Hotel Ponsonby

Monday - Sunday, 12- Late.  1 Saint Marys Road, Ponsonby, Auckland (The old Ponsonby post office building)

Twice my time with friends has been saved by the reliability of Hotel Ponsonby. Once after wandering the dead zone of Sunday 2-5 Ponsonby with a visitor from out of town, we stumbled into Hotel Ponsonby and had a memorable array of shared starters.  This time, another common hospo-zombie-zone, the Auckland Monday night!

There is great joy in stumbling into a bar full of young trendy things. I love seeing them in their natural habitat. The first room at Hotel Ponsoby is reminiscent of the local pub, stand-up bar leaners and groups of people catching up. Stylish young things chatting and small-batch brewed beers, many of these on tap. But don't be put off!

Nestled just past these youngies are comfortable seated tables, a great menu and a very decent outdoor courtyard. In a stupid rush, we experienced thoughtful service in the courtyard. 

We were starving, but heading out later for dinner with friends, so a quick snack only that consisted of:

  • Flatbread, stracciatella, confit tomato, basil
  • Line caught Kahawai rillettes

Wines on the menu that caught our eye;

  • Laurent Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV and Rose
  • Bandini Prosecco
  • Amisfield Sauv Blanc
  • Windrush EMPIRE Chard
  • Man O War Pinque
  • Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir
  • Two Hands ‘Gnarly Dudes’ Shiraz
  • Shaw and Smith Balhannah Shiraz
  • Man O’ War Ironclad
  • Matane Primitivo

Our experience was fantastic, we still discuss how good the flatbread was, sort of a puffed-up fry bread.  We will be back and I'll update you on the rest of the menu. I have added a link to the menu for you below. 

Hotel Ponsonby Menu and Wine List. 

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