After a long day at the beach, office, or of food-deprivation, a pub feed feels like the only viable option to overstuff your stomach. Unlike a British comedy where the peanuts have been caressed by too-many hands and the bar is slathered in an unidentifiable stickiness, Auckland has some rather classy joints. Homemade lamb pies, fish and chips, wood-fired pizzas and many, many beers – whatever you look for in a good pub, you can be sure our list of the best pub feeds will provide it.
Grab a bite or a brew, The Cav is Ponsonby’s well-known and well-rounded institution. Whatever you look for in a good pub feed - The Cav will have it. Accompany your craft beer with a sharing platter for the table or dig into pork belly with crackling, burrito bowls, fried chicken, and corn waffles. With Euro’s Eugene Hamilton overhauling the pub's menu, it’s an oasis of modern cuisine that won’t leave you hungry.
Auckland’s number one gastropub. Located on Tamaki drive you aren’t only getting a great feed, but a view too. Sit out on the deck as the sun sets or tuck inside as the nights get cooler. The Attic is a great spot year-round for a satisfying meal with good company. Opt for pork ribs and slaw, their lamb and cheese pie or a $20 steak and fries deal on a Wednesday. The beers are cold and the cocktails are $12 between 9 - 10pm - what more is there to say?
We’re not going to get all technical about the difference between a pub and a tavern - because the food at Morningside Tavern is just that good. The Truffle Smashies with black garlic aioli are a must-have if you’re in the sharing mood (or not). If seafood fettuccine and wood-fired pizzas make deciding on what to order too overwhelming, go straight for the platters. The “All Of The Above” platter serves four and includes a spicy crumbed cauliflower and lamb meatballs among others you won’t want to miss.
The Good Home
Find your local Good Home and you’ll start to question what Dorothy really meant by “there’s no place like home”. From Howick to Mount Eden, The Good Home have so many locations, you’d be sorry to miss out on trying a quick bite and a drink on your way past. Expect to see homemade Yorkshire puddings, burgers stacked with onion rings or loaded wedges. Regardless of which home-away-from-home you are visiting, be sure to save room for dessert as their creative takes on sweet treats (hello, cardamom creme brulee) are worth squeezing in.
Speights Ale House
At the foot of Mount Wellington, you’ll find the home of a good brew in a thriving social hub. Speights Ale House serves up traditional ales and beers - but more importantly, they serve up some serious grub. Their menu includes an extensive selection of Southern favourites and provides exactly what you’re stomach craves from a pub. Their steak and cheese pie is slowly braised in Speights Distinction ale with caramelised onions and is served alongside mushy peas, mashed potato and a red wine jus. Head east on a Sunday if you’re a lover of the classic Sunday Roast and stay a while as you work your way through their beverage list - they’re open until late.
Pub grub has stepped itself up a notch with this new Britomart establishment. Located opposite the harbour with a light and modern interior, The Brit provides a relaxed atmosphere perfect for an after-work feed (and drink). Think Westmere sausages, gravy, and mash in a Yorkshire pud, a footlong stone-baked pizza to share, and a peanut butter and cookie skillet to finish you off. Bring down some colleagues or a group of friends and see why they call it the social anchor of Britomart.
Good George Craft House
A modern take on the traditional pub. Take a drive over to Mission Bay and enjoy the scenic route before sipping on Good George’s award-winning beer and cider. The menu here won’t force you to detract from any healthy eating as chunky avocado and feta dip and fresh ceviche are in full supply. Vegan options are plentiful with a banana blossom burger complete with vegan tartare and a pavlova with coconut cream and Black Doris Plum cider sorbet to fully complete the night. Headed here during the day? Sit yourself out on their deck and choose between soaking up the sun or cooling down under the umbrellas as you relax and mingle at the craft house.