nelson having run the Abel Tasman Track (beautiful, but a wee bit more hilly than we anticipated)...so needed to nail the Nelson night experience in one. The Free House Inn has a simple formula that just works. A converted church...More

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 9 February 2018

I love that an old church is being put to such good use. This place has heaps of atmosphere and a great selection of craft beers on tap. We visited on a Friday afternoon, just as the place was starting to get busy. It can...More

Thank Aldous D
Reviewed 25 January 2018

If you're a craft beer lover, the Free House is one of the pubs in Nelson that you'll want to visit. It's set in what used to be a little church (finally put to good use!) so that gives it a nice vibe. It's a...More

Thank accommodationdirect
Reviewed 11 December 2017

We grabbed a pre-dinner drink here on a quiet Wednesday night in Nelson and were very pleased with the entire experience. There is a great outdoor patio with lots of varied seating. The bar itself is located in a converted church, which looks super cool...More

Thank Tenley M
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place when exploring Nelson and are so glad we did! Great craft beer selection, helpful staff, and amazing outdoor/patio area.

Thank sfagin0
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 95 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
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