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The Brian Boru

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Grill, Pub, New Zealand
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Thames, New Zealand
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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
Breakfast

We were there for a late breakfast. Nice food and surroundings. Old pub with cafe inside. There was a wood-fired stove lit which was nice on a rainy day. Service was fine.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2014
Cee331
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Auckland, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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15 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New Zealand
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Having been invited to a 'Bollywood' evening here at $45 a head, our expectations were obviously higher than that received. Crammed in, then seated at a grubby table on really uncomfortable seats, we were confronted by a plastic (picnicware) dish of Indian trail mix. Well, at least I thought it was made of the trail. The 'Bollywood' saga then began... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were there for a late breakfast. Nice food and surroundings. Old pub with cafe inside. There was a wood-fired stove lit which was nice on a rainy day. Service was fine.

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Gibsons, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Enjoyed a great breakfast at reasonable cost amid the interesting mining artifacts. Service was pleasant and efficient.

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Lismore, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Terrific food. Great price. Friendly and efficient service. We thought Thames was likely to lack restaurant options but the town is full of really appealing places. It was hard to choose one but because I liked the in house beer and service from a visit earlier that day, we opted for Brew for dinner. It was terrific. Both our tapas... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Neither of us are connoisseurs but this was a fantastic plate of food - absolutely delicious. They also serve great coffee, the helpful staff provide excellent service with an honest smile - and the décor gives you plenty to look around at. Some wonderful old photos are on display, as well as well used farming and mining implements. Thoroughly enjoyed... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Saturday night in Thames and not a lot of choice, so picked this place on a whim. An inspired choice! A late 19th century pub, converted to a cafe. Decor is fine, service friendly and helpful. Now, bangers and mash is the same everywhere you get it - right? Well not if you get it here. Bangers beautifully cooked, moist... More 

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Thames, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The Brian Boru is no longer an hotel but the cafe (in the old bar) is wonderful, although very buisy. The staff are friendly and very pleasent.

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NZer in Oz
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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Visited Brew again during last trip back to NZ in January this year and enjoyed our dinner so much we went back the next day for breakfast. Friendly and welcoming staff, delicious food, good wine, beer and cider selection and the revamped decore is looking great. Keep doing what you do Brew crew.

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Wellington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The old Brian Boru no longer operates as a hotel - but it is home to Brew, a fantastic cafe/wine bar. We had an amazing meal there, fantastic value for money, and the place is full of character. Thoroughly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely Sunday dinner. .. food was perfect and well priced. Everyone enjoyed the food...well worth visiting.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Thames, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Thames

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Grill, Pub, New Zealand

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