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The Free House Inn Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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95 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Auckland
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited during Nelson Beer Week - quirky place with the bar inside an old church. Large garden bar to sit in. Good selection of beers on tap and a couple of hand pulls too which appealed to the Yorkshire men in our group!

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Thank CamoAuckland
Okanagan Falls, Canada
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70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I met my ol' buddy from Maui there and enjoyed a few glasses of wine, had some dinner snacks and found this relaxing backyard type hangout place simply amazing.

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Thank Beat J K
Tauranga, New Zealand
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was personal and efficient from both bar and kitchen staff. The menu had great variety and the food was cooked to perfection. We were pleasantly surprised to know we could also have purchased food from another restaurant and brought it into the Free House restaurant/bar if we chose to. Great atmosphere with a great history.

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Thank naarah05
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Had been recommended this place and wasn't disappointed. Lots of unique flavoured beer, we all tried something different. Great atmosphere - very casual, someone even had their dog. We had some delicious green-lipped mussles. The table next to us ordered curry from across the road and ate it with their beers.

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Thank Berries99
Nelson, New Zealand
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298 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Very friendly place with a wonderful selection of Craft Beers that you are able to sample before you buy. There is also a great selecton of wines and ciders to chose from. A bonus is that you can bring your own takeaways to enjoy with your drink and the Indian Cafe is right across the road.

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Thank owlesey
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

The place to go in Nelson for a real beer Or cider. Excellent servjice and now some good food on the menu

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Thank John W
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Fantastic selection of beers and you can try before you buy. The only downsides are it is hipster city and the barman was a bit surly. But yeah, good place to drink away the day.

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Thank Kahutiaterangi
Nelson, New Zealand
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

The ultimate place to chill. A totally casual atmosphere with a diverse range of people enjoying great beer and great company. it is so relaxed that you can order takeaways to eat there. Did I say the beer is always outstanding with a different range on offer all the time.

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Thank timtT6478JH
Perth Hills, Australia
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Old church converted in to a very quaint pub. Nice atmosphere. Fantastic range of very good New Zealand boutique beers. Beware, some are rather strong.

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Thank Andrew D
Cebu City, Philippines
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

What a great evening, fantastic array of beers and wine. The mussels and chips were also unbelievably good. The atmosphere was spot on, so friendly! Many patrons even ordered take away curries from across the road with plates and cutlery supplied.by the pub. Nearly forgot to mention later it even turned into a gathering point for local muso's. If only... More 

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Thank StueyW77

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, New Zealand
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?