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The Brian Boru

Thames, New Zealand
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Ranked #13 of 26 restaurants in Thames
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Pub, New Zealand, Grill
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Gibsons, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Thames, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We went there yesterday for lunch. The staff were very busy and never missed a beat, the food was delicious with good sized portions. Real value for money in a nice setting. Will definitely be back again.

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MANSFIELD
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Nice cafe/bar with good coffee and food. The old historic pub has character and atmosphere. Big burgers and home made chips are all good. Friendly service

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