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The Brian Boru

Grill, Pub, New Zealand
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Thames, New Zealand
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
Now rebranded "BREW", Interesting brewing kit and quirky

Stopped for a brief lunch passing through Thames. Chicken and mushroom pies very tasty and meaty served with a mixed green salad garnish. NZD $ 8.50.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
Epsom, United Kingdom
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Stopped for a brief lunch passing through Thames. Chicken and mushroom pies very tasty and meaty served with a mixed green salad garnish. NZD $ 8.50.

Thank g4ybu
Auckland, New Zealand
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We chose this cafe/bar as travellers, interesting surroundings with a lovely wood heater burning. Ordered prawn and scallop salad. Was beautiful. (Bit over salted), only criticism. Partner ordered big breakfast with mushrooms, delicious and generous servings. Waiter was very friendly and good service. This gem of a place is well worth visiting.

Thank Nihonihoohura
Melbourne, Australia
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116 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

what a wonderful place, nice character great location in the main street. friendly staff providing good quality coffee and food,

Thank glenn h
New Zealand
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140 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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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 

2 Thank IvanNewZealand
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
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.

Thank Cee331
Gibsons, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

Thank kidboots
Lismore, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 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 

Thank Archimedes2013
Rotorua, New Zealand
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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 

Thank MairiandRon
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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250 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
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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 

1 Thank PedroNP
Thames, New Zealand
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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.

Thank wharetaare

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Thames, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Thames
  • Phone Number: 078685558

Price and Cuisine

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

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