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TGB Bar & Restaurant

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European, Healthy, Bar, New Zealand
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Beswick Street, Timaru 7901, New Zealand
03 687 9190
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: A neighborhood place and now a Timaru institution, TGB (The Grosvenor Bar...
A neighborhood place and now a Timaru institution, TGB (The Grosvenor Bar) is located in a one of a kind historical building with dramatic high ceilings, nostalgic exposed brick and modern touches. Wet your appetite with local, regional and international beers and cider. Then enjoy innovative tavern fare including traditional roasts, urban burgers, fresh salads, wrap, artisanal sandwiches and many other Kiwi favourites.
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Good for:
Entertaining clients

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  • 14
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  • 5
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
SO DELICIOUS!

Just wanted to say YUM and THANKS for the TGB Bar and Restaurant for a delicious meal, great service and a fun atmosphere. Seriously one of the BEST vegetarian meals I have ever had. Anyone heading to Timaru should stop in and have a bite! Well done!

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
Splash135
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Just wanted to say YUM and THANKS for the TGB Bar and Restaurant for a delicious meal, great service and a fun atmosphere. Seriously one of the BEST vegetarian meals I have ever had. Anyone heading to Timaru should stop in and have a bite! Well done!

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Splash (not to be mistaken with Flash)! I shall convey your appreciation to our staff particularly our chefs. They will be over the moon. Being a pub in a small country town, people would expect we to only offer pub grubs. I'm glad that you brought this out to the fore so that the public know that we are... More 

Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Clean and modern establishment. We decided on an impromptu visit for lunch. We both had the $10 lunch menu (which had a great selection). I had the crispy chicken salad and my sister chose the open steak (I think it was ribeye) sammie. Both arrived promptly, attractively presented and tasted delicious. Great value, good service and excellent value for money.

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Burnie Thank you for your kind words. We are pleased that more people are about to know about our $10 lunch selection, which is unbeatable in value. You shall also note that we don't skimp on quality and selections. It's all about bringing in value to our clientele. Do come again. Faithfully Ping LIM (The Proprietor) More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Excellent waiter and bar staff. Not in your face but professional and helpful. Menu hade plenty of variety to suit most people. Seevucw was quick ans meals nicely presented and tasty. Mum had very tasty mushroom sauce with nice bite size pieces of real mushroom. My seafood selection was also very good with fresh salad with light tasty dressing. I... More 

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Ann T Thank you for your kind words. Our staff read the review religiously and I'm sure that by now, they would have given one another High Five for doing a job well for looking after their patrons. Your satisfaction is their satisfaction too!! We take the opportunity to wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year.... More 

Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Dad's birthday....it had been a while since I had eaten there - especially evening meal but was pleasantly surprised... although I had rang ahead and booked a table earleir in the day, it hadn't been noted - but thankfully there was a table available. Initially the waitress appeared a little aloof, she warmed as the evening went by - maybe... More 

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings 1t spoon Thank you for your patronage and thank you for thinking of us when it comes the time to celebrate your Dad's birthday. TGB is and has always been known for its wholesome pub grub and bang-for-the-buck. We don't do fancy but we certainly do know how to do a luscious comfort food. There's this saying that to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Staff were friendly and very informative and can have a good laugh with you, the meals are cooked to absolute perfection and a very warm environment

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Bronson Thank you for your kind feedback. We appreciate it. No doubt, come by and let's have more laughs in the future. Faithfully, Ping LIM (The Proprietor) More 

Timaru, New Zealand
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I have none. I went with a group of ladies. you paid before you went in at the door. The tables were uninviting a case of sit where there is a space. the plates were on centre table very cold by the time you recieved your meat the meal was cold. I had vegetables which were roasted all mixed up... More 

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Madam Thank you for taking the time to write an emotionally charged review about our Sunday carvery. Since that you pointed out A LOT of items, I shall endeavour to answer them one by one. You stated that the carvery is set up like a railway station, how else can we lay out our food? Buffet style is about... More 

Timaru, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We like to meet friends and/or on business for a lunch special. It is a great deal and just what you need.

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Mr / Ms Cunningham We are glad that the lunch special is to your liking. We also hope that the food portion, price and serving time are to your liking. Do come again. Thank you. Faithfully Ping LIM (The Proprietor) More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Visited Timaru in April and again in September this year for important family reasons. Local people recommended this hotel's Sunday smorgasboard lunches as very popular so I decided to take my two elderly aunts there and was not disappointed.The price of $20 per adult and $18 for pensioners is very reasonable and you certainly get value for money. There is... More 

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Sir/Madam Thank you for taking the time to write about our open secret: Sunday carvery. Visiting guests seldom hear of it because this once a week offering is normally full with locals who book a week in advance. We are glad that you are satisfied with selections of food and its pricing structure. Just to prevent any misunderstanding, the... More 

Jakarta, Indonesia
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Food great, staffs great, service also great. i had nice pasta as a dinner. and they even had a slot machine beside the restaurant.. attractive

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Madam I shall convey your kind words to our staff at TGB. They will be very appreciative that they have made your dining memorable. Yes, the pasta dish is one of my favourites too. Our chef learnt of the technique from his mentor who happened to be an Italian and the result shows. On behalf of all of us,... More 

Timaru, New Zealand
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Eat here regularly. Beautiful steak, cooked to perfection! Peppercorn sauce to die for! Hubby loves the lamb shanks, has them every time we dine. Staff very friendly and efficient. Good kids meals. Cheap for amount of food. Huge meals every time. Good drop of wine to go with dinner. Nice atmosphere, with candle lit lighting and log fire. Will keep... More 

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wiredfrog, Owner at TGB Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings Madame Thank you for your kind words. We are flattered. You can be rest assured that we won't be resting upon our laurel and do watch out for our soon-to-be released Tapas menu (due to request from regular guests). We look forward to welcoming you at TGB again soon. Have a delightful day. Faithfully, Ping LIM (The Proprietor) More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beswick Street, Timaru 7901, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Timaru
  • Phone Number: 03 687 9190

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 23
  • Cuisine: European, Healthy, Bar, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients

Description

A neighborhood place and now a Timaru institution, TGB (The Grosvenor Bar) is located in a one of a kind historical building with dramatic high ceilings, nostalgic exposed brick and modern touches. Wet your appetite with local, regional and international beers and cider. Then enjoy innovative tavern fare including traditional roasts, urban burgers, fresh salads, wrap, artisanal sandwiches and many other Kiwi favourites.

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