It’s hard to believe it’s the same club. Avondale RSA’s former premises in Layard Street have been demolished, and the club is now housed in stylishly renovated premises at 48 Rosebank Road. The RSA, which now incorporates the All Golds Cosmopolitan Club, re-opened in its new premises in July this year.
Since opening their doors, the club’s membership has jumped from 150 to 850. While the new premises are a massive step up from the old, it’s possible that the club’s increasing popularity is due to its growing reputation for excellent food, great entertainment, and a cheap pint.
The RSA also have a strong focus on events, with a children’s Christmas party on 8th December and a Masquerade Ball on New Year’s Eve (see advert below for details). With regular sports throughout the week and a line-up of live bands on Fridays and Sundays to dance to, the Avondale RSA has become a great venue for all ages and interests.
From Thursday to Sunday Crumpy’s Kitchen - run by Martin Crump (yes, Barry’s his dad) and assisted by his family; wife, Jill and his kids, Georgie, Levi and Olivia - serves a wide variety of consistently good grub, including fabulous Sunday roasts.
Martin, who spent much of his childhood in Blockhouse Bay, attending New Lynn Primary and Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, describes himself as “passionate about everything I do”. With a natural ability to communicate, Martin has been a writer, MC and broadcaster. As a radio talkback host for 15 years, he was often a ‘voice in the night’ for people on their own. Martin loves connecting with people and regards that time in his life as very meaningful.
Martin brings his enthusiasm for life to his kitchen, and with Crumpy’s Kitchen now a huge drawcard for Avondale RSA, his Masquarade Ball buffet on New Year’s Eve is sure to be a crowd pleaser.