The Lumsden Free House Review – Pub with a big beer selection

Pizza and pints hit the spot in Newmarket’s ‘The Lumsden Free House’.

In Brief

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Pizza was good, sides just OK; solid accompaniment to the beer list


Winning, wide-ranging selection of local craft beer on tap; international in bottles. Wine & spirits list dull.


We visited during an energetic Wednesday evening pub quiz – lots of banter and laughs.


Pricey beers, but it’s Newmarket. A fair price for a good night out.

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Visiting The Lumsden

We headed along to the Lumsden with friends to take part in the Tuesday pub quiz hosted by the energetic and sometimes quirky Mike Nahu – a New Zealand pub quiz champion himself.

We sat outside at a high table, and were surprised at how easy it was to talk with each other and also hear the quiz questions and banter, despite being on a busy intersection. We ordered drinks and food through a QR code on the table, with staff also coming up to check if everything was alright and if we needed refreshed drinks.

The Lumsden menu has a lot of standard pub fare, with pizzas and chicken wings given stand-out attention. It is casual dining, but definitely toned more towards adults than children.

There is a weak wine list, but bubbles are available. We polished off a bottle of Verve Cliquot to celebrate somebody graduating from their Masters program with distinction!

Beer is what it’s all about here: it’s local craft beer, it’s fresh from the keg, and it’s a bit expensive – but you get an amazing range without pretentious wait staff. And that’s worth a lot. The beer changes multiple times a day, so The Lumsden forgoes a printed beer menu and keeps big screens up to date with the Untappd app. You can also scout what beers they have available before you go 🙂

Find The Lumsden Free House, Newmarket

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