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Food and ambience

Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are 4 adults who decided to give Five Stags a go for lunch and drinks on Sunday 4th April (first time visit). From the moment we arrived Morgan (female waitress) was disinterested and rude to us. She was like that the whole time and...we were there for a couple of hours. She never cleared our plates until we asked her and even then she only cleared half of them. There were quite a few flies so the plates really needed to be cleared immediately. It was such a shame because it seemed like it would be a good place to go regularly. If Morgan doesn't like her job she should look for another job. The staff have a huge impact on whether you go back again and it is likely that we won't be back.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed November 3, 2020

meal dissappointing - could have cooked better at home, service appalling - staff very uninviting. Not a good impression - from visiting south islanders

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 30, 2020

It's a decent place to chill with a wine and a mate, or have cocktails and have a boogie with a mate. Live music usually on a Friday and Saturday. Great wine prices compared to the central town centre establishments, $8 compared to $15!! Good...service. The food has been fine the times I've had any. But the atmosphere is great, between a pub and a bar, just right! Decent decor, comfortable seating, clean facilities. Why not?! Might be worth a visit...!!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed October 26, 2020

Went last year before Christmas and it was awesome, went back to be really disappointed, 3 different meals and not one of them got finished, calamari was dry and chewy, steak sandwich was over cooked to the point of almost teeth breaking and the pasta...was all sauce with no goodies in it. Neighbors who went 2 days later said the same thing. Wont be backMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed October 6, 2020

We visited here with a couple of younger friends, just expecting typical quality pub food, but the meal was great. The 'restaurant' is really part of the pub, just separated by the bar, but it felt quiet enough. We had roast pork, brisket, and lamb...shanks, and couldn't believe how tender all the meats were - it tasted much more like what you would expect at a high-end restaurant. Absolutely recommend 100%, we'd have no hesitation going back for more.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 21, 2020

We decided to sit in the restaurant as opposed to the bar area as there was live music on - the restaurant was segregated by the bar so you could still hear the music, which was fine. However you can only order from the restaurant...menu if you choose to do this. I ordered the roast pork which was ok.... a bit dry. Portions were good. I was surprised to get frozen veg, considering carrots are plentiful and cheap. Also the menu advertised cauliflower cheese, which I love, but it was broccoli cheese and a tiny portion. At $18 I thought it was quite good value though. My husband ordered the large ribs. I tasted them and the meat fell off the bone, very tender. However they were swimming in sauce - far too much. Also the ribs were overpriced. We were staying in the Top 10 and it's a convenient restaurant to walk from there. Good atmosphere though. Our server was friendly.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020

A very special lunch was shared with friends on Sunday at Five Stags. We ordered pork ribs and got fatty burnt, chewy, beef ribs lacking in every way. The sauce was watery and it drowned the Cole slaw. Very disappointed

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020

Been to Five Stags a number of times. Magnificent food (Bar menu and restaurant) great service by effective and friendly staff. Great atmosphere on a friday and saturday night. Highly recommended

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 16, 2020

Staying in the area and popped in one day for a beer, loved the place so much ended up having another and a meal! The feel of the place is great, the staff were friendly and hardworking! Went there a couple more times for a...drink and our last night a few drinks and another meal! Love this place!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed June 2, 2020

I have been here for a few meals and everytime, I leave satisfied. The beer is good too! The atmosphere is great and it feels like a "local". Will always come back!

Date of visit: May 2020
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