“This is one of New Zealand’s most appealing country pubs and is well worth a visit”“Classic pubs to visit” Peter Janseen, 2018
Wairarapa’s oldest and most historic pub is the perfect place for a quiet afternoon pint or alternatively a great night out in Greytown. Publican Tony Murphy has a good mix of Irish and Kiwi about him, born and raised in Titahi Bay and having an extended OE for 12 years in Ireland visiting first family in West Cork before settling in Dublin and learning the Pub trade. In 2018 he was named as one of the top 16 Heineken pour servers in New Zealand, he also took home the honor of being a Guinness pour master in Dublin so pouring an excellent pint is guaranteed. His wife and partner in crime Ursula hails from Dublin and brings to the Top Pub natural hospitality, which a bit of craic and banter for good measure.
We share our kitchen with 1860 restaurant, so their very talented chefs create some truly exceptionable bar food for us. Open Monday to Thursday from 3pm and Friday to Sunday from 11am. Wednesday nights we team up with Monteith’s breweries and bring you the love affair between a burger and beer, offering a choice of 3 fabulous burger matches with Wayfarer summer pilsner for $25.
The Top Pub is a home away from home, you can expect to meet a friendly face here, whether it’s a staff member or a local, pull up a bar stool and you won’t be alone. A good lively session is often on the cards, with live music and the normal story-telling you can expect in a local pub the world over. There’s 9 beers on tap, from the much-loved Wairarapa iconic pale ale Tui, to a good Irish stout, Heineken and a few craft beers in between. Also stocked is a good range of bottle beers, some nice local and international wines list and a few tidy cocktails – so there is something for everyone.
In the bar you will find a pool table fit to measure a compact space! And various locals who will verse you in the rules of play – some more difficult to understand than “Queen’s rules” snooker (I’ll leave you to discover whether that’s the understanding is of the rules or the locals). There are also some board games and a deck of cards or a few books to flick through, if conversation’s not your thing (don’t mention the ghosts you may get struck with that long story!