Hospitality Business Magazine

Have you made the Top 50 NZ Gastropub list ?

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 serving up elevated classic pub fare, to glitzy new eateries with modern menus.

Hosted by Hospitality New Zealand, and sponsored by Estrella Damm, the Top 50 list celebrates and showcases the very best of the premium food-led pubs in the country, which often go unnoticed in many culinary awards.

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.

Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive, Steve Armitage.

“We had more than 5,000 people vote in the awards and the competition was fierce. The list is just a small snippet of the country’s best, with more than a thousand gastropubs right across the motu,” says Steve Armitage.

“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”.

Cola-Cola Europacific Partners’ Marketing Manager Tracey McKay says Estrella Damm is thrilled with the calibre of entries in the Top 50 Gastropub Awards.

“The top 50 gastropubs list is a curated selection of the absolute best in the country and I urge everyone, whether holidaying or at home, to get out and experience the innovative flavours these gastropubs offer.”

The top 50 gastropubs were determined by public vote. Each voter has gone in the draw to win an Auckland holiday for two, complete with return domestic airfares, accommodation, meals out and top tourism activities.

A panel of judges will crown seven regional winners and a supreme champion at an awards ceremony on 10 April 2024. Tickets to the awards evening will be available to purchase on Monday 11 March at

In no particular order, the top 50 list is as follows:

1.           Fantail & Turtle

2.           The Riverhead

3.           Milford Motel

4.           Franklins Bar & Eatery

5.           BBC Tasting Studio by Birkenhead Brewing Co.

6.           iTi

7.           The Matakana Village Pub

8.           The Lula Inn

9.           The Shakespeare Hotel & Brewery

10.         The Lumsden Freehouse

11.         Bay View Hotel

12.         The Keg Room

13.         The Lookout Bar & kitchen

14.         Mavericks Gastro Pub

15.         Storyteller Eatery & Bar

16.         Pig & Whistle Historic Pub

17.         The Helm Bar and Kitchen

18.         The Waimate

19.         CBK Craft Bar & Kitchen

20.         Little River Inn

21.         The Speight’s Ale House & Street Food Kitchen Timaru

22.         Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn

23.         Thirsty Acres

24.         Saints Cafe, Restaurant & Bar

25.         The Laboratory

26.         Ōtoromiro Hotel

27.         Cassels Brewery Bar and Restaurant

28.         Thistle Inn

29.         The Puketapu

30.         Brew Union Brewing Co.

31.         D4 on Featherston

32.         GodsOwn Brewery

33.         The Gintrap

34.         Portside

35.         The Fat Duck Gastropub

36.         Redcliff Restaurant and Bar

37.         Cardrona Hotel

38.         Brunel Peaks Cafe & Bar

39.         The Speight’s Ale House Dunedin

40.         Crafty’s Bar & Grill

41.         Pog Mahone’s Irish Pub

42.         Butlers Reef

43.         The Tahi Bar + Kitchen

44.         Frings Bar & Eatery

45.         The Good Home New Plymouth

46.         The Crafty Local

47.         Nauti Penguin

48.         Sprig + Fern Tahuna

49.         Strawberry Tree Kaikoura Limited

50.         The Vic Public House

A panel of judges will crown seven regional winners and a supreme champion at an awards ceremony on 10 April 2024. Tickets to the awards evening will be available to purchase on Monday 11 March at