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Church becomes Pub

A friend took me to this place for a beer. It was once a church. Loved the place. Great patio to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Luv2socialize
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Ottawa, Canada
Relaxed

Great venue, inside & outside. Interesting and ever changing beer selection. Possible to bring food... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2019
seadragon99
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Harstad, Norway
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All reviews converted church old church craft beer great beer cool bar plenty of outdoor seating chilled vibe on tap welcoming atmosphere food looked good both locals and tourists middle of town wide range wines ales hops funky
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend took me to this place for a beer. It was once a church. Loved the place. Great patio to sit out.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Luv2socialize
Reviewed 7 February 2019

We came here with out of town friends on the way to UB40 in Nelson. Our first time here. Quirky to say the least... lovely outside seating area and it was a beautiful evening, so that was great. Boys had a "Goldilocks" craft beer, which...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nagus1
Reviewed 31 January 2019

Great venue, inside & outside. Interesting and ever changing beer selection. Possible to bring food from other places across the road. Friendly and relaxed staff. Great vibes and I'd give it 4.5, if I could. Cheers!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank seadragon99
Reviewed 23 January 2019

Wide range of beer, low, and no-alcohol drinks available from the tap. Wedges and 6 or 7 options for chunky filled sandwiches (hamburgers I suggest). Tables inside, or outside including under shade.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RossC1642
Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

This converted church has a large outdoor area some of it with central heating! The sale toon of beers, including some that are almost English justifies it multiple best pub in Nelson awards. To cap it all they let you bring in your own takeaways,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank stevew538
Reviewed 21 December 2018 via mobile

This place was a special find on recent visit to Nelson. When you put together a quirky vibe, eclectic setting with a great beer selection you get a winner! A knowledgeable bar person who was happy to answer questions and provide tastes to help with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gavatron07
Reviewed 25 November 2018

This quirky, bustling pub and garden with excellent beer selection and knowledgeable staff is just what we, as serious beers drinkers, were looking for. The food looked good too but we opted for the superb Indian restaurant just across the street. Came back after the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank wanderhorn
Reviewed 25 November 2018

On a beautifully warm afternoon, The Free House (situated in an historic converted church) was the perfect choice for a Sunday outing. Although known more for its over 600 different craft beers served on tap, it was also great for a chilled glass of wine...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank eelSeattle
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Just excellent. Craft beers, great pub food, relaxed and above all, friendly chilled atmosphere. Highly recommended for a casual evening before hitting town!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Simon T
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

This informal relaxed unpretentious ‘pub’ located in an old church and its grounds in town has extensive outdoor and indoor seating. There is a range of craft beers, decent wines by the glass as well as food. There are other restaurants nearby too. The service...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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