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The Brian Boru

Pub, Bar, Grill, New Zealand
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Thames, New Zealand
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Geraldine, New Zealand
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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115 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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.

Thank Nihonihoohura
Melbourne, Australia
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172 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
New Zealand
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175 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank IvanNewZealand
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
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.

Thank Cee331
Gibsons, Canada
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

Thank kidboots

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Pub, Bar, Grill, New Zealand
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: 078685558

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