Reviews for The Lumsden Freehouse
by Juliet Ede
26 days ago
Honestly the food hasn't been all that great here, but I love the interior and the staff, and that more than compensates for the food. There are always interesting activities going on here, including quiz nights, love comedy, chalkboard tables, and even Connect Four and chess games out for people to play! For a different and pleasant bar experience, go to the Lumsden.
by Louisa Stacey
one month ago
Very cool place. Great vibe and friendly knowledgeable staff.
We had heard great things about the local beers so made sure to stop in for a beer. We decided on a tasting paddle of 5 beers and settled in on the bean bags out on the beer garden. Ordered the Ribs and boy, were they delicious, the meat just fell off the bone, so succulent and tasty with an amazing dipping sauce.
They have free popcorn which is a total win and cool funky details like chalkboard tables and space invader machines.
This will definately be our regular hangout when we are in Auckland. Love it!
by Jeremy Merwood
one month ago
Pretty average food for the price, good people watching spot and service was ok.
Not sure if I'd come again for food but maybe for a beer with work colleges or friends.
by Lesley Duskrider
2 months ago
The Lumsden Freehouse is one of my favorite bars in Auckland. The craft beer selection on tap and in bottle is unparalleled. Staff are very knowledgable about the selection of beer, tasting notes, and offer great recommendations on the beer. Love the fact the taps rotate frequently, and love they are always looking to carry new and upcoming brews. The beer events they host are awesome - attended Epic's ninth birthday party this past December, which was a lot of fun.
Food is great - love the North American influence in the portions and flavors. A good variety of meals and nibbles. Double loaded nachos are definitely a favorite! Massive portion, good to share, and super tasty.
Always a fun vibe - staff have good banter, very friendly, and great service. As a regular customer, I have noticed a few upgrades to the bar such as the patio and furniture. Looks great, chalkboard tables are always fun, and bean bags are relaxing. All around, a great bar and a craft destination for Auckland.
by Auckland Newmarket
2 months ago
WORST SERVICE EVER!!! LAZY!!! RACIST!!! STAFF.
I am not a person to write a review unless it was really good or really really trully bad and horrible.
I was so disgusted with their service and how they treat a customer.
The bar has a great atmosphere and It's a such a shame to have such a lazy, racist staffs.
I asked to be served and was totally ignored by all four staffs for over 10mins. and it wasn't even busy.
one fat blonde staff was sitting at the bar folding napkin and told me to ask someone else on the other side of the bar for service.
and I was totally ignored by that other staffs as well for another 5mins. he finally told me to go back to the other side of the bar again and wait to be served while he serves other customers.
I went back to the other end of the bar again and was finally served by that fat blondy. and only reason she stood up was there were another lady waiting to be served.
when I complained to the manager he actually said 'If you don't like our service don't come back'
Yea I will never ever go back to that place again and DO NOT recommend this place to anyone!!!
by Two Dark Coffees
4 months ago
Looking for a place with a good vibe and the possibility of live music, my sisters and I made the short drive into Newmarket.
Wanting to grab something fulling but decently priced proved to be an easy job after taking a look at The Lumsden's Dinner menu.
I ordered the basket of Ribs for $16.00 and both my sisters ordered the BLT also priced at $16.00. We didn't bother with drinks as a lot of the drinks on the beverage list are alcoholic. A great place to bring the lads for a drink though - you aren't short for options by all means.
What I liked was that your table number is written on the table itself in chalk. I haven't seen that before and I thought it was quite qwerky.
I wasn't really impressed with my ribs. Not much meat to the bone in my books but for $16.00 you can't really complain. Additionally the fries were really good, but not enough sauce. My sisters both really enjoyed their BLTs and honestly I would go for that option next time round too.
The service was good, although we had to grab water for the table ourselves (Still not sure if I was meant to do that or not) .
Overall, it held the vibe we were looking for and the live music contributed to that a lot. Plus, being outside on the corner of Broadway and Kyber Pass makes it feel like you're in a real inner city bar.
by Emma Forbes
5 months ago
Always an interesting selection of beers on tap. Lovely outdoor seating in the summer amd cosy fireplace for the winter. Food is not to shabby either. Great that they also do gf pizza bases.
by Shharukh Issani
5 months ago
Has a great atmosphere, love having outdoor sitting specially in summer evening.
Service was not that pleasing, when asked for what's the popular and bar speciality they just said everything is on the menu.
I ordered salt and pepper squid, asked them if it was rings or chopped and fried the person serving me went to ask other waiters and they had no clue, so I ordered either way. Asked them to put lime and fresh chillies on it.
