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15 Nelson Sq, Picton 7372, New Zealand
(03) 573 6123
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Description: Nestled in the picturesque town of Picton at the top of the South Island...
Nestled in the picturesque town of Picton at the top of the South Island, New Zealand, and at the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, is the ‘Crow Tavern. A home away from home for the local residents of Picton and tourists as well. Located on the town square it is the only Tavern in town and is surrounded by a residential area. The Crow has a full restaurant, public bar, lounge bar, bottle store, smoking area, gaming room and garden bar. It is a place where business is done, jokes are told and celebrations are held. The ladies feel comfortable in the bar and the staff and patrons are one big family. Customers share their family occasions here and sit outside in the pretty garden bar all summer long. In winter the huge open fire is a big draw card along with the big screen TVs for watching the rugby.Around the tavern are many photos of local rugby teams, fishing excursions and boats in precarious positions previously owned by local patrons.The Tavern was first built in 1855 and has been rebuilt twice since. The Crow is one of the few places in Marlborough with history of the area on the walls. The restaurant has a wall dedicated to ‘The Echo’, one of the oldest ships in the world which is now beached at Shelly beach near the town center.
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  • 8
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Have a bar meal...

Very pleasant evening with friends and the bar meal...fish and chips on a Tuesday evening...was really good. Different bar meal for different nights of the week or order what you want from the restaurant. Terrific value for money and we look forward to doing it again...and again...and again! Lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
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Picton, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Very pleasant evening with friends and the bar meal...fish and chips on a Tuesday evening...was really good. Different bar meal for different nights of the week or order what you want from the restaurant. Terrific value for money and we look forward to doing it again...and again...and again! Lovely atmosphere as well.

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Certainly is an old pub which could do with an upgrade but does have good meals at really good prices.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Nothing fancy here, but there's cheap food which is pretty decent, beer and a fire. Plenty of locals who were very friendly. Pool table too!

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Ohoka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is a great local pub where you have a chance to talk with the locals in the area. Great live music on the Saturday night when we were there.

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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Watched All Blacks vs Springboks and a game of the Pumas vs the Walibis. Great, tense games and learned alot about rugby. Good beer, fireplace and friendly locals, what more can you wish for.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Visited this pub with my husband.. This pub needs demolishing or a huge refurbish. It lacks any character or charm that some other old pubs have. It was cold unless you sat right next to the fire. Decided we would stay and have a meal only because it was raining. Bad mistake, the steak my husband had was the worse... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

meal was beautifully presented and tasted fantastic,will be back.Our group of friends with us were impressed also,.was worth every cent we paid.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Awesome I been coming since a child. I haven't been for many years do they still have the massive burger that the size of a dinner plate?

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New Zealand
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is no fancy, hip gastro pub - The Crow is a pub like they used to be. A bit rough and ready but excellent value and worth it for the people-watching alone. We had a meal in the restaurant and were astounded at the good value - we ordered the seafood platter for 2 and were amazed at the... More 

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Motueka, New Zealand
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

A good place to meet a nice warm fire cosy and close to town boy did we enjoy also the Sunday roast was huge and well priced lots of locals to chat to about all the fish that had got away lol we did have a good time thank you we will be back

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15 Nelson Sq, Picton 7372, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Picton
  • Phone Number: (03) 573 6123

Description

Nestled in the picturesque town of Picton at the top of the South Island, New Zealand, and at the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, is the ‘Crow Tavern. A home away from home for the local residents of Picton and tourists as well. Located on the town square it is the only Tavern in town and is surrounded by a residential area. The Crow has a full restaurant, public bar, lounge bar, bottle store, smoking area, gaming room and garden bar. It is a place where business is done, jokes are told and celebrations are held. The ladies feel comfortable in the bar and the staff and patrons are one big family. Customers share their family occasions here and sit outside in the pretty garden bar all summer long. In winter the huge open fire is a big draw card along with the big screen TVs for watching the rugby.Around the tavern are many photos of local rugby teams, fishing excursions and boats in precarious positions previously owned by local patrons.The Tavern was first built in 1855 and has been rebuilt twice since. The Crow is one of the few places in Marlborough with history of the area on the walls. The restaurant has a wall dedicated to ‘The Echo’, one of the oldest ships in the world which is now beached at Shelly beach near the town center.

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