Hmm. I'm having a moment.. looking back at some photographs of a recent road trip and thinking that it looks as if we've spent a disproportionate amount of time in the pub.
Well, to start with, there is some great history, good value meals and friendly hospitality to be enjoyed in Kiwi pubs. Although everytown has one, I first became keenly interested after reading James McNeish's first book, Tavern in the Town (1957). The Book Council of NZ calls it "an almost formless series of anecdotes about New Zealand pubs, extensively researched and often of some historical interest, but with no acknowledgment of sources so that verification is difficult and reliability uncertain".
What can I say, it IS a book about pubs isn't it?
last years adventure, there are certainly some memorable pubs through that way as with most of the South Island. Trying to summarise the trip in a best of list is near impossible.
And we haven't even got to the beer yet.
The Cardrona (est.1863)- Its THE Cardrona. Whet your whistle before (or after the Crown Ranges). Great outdoor area in warmer weather and big fireplace when it's cooler.
The Victoria Arms Hotel (est.1863) - a 'local' in old Cromwell township.
Carey's Bay Hotel (est.1874 as the Crescent Hotel) - Great beer (Emerson's Bookbinder on tap) and Dunedin's 'Who Ate all the Pies' pies are available after 3pm. The venison is a favourite.
The Bannockburn Hotel (est.1867 approx.) - AMAZING view from the dining room. Good range of local beer (Emerson's in bottles) and the Hereford prime is delicious.
The Hurunui (est. 1860)- Not the oldest of kiwi pubs but The Hurunui Hotel has the distinction of being the longest continually licenced establishment in New Zealand. You can even get a copy of the licence for your souvenir collection.
credit for info: http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/mcneishjames.html