Squids were very small portion in contrast to the price of it. Lime were cut into pieces and given to me that was fine but fresh chillies were not available (disappointing) . Squids were served with aioli on side with sweet sauce instead of chillies, they were not fried properly enough the batter was not even visible on each squid rings.
Not a pleasant visit at all. Hope they see this review and work on it.
by Ben Tutty
6 months ago
Love this place. Mint outdoor seating and cosy seating indoor. Always a good atmosphere as well as awesome beers on tap. Had the epic bacon ipa was good to see that one on tap! Food wasnt bad. Go for the beers though!
6 months ago
Three of us met for lunch at the Lumsden in Newmarket today for lunch as it has a good range of food and a great range of Kiwi boutique brewery ales. As the day was relatively sunny we sat at the outside tables and ordered the Epic Coffee & Fig Stout (very distinctive coffee flavour), Laughing Bones Kaiser Malt (pleasant without being particularly distinctive) and Parrot Dog Pitbull Ale (light fruity notes). We shared the Meatlovers Platter (Chicken Nibbles, Beef skewers, Squid rings, Pizza bread with Hummus, Pesto & Olive oil, Almonds, Stuffed olives, Feta & Brie) and we added a side of fries. The food was all delicious and quite enough for three for lunch. The service was prompt and the staff were very attentive and friendly. All in all an excellent place for lunch and a beer.
by Asa Campbell
7 months ago
Love this bar :) Fantastic selection of NZ Craft Beer with a constantly rotating selection of taps. The staff however are what truly make this a great place to come, great service, witty banter & helpful knowledge. What more could you want? ..great food? Yeah they've got that too.
by Victor Marchionna
7 months ago
So I've been here a few times and really don't have anything bad to say about the place. The staff are friendly and the beer menu is rather large with a good bit on tap, oh and it has a little Galaga table! The outside seating area has some big tables with chalk tops and direct access to the bar without going back inside if it isn't filled with patrons.
9 months ago
The City of Sails is short of proper pubs – sure, we have bars and drinking halls but few places where you can curl up in the winter or lounge in the sun on nice days. The Lumsden manages to be all things to many (not all) people. My favourite time to swing by is Saturday afternoon when there’s cruisy live music and a great vibe. An ever-changing rota of local brews is fascinating in itself – ideal for hopsters and craft virgins - the staff will guide you down a road less travelled. Who could resist the idea of spending an hour in a bar, which sells beers such as Weezledog Dickledoi, Rockyknob Snapperhead or Garage project pils and thrills? Thankfully, the food’s spot on too; pretty much standard pub menu but much better quality and plenty of it. The wings are great and come in a range of portion sizes and flavours, there’s an extensive design-your-own- salad range but my favourite are the nachos. I often feel cheated on the toppings (you know, a bag of chips with a sprinkle of cheese) but not here. If you’re looking to chill out or to warm up; this place is well worth a squizz
by Shamal Kumar
10 months ago
The place is the local after work watering hole for us. Sliders are good for lunch and reasonably filling. A great selection of craft beers and overall service is great. The wait for food is very long though.
by Amanda @ Move Love Eat
11 months ago
I've been to the Lumsden a few times since I've been living in Auckland as it is often one of the places chosen to go out for lunch when a group of us from work head out.
If you're into beer then you'll love it here as there are so many choices! I have had the burger, the steak sandwhich and also the chicken wraps before all of which were tasty, reasonable sized and well priced.
Every weekend there is also someone singing in the afternoon which is nice for a lazy afternoon in the sun with some friends, good food and a beverage.
by Lindsey Morgan
Apr 10, 2014
I just ate the BEST ribs at the Lumsden. Seasoned and cooked to perfection, I don't know what their secret is but they were seriously finger licking good! And the dipping sauce, man that dipping sauce was divine!!!!!!
by Clinton Scarfe
Apr 02, 2014
My Partner and I Love this place as it caters for both of our tastes.
I love my Craft Beer, and the ever changing beer menu that they have Bottled and on Tap is Amazing. It gives me a chance to taste new locally brewed beers from all over NZ. And there Tasting Paddles are a great place to start. 5 different beers to start off with, and then continue on with your fave, or try a 6th different brew.
As for my Partner, he loves his Whiskey and Bourbons, and they have a great selection for him to choose from also.
When it comes to eating, I am a Vegetarian and their "Make Your Own Salad" is always perfect. Mainly because I decided what I wanted in it, so of course it is going to be perfect. And the "Halloumi and Mushrooms" and "Firecracker Broccoli" are to die for.
