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Love this bar ūüôā 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.
Rated 5/5 –¬†ZOMATO USER

Spent the afternoon on Saturday here doing birthday drinks with a friend. He was able to reserve the comfy seats and tables on the far side of the bar which was fantastic for being able to accommodate all of us.
The food selection at The Lumsden is quite varied and pretty decent. The owner has offered a good selection and it has been consistently decent food each time I have been there. The real highlight of The Lumsden, though, is their selection of beers. Both on tap and in the bottle they have a great rotation of craft beers which makes it a fantastic place for a session.
Finally, I give true props to The Lumsden for having a popcorn machine and offering free popcorn to the patrons. This is a common tradition in pubs and sport bars in North American that I really miss. It’s a simple thing that doesn’t really cost the bar much money (popcorn is cheap) and makes me feel like the owner is making an effort to go above and beyond.
YELP USER

The best craft beer haunt in Newmarket, and one of the best in Auckland. With an ever-changing list of beers on tap and in bottles, The Lumsden should be on every beer-lover’s list. They run regular quizzes, and have a games night on Mondays. Food is quality pub fare (try the Meatlovers Antipasto Platter or the thermo-nuclear hot chicken wings). You’ll need a pint or two to cool you down!
LOCALIST USER

The ducks nuts as they say. Quirky welcoming environment, great atmosphere, great bar staff, great beer, and a great location.                                                                  RATE BEER USER

Revamped and repositioned as a craft beer bar, The Lumsden is a little cracker. A freehouse, too, meaning it is not tied to any particular brewery so you’ll be able to get a much bigger range of beers.
It’s unashamedly aiming for the craft beer fraternity, but it is so much more than simply a beer-geek bar.
The beer selection changes regularly but, given the choice when I was there, it will always have something of interest. It keeps a few “mainstream” beers, such as Heineken, Becks and Guinness because, as the bartender said to me, “some people don’t get the craft beers”.
That’s a great attitude – celebrating craft beer without metaphorically spitting on the mainstream brands and it seems to sum up the ethos behind the Lumsden. They’re not trying to be something they’re not and they manage to balance the old with the craft ale set.
The service is great, too; friendly, informative and prompt, with a sense of humour and no delusions of grandeur. A great outdoor area complements the inside and this is a bar I’ll be going back to again and again.
Scores:  Service: 5 / Drink: 4 /Food: 4/ Atmosphere: 5 /Overall: 4.5                 DON KAVANAGH РHERALD ON SUNDAY

Next time your spouse is keen to make a shopping trip to Newmarket, see if you can bargain for lunch at The Lumsden- a brew pub near the corner of Khyber Pass and Broadway. Whilst the food is pretty darn good- it’s not the main draw. The Lumsden is a free-house pub, not associated with any particular brewery and as such their selection of beer is the best you will find. (Their selection of burbons is pretty impressive too!) If I said the food is only “pretty darn good”, it is still a draw as well- but for me, it is the beer and atmosphere- a refuge to be sought during extended shopping excursions. If you are not into micro-brews, you might rate this establishment 3/5… but for me and those of like-mind, it is five star.
Visited September 2014 – TRIP ADVISOR

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