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Pig and Whistle Historic Pub

Cnr Haupapa and Tutanekai Streets, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-347 3025
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Ranked #23 of 148 restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $23
Cuisines: Pub, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Visit the Pig & Whistle Historic Pub and enjoy the warm historic atmosphere of one of the most popular bars in Rotorua. Stella Artois and Becks on tap, Kopiko Bay wines, great pub food 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.The Pig & Whistle has live bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Find out the up and coming bands on our Entertainment page.We have big screen Hi Definition Sky Digital TV. Catch your favourite sport on one of the big screens.
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

My partner and I loved the food. It brought to us in a timely fashion and very well presented. Lovely atmosphere. Will definately be back when visiting Rotorua.

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We got a lovely big booth next to the fire. Kids liked watching the soccer during dinner lol. Table service would have been nice as you have to go to the bar to order which was a bit of a pain as it was quite busy. The food was great, big plates and everyone enjoyed their meal. It was well... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went here after reading reviews,i dont know what the reviewers ate but our food was so very disappointing.To start with,we had to go to the bar to order our food,it wouldve been so much nicer if thete was table service,it wasnt exactly cheap.the chicken satay burger was a massive thick white luke warm bun with a small breast piece of... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Fantastic meals for the value of money...huge great servings in which we could not completely finish..... bar service...highly recommended. ....

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Rotorua
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Can be a bit hard trying to find a place in Rotorua to have an early dinner (i.e. before 6.00pm) - McDonald's, KFC, etc aside. Thank goodness for the Pig & Whistle. My son loved the huge plate of ribs - even he couldn't finish them all - doggy-bag to take the remainders home for later!! And curley fries -... More

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great pub food. Very tasty and huge portions. Service was great and the staff were very friendly. Good for the kids as well.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

After spending the day at the Polynesian spa we were quite hungry and stumbled across the Pig and whistle pub. The service at this place was quick and friendly. Food was amazing and excellent value where my Thai prawn + calamari salad was delicious (on the menu this is classed as a "light meal" BUT it is a HUGE serving... More

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Matamata, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Did not enjoy my visit here at all. Food was not up to standard. You expect to get quality food for the price we paid for. Disappointed with the garlic pizza as it contained a whole lot of cheese and no garlic whatsoever. As for the beef nachos, they were flavourless and definitely not good at all. Sad to be... More

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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

After being traveling for a week we just wanted a good Pub meal. Staff were very friendly. I had Fish & Chips which was very nice. My wife had a Steak with pepper sauce that was cooked to perfection. A beer & glass of wine topped it off.

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

After being turned away with the crowds and long wait the evening of the Rotorua Marathon, we went back the following night. This old building has so much character inside and out. We sat in the outdoor patio and had good wine and beers. I had the Harissa Spiced Chicken salad. The chicken was tender and African flavors were excellent.... More

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