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The Brian Boru

$$ - $$$
Pub, New Zealand, Bar, Grill
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Thames, New Zealand
+64 7-868 5558
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many Auckland bakeries would envy the sweet muffins I had here. Coffee is great and so is the service - polite, friendly and attentive :) thank you guys for a great morning break!!

Thank Olga P
Thames, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a beautiful relaxing place ... With a variety of foods & drinks..! :) musical nights and much more ..

Thank minni0012
Melbourne, Australia
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250 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

I last came here about 20 years ago and left with the impression that things were a little weird. Hoping that things may have changed everything is still kind of the way i remember it, a little odd. It is a pub trying to be a cafe, trying to be a restaurant and the dining / beverage experience doesn't quite... More 

Thank taqueeney
Geraldine, New Zealand
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Went to this restaurant with a group of business colleagues for dinner. Everyone's meal came except mine, checked if it was coming, advised it was. Everyone finished their mains ordered dessert still no main for me. Checked again " yes it is still coming". One hour 50 mins later it arrived after everyone else had finished mains and desserts. Shocking... More 

Thank Coult22
Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Looking for a quick dinner last night having returned from Auckland and nothing out of the freezer to cook. The Brian Boru is on the edge of the shopping area and so there was a choice of car parks outside the establishment. I choose a "Moroccan" Lamb Pizza - It was stunning and larger than I could handle. My wife... More 

2 Thank Neville-McK
Pembroke, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2016

In spite of there being a presentation on electric cars in the pub the owner was very welcoming and accommodating. The food and service were very good.

Thank floratheexplorer2016
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016

Historic this place may be, in which case it is long past its heyday. Presumably it is supposed to be atmospheric but in that case the owners are sadly mistaken. Dark, uninviting, non too clean, tatty menu, hopeless staff. We stayed for the time it took to swallow half a glass of beer for which the Indian barman charged us... More 

Thank Welltravelled63
Epsom, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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104 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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181 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Pub, New Zealand, Bar, Grill
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Thames, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Thames
  • Phone Number: +64 7-868 5558

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?