Your new home away from home, the Good Home is a welcome new addition to Uptown, Mt Eden and central Auckland.
Located on Normanby Road at the site formerly known as the Cardrona Ale House, the newly renovated Good Home makes the most of its sunny position with a newly extended outdoor area.
Light, bright and fun and serving all day contemporary gastro pub fare, new owners Mark and Stevie Brogan are Scottish brothers with more than a decade’s experience running popular North Shore haunt the Patriot in Devonport.
Bringing their famous pies and Scottish hospitality over this side of the bridge, Mark believes it’s the brothers’ food that keeps regulars coming back, with everything made fresh each day – “from the pies, to our burger patties and fries which are hand cut and double fried.”
With surely one of the sunniest decks in Auckland, the refurb has seen the front of the pub opened up with an extended courtyard area now featuring a pergola, planter boxes and ample bench and table seating for all. Sun drenched and complete with gas fire, lush planting and picket fence, it’s the ideal spot for whiling away a sunny afternoon or evening.
Step inside and the atmosphere is welcoming and homely. A kids’ area off to one side features a piece of artwork by local artist Erin Forsyth and contains a blackboard, and giant scrabble and connect four games to help keep the little ones entertained with a seating area for mums and dads close by.
A ten metre long bar is the central hub of the Good Home, offering a wide selection of premium and craft beers with 12 on tap, and for wine drinkers, an extensive range of New Zealand and overseas wines are available.
Bringing the outdoors in, an atrium area features a pergola, hanging plants, planter boxes and inbuilt seating, with unexpected touches adding a fun element like the bright blue piano hanging over the fireplace. Further through a cosy whiskey lounge offers a more intimate nook away from it all.
Off to the left, dining and lounge spaces feature comfy banquette seating with a range of table options, big and small. While a corner bar and additional courtyard and decking areas mean that large groups and functions can be easily catered for. Ample parking is also available with 20 car parks on site.
Generous, hearty and great value for money, the extensive menu features the aforementioned pies in winning combinations like steak and Guinness, chicken and mushroom, minted lamb and vege, and vegetarian.
There’s plenty for carnivores with a choice of steaks, rack of lamb, stick BBQ pork ribs, and chargrilled free range chicken, and for seafood lovers, the likes of beer battered snapper or terakihi, scallop and king prawn duo, or paper-bag snapper.
Light meals include a tasty ploughman’s lunch with honey roasted ham, smoked cheddar cheese, pickles and toasted five grain, and there’s a substantial salad selection, the smoked salmon house-smoked and infused with honey and herbs.
There’s also a brunch menu with offerings like welsh rarebit, eggs bene and of course a Good Home big breakfast, with good strong coffee to wash it down available from 9.30am each day. And of course, a kids’ menu in keeping with the family friendly ethos.
While the charming Scottish accent shows no sign of abating, Mark and the whole extended Brogan family have called Auckland home since the late 90s. And with three kids and another now on the way, it’s important to him that the Good Home is family friendly. “We want to be part of the neighbourhood and for everyone to feel welcome.”
Locals are fast flocking to this new and improved old friend, and the changes seem to have ticked all the right boxes. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, a get together with the girls, an after-work beer, or catching a game or a band in the weekend, why not check it out for yourself?
Whatever the occasion, whatever the season, the Good Home is more than a pub, it’s your home away from home.
The Good Home, 37 Normanby Rd, Uptown, Mt Eden, Auckland. Open seven days.
T: 09 630 7740