2016-05-31. Stopped in for lunch on a Monday afternoon and it was pretty quiet. Relatively big high ceilinged pub with a very British feel to it from the bar wiht it’s hand pulls and taps, to the walls and windows. We had to switch tables as it was a bit warm - the sun was blazing in and they had a space heater on. Our new table was much more comfortable! They had a good range of their own beers available on tap and on cask, and a few guest taps if I recall correctly. We managed to sample our way through most of them. Foodwise we opted for two of the specials - bangers and mash for me (tasty) and pasta for Mabel. Food was above average but not amazing, good value for the money. Servers were friendly. I had a good chat with the Irish bartender. There were a few highlights but generally the house beers were just okay, if you are a fan of British styles you may find them more to your liking. Some of the casks seemed perhaps not to be in their best shape. Nice spot, but the beer wasn’t enough to tempt me back the next day.
Top venue, top range, great service, enjoyable at any time of the day or evening.
3fourths (1528) Boulder, Colorado | January 17, 2014| Updated January 26, 2014
I tried three casks and none were in good shape. I ordered small glasses of the Bohemian Pilsner and Bitter and both left a filmy acid residue in my mouth that reminded of stomach acid. Bile in their beer, beware. Funny thing, I very much enjoyed a bottle of their Munich Lager (which is a Pilsner) at a nearby restaurant, and that’s what prompted a visit to the brewery. Sadly, the beer was all in poor shape, which is a shame because the space had a great old-men-playing-cards feel to it and I would have been happy sitting for a couple of hours if the beer was any good.
This is a more or less classic English pub, everything very traditional. Fortunately they do non-trad taster flights, four flights, prices vary depending on what beers your order, which makes them more pricey than most other flights. Food is OK. Service is good, although there is no table service. No wifi either. Eleven parking spaces, for which you need a pass from staff. Beers were OK, but too many lagers/pilsners.
I’m not sure there’s much to be said about this Auckland beer scene stalwart that hasn’t already been said. A high-ceilinged, English-styled proper pub with its own on-site brewery. What more could an ex-pat ask for? How about a wide selection of cask ale, a wide array of bottled beers and a handy choice of craft keg? Job’s a good’un. The sort of place that I could quite happily sit for hours on end drinking real ale in proper pint glasses by a warm fired whilst the wind and rain howls around outside. A quiet, pleasant vibe on a Monday afternoon with friendly staff and providing a real taste of the Motherland on t’other side o’ the globe. I will be back with bells on, that’s guaranteed. All it needs is a darts board and billiard table and you’d never know you’re in NZ.
Pretty solid. British inspired beers and interior but not particularly spectacular. Very family friendly and straight forward and honest. House beers are of course the highlight but there’s a well though out bottle list (40 odd) plus guest taps. About $9 for a pint or large serving. Paddles are $16 for 4 120ml sized glasses. Of interest is the fanatical approach to serving temp; fridges are allocated to styles to ensure appropriate temperatures. Food is quality pub grub.
Oakes (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 10, 2013
Full value for its top Auckland rating. A big pub, quite English, with a lot of in-house beers, many on the hand pump. They also have a large bottle selection. Prices are a bit of sticker shock but they’re normal for NZ - just watch the half pint price is more than half of the pint price. Again, that’s normal for NZ but annoying. But for the beer geek, allot several hours for Galbraith’s when in Auckland because you’ll need it to work through all the amazing beers available here.