The Honest Lawyer Country Pub
Nelson City 03-547 4070
- Mon – Sun 8:00am – 8.30pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Scenic View
- Live Music
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Wedding Functions
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- Seating for: Restaurant 100pax. Banquet Room 80pax.
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Paid
The Honest Lawyer is a country pub on the water’s edge at Monaco. Our rustic decor, relaxed atmosphere, picturesque views and regular live music make us a local favourite.
The Honest Lawyer Country Pub & Hotel offers Kiwi fare with English flair and comfortable accommodation in unique surroundings.
4 Reviews for The Honest Lawyer Country Pub
A much improved experience. As long as they continue to hire those pleasant waitresses they are on to a good thing. Food is always good.
In order to relive fond memories, we decided to eat at the restaurant/pub where we had our wedding reception, The Honest Lawyer. Unfortunately rather than a night to rekindle and expand earlier fond memories we were in for an experience not to be relived. We had or reception here several years ago and things have definitely taken a turn for the worse.
The service we received at the The Honest Lawyer was for all intents and purposes inexistent. Apart from making sure that they had my credit card before taking any order we were told to find our own table and carry our drinks there. We could come back to the bar to place our order when we were ready. Perhaps they would have been happy if we washed our own dishes as well?
We decided to eat outside, however almost every table was covered with two or three days remains of seagull occupation. We finally found a table with minimal seagull excrement, however this table was next to a vacant one covered in old beer bottles and desert dishes. This I felt would not be an issue as one of the wait staff would surely clear it down in the near future. Unfortunately on this point I was mistaken, for the hour and a half that we were there the majority of the four wait staff seemed preoccupied with lounging around at their own table rather than worrying themselves with unimportant tasks like clearing down.
Our first course was scallops which were lamentably undercooked served in an oily batter which provided a contrast to the mushy centre surrounded by watery bacon. We also a green salad, which although being fairly nice was certainly not worth of the $15.50 price tag. After finishing this lack lustre entree we waited for our main. Once again I was proven wrong in my assumption that it is common practice to clear a guests table promptly after they have finished eating. Our starter dishes were not cleared until our mains arrived, over 45 minutes laMoreter.
For mains we ordered a beef and Guinness pie, if any dish screams gastro pub it is the humble pie done well. Unfortunately this pie would not have even found a place at the now defunct ‘Geogie Pie’ franchise and if it had they may have lasted an even shorter time before going bust. The pastry which resembled out of the packet filo was burnt and the filling dry, stringy and tough. This sorry excuse for the beloved Kiwi treat was accompanied by lumpy mash and a (red wine?) reduction that was so over reduced and sticky that it would have been more at home leaking from the bottom of a badly maintained Morris Minor than festooning my mash. Our other main was fish of the day, which was so overcooked I would have to seriously question whether it was really ‘fish of yesterday’ reheated in the microwave. The texture resembled corrugated cardboard that has been subjected to extreme food processing and then dried out in the sun for several days.
I understand that The Honest Lawyer does not claim to be fine dining, however for the all up price tag of $100+ for these courses and two cranberry juices, I tend to expect a better quality of food and at very least the pretence of service. I could have perhaps forgiven some of the numerous issues with the quality of the food had I not been furious with being treated like a potential thief and an inconvenience to the staffs relaxation time. If I was the owner of The Honest Lawyer I would seriously consider the broom of reform. I have eaten in many pubs which serve much tastier food without the pretensions and price tag of adding ‘Gastro’ to their name. Needless to say we will not return.
I rate this experience 3 out of 10. WINNER’S WINNER