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The Brian Boru

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Grill, Pub, New Zealand
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Thames, New Zealand
078685558
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awesome lunch

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews
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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.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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

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New Zealand
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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 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Thames, New Zealand
Phone Number: 078685558
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Thames
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Grill, Pub, New Zealand

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  • 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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