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Pig and Whistle Historic Pub

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Hamburgers, Pub, Fish & Chips, Family Fare
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Cnr Haupapa and Tutanekai Streets, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-347 3025
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Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Visit the Pig & Whistle Historic Pub and enjoy the warm historic...
Visit the Pig & Whistle Historic Pub and enjoy the warm historic atmosphere of one of the most popular bars in Rotorua. Craft Beer on tap, Kopiko Bay wines, Pub Meals and live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Our friendly staff will make your visit one you'll want to repeat.Centrally located in a classic piece of bold 1940's architecture, the Pig & Whistle is a local landmark with a great history.Our pub menu includes favourites like Seafood Chowder, New Zealand Lamb Salad and Pork Spare Ribs and we cater to children also. Our Snack Menu is available from 11.30Am till Close, 7 Days a week and we have a great selection of desserts. We have big screen Hi Definition Sky Digital TV. Catch your favourite sport on one of the big screens.
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  • 57
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  • 22
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Service and lovely food

We decided to eat here as we fancied a pub meal while watching some sport. We occupied a large table initially as there were no small tables available. Having ordered at the bar a larger party came in and we were asked if we would mind moving to a smaller table which was now available. We were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
beachluvver
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Wokingham
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Wokingham
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89 reviews 89 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We decided to eat here as we fancied a pub meal while watching some sport. We occupied a large table initially as there were no small tables available. Having ordered at the bar a larger party came in and we were asked if we would mind moving to a smaller table which was now available. We were happy to do... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

great food, huge servings, good prices and really friendly service! A great historic feature hotel beautiful indoors and great outdoor area.

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Los Angeles, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

You order at the bar and they bring it to your table. There is outside covered seating which is quite large. We had the Moroccan lamb sandwich (the lamb was so good!) and the steak and mushroom pie, also delicious. Prices are about average from what we've experienced, and the servers are sweet.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It's a pub. Had above average pub food. Bit pricey, but portions were enormous! Had to pork belly, bit over cooked. Loved the pigtail fries though.

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Adelaide, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Went with family of 5. We were seated within a few minutes. Ordered salmon, lamb salad, beef snitzel, steak sandwich, ribs. All meals were excellent although we waited a while to get them. Having said that, it was Saturday night and they had given us a time frame and it was pretty close. All round, great food, great outdoor area... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Very nice Pub/Restaurant. Lots of locals as well as tourists. Good selection of beers and alcohols. If you choose to eat here DO NOT have anything to eat all day prior to visiting as the portions are gargantuan. The food was good but just too much of it. Next time will be a fish and chips to share

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The location and the old police station are amazing the staff also was friendly, the food it was in the average of all the pubs..precooked pork ribs, but the angus scoth fillet that we had was good. The price is above the quality served.

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Australia
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

there are lots of places to choose from in Rotorua, but this one was just great, worried it would not live up to all the hype but gladly wrong. the meals were huge we shared, nachos and the ribs, believe the Hype, these ribs are amazing, juicy, tasty, lots of meat and a yummy sauce, used your hands to make... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Amazing food, amazing service, huge portions, great atmosphere, best pork ribs ever. The beer garden is a great area to sit in, the local craft beer is great and on tap.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We had dinner there during their high season and like most eating establishments in AU you are seated by a server who brings menus and then you go up to the counter to order your meal and drinks. My husband and my 25 year old son loved the sticky ribs. My daughter and I both enjoyed huge salads with very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cnr Haupapa and Tutanekai Streets, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-347 3025

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 23
  • Cuisine: Hamburgers, Pub, Fish & Chips, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget

Description

Visit the Pig & Whistle Historic Pub and enjoy the warm historic atmosphere of one of the most popular bars in Rotorua. Craft Beer on tap, Kopiko Bay wines, Pub Meals and live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Our friendly staff will make your visit one you'll want to repeat.Centrally located in a classic piece of bold 1940's architecture, the Pig & Whistle is a local landmark with a great history.Our pub menu includes favourites like Seafood Chowder, New Zealand Lamb Salad and Pork Spare Ribs and we cater to children also. Our Snack Menu is available from 11.30Am till Close, 7 Days a week and we have a great selection of desserts. We have big screen Hi Definition Sky Digital TV. Catch your favourite sport on one of the big screens.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:30 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?