Eat or Stay with us and there will be no charge for kids 10 years & under!
- must have one paying adult per child to qualify. 
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As you pull into Methven Mt Hutt Village and stand at the cross roads of the two main streets (one fittingly named Main Street!) you'll see two pubs on opposite corners. One of them is Blue, one of them is Brown. Ours is the Brown one.

The catch phrase "your true country pub" is very apt as this is indeed a classic New Zealand country pub. Warm in atmosphere and welcome, you will feel right at home from the minute you walk in the door.

Our Fireside Bar and Family Restaurant has a fabulous menu complete with some delicious new items and the classic favourites we know you love! Our accommodation has had a great new facelift as well with new carpet, paint and bedding.
Come and check out our new look, we think it looks fantastic.

The Brown Pub, previously named New Zealand's Best Country Hotel at the HANZ Awards for Excellence, is located right in the middle of town and offers the Main Bar, the Fireside Bar, a family restaurant,  fresh, clean affordable accommodation and naturally a great time. We are also very proud to be awarded the Lion Breweries Beer Master award for demonstrating excellence in beer quality and presentation - six years running. So you know the beer is going to be good.

The original hotel was built in 1883 and fell victim to fire on June 19th 1922. The fire started in the early hours and the old wooden building lit up like a tinder box. The local fire brigade took water from the open water race which ran beside the hotel but were unable to save the building. Down, but not out, the publican of the day James McTaggert, rebuilt the hotel on the same site.

The same spirit is alive at The Brown today. It is a place where we all get in and help each other out. A place where you always see a friendly face both behind the bar and propping it up on the other side. The building itself is not what makes the pub tick but the personality of the people in it.

Sons, grandsons and great grandsons have inherited The Brown as their local, and it has ensured the history of the pub is not a staid thing, but a living, breathing part of the place. It is a pub where friendships are formed and consolidated over the odd drop of beer (or twenty!)

Now Available
- High speed Wi-Fi throughout the whole building


Coming Soon - Kids 10 and under eat and stay for free
Sunny Beer Garden
Family Restaurant Entrance
The Brown today
The original Brown Pub
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