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New Zealand’s Top 50 Gastropubs revealed

The Matakana Village Pub

The votes are in for the inaugural Estrella Damm Top 50 New Zealand Gastropub Awards, with the finalists including everything from well-known historic establishments, to glitzy new eateries.

Hosted by Hospitality New Zealand the Top 50 list celebrates and showcases the very best of the premium food-led pubs in the country.

Steve Armitage, Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive, says the depth and breadth of the list shows just how sensational and varied New Zealand’s food and beverage offering is.

“We had more than 5,000 people vote in the awards and the competition was fierce,” he says.

“The list is just a small snippet of the country’s best, with more than a thousand gastropubs right across the motu.

“There are some tried and true gastropubs on the list like Cardrona Hotel and then we’ve got some newcomers such as Milford Motel, all serving up delicious dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients”.

The top 50 gastropubs were determined by public vote and a panel of judges will crown seven regional winners and a supreme champion at an awards ceremony on 10 April, 2024.

In no particular order, the top 50 list is…

Fantail & Turtle
The Riverhead
Milford Motel
Franklins Bar & Eatery
BBC Tasting Studio by Birkenhead Brewing Co.
The Matakana Village Pub
The Lula Inn
The Shakespeare Hotel & Brewery
The Lumsden Freehouse
Bay View Hotel
The Keg Room
The Lookout Bar & kitchen
Mavericks Gastro Pub
Storyteller Eatery & Bar
Pig & Whistle Historic Pub
The Helm Bar and Kitchen
The Waimate
CBK Craft Bar & Kitchen
Little River Inn
The Speight’s Ale House & Street Food Kitchen Timaru
Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn
Thirsty Acres
Saints Cafe, Restaurant & Bar
The Laboratory
Ōtoromiro Hotel
Cassels Brewery Bar and Restaurant
Thistle Inn
The Puketapu
Brew Union Brewing Co.
D4 on Featherston
GodsOwn Brewery
The Gintrap
The Fat Duck Gastropub
Redcliff Restaurant and Bar
Cardrona Hotel
Brunel Peaks Cafe & Bar
The Speight’s Ale House Dunedin
Crafty’s Bar & Grill
Pog Mahone’s Irish Pub
Butlers Reef
The Tahi Bar + Kitchen
Frings Bar & Eatery
The Good Home New Plymouth
The Crafty Local
Nauti Penguin
Sprig + Fern Tahuna
Strawberry Tree Kaikoura Limited
The Vic Public House

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