Again, my partner is different in that the Loves his meet, and their Burgers are his Fave, along with the BBQ Ribs. And you MUST also try the "Insane Chicken Wings". They are Insane....
On a weekend they have a live jazz lounge singer, singing there which adds to a beautiful weekend.
Over all, you can not give this place a miss. It is perfect for Lunch before a bit of shopping on Broadway or for a Refreshing Ale whilst your partner shops on Broadway.
by Rebecca Smith
Mar 28, 2014
I've been trying to use my Entertainment Book as much as possible so when I was looking for somewhere to go for a quick bite before a movie in Newmarket, the Lumsden seemed like the perfect choice. The menu has all your bar-food favourites; burgers, chicken wings, pizza, ribs and tacos. They also have an impressive selection of beers, both on top and bottles. We decided to go for the Lumsden Big Burger ($17) and the Sliders ($18). While there didn't seem to be many people ordering food, the order took a long time to come out and when you have a movie to catch it's even more frustrating. After a good half an hour our food arrived. The burger was good but not amazing. It had, bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, cheese and onions and a beef pattie which was nice and moist. The Sliders were a little disappointing. There was pulled pork, fish and beef with blue cheese & bacon. The pork itself was nice but the slider was very dry with only a bit of wholegrain mustard. The beef was a thin steak coated in spices which was cooked well but unfortunately didn't go with the blue cheese. The fish slider was only fish and the bun and could have used a sauce or other ingredient. Both came with a side of fries which were fantastic.
I think The Lumsden could be a great place to go for after work drinks and a bite to eat. I have heard good things about their pizza and chicken wings so will try them next time. Maybe don't go there for dinner if you are short on time, or let the wait staff know.
by Loved By Katie
Feb 10, 2014
After a great massage, friend and I went to The Lumsden for a pizza. It was a cozy bar which has comfy chairs and even a pool table at the side.
We ordered a Cajun Chicken Pizza ($23) and a Bacon and Sour cream Wedges ($14) which were plenty for two of us. Pizza was pretty nice with a bit of chili flavour. Caramelised onion and sweet chilli sauce was a bit of a too sweet combination though. Will love to try their Pecking Duck one next time! Refreshing!
Wedges were okay - I don't really like it when bacon bits are stuck together which stops them from being crispy.
They have a fantastic beer selection including many craft beer. It's great that they give you a sample glass to try so that you know exactly what you are getting. I had a nice dark beer from Hallertau Brewery. Pizza and a beer - what a lovely combination!
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by Luke S
Dec 23, 2013
Staff were attentive and knew what to recommend to suit my beer style. Felt great eating a healthy self chosen 'build-your-own' salad. Enjoyed the interior and exterior design, and overall the venue and staff made me feel as if I were at home. Will be visiting as a first point of call when I'm back in Auckland. Cheers!
Dec 21, 2013
The service is prompt and the food is very tasty. Their make-your-own salad is genius. Also, definitely worth trying their beers. Even the Fish and Chips looked good!
by Leigh Beattie
Oct 21, 2013
What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, how relaxing sitting outside in the sun sipping on a beer or as in my case a cider.... love the Cider Sunday. Moved inside a little later for a pizza and paddle (deal voucher). Very nice Pizza great decor and amazing staff, our waitress was just great happy and friendly and efficient. Looking forward to another relaxing Cider Sunday soon.
by Mike Carnie
Jul 30, 2013
Haven't been to the Lumsden for a while and am thrilled with the move to craft beer - well done team.
The decor has had a tweak to reflect the new craft look and feel and it has succeeded.
Love the large number of beers on tap and can appreciate the different flavours even more, and the staff are very knowledgeable and of course friendly.
The food is still good, so the quality has been maintained with a few more favourites added.
Had a great lunch and will definitely be back for a movie and dinner and craft beer, or maybe just a dinner and craft beer!
by Liv Winstone
Apr 15, 2013
Popped in after a movie for some good ole fashioned craft beer. I had the Kingston cider on tap. Delish. Hot chips were nicely crisp, not over-cooked... yummo pepper grinds on the top, and presented with a dipping dish that had a thick twirl of aioli in a moat of tomato sauce. Fabulous. Refurbished interior makes this place classy for proper kitchen fare now. Drastic improvement on the old Lumsden (I hadn't been for a couple of years).
Barman was chipper, humourously chatty, suitably cheeky, and spotted our need for a top up of the aoili / tom sauce ... impressive service :)
This will be a nice spot for my next date-night dinner and movie, me thinks.
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