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“Classy Pub Food”

Pig and Whistle Historic Pub
Ranked #16 of 233 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Centrally located in a classic piece of bold 1940's architecture, the Pig & Whistle is a local landmark with a great history. Our friendly staff will make your visit one you'll want to repeat. Monteith's, Heineken, Tiger, Erdinger & Black Dog as well as three Ciders on tap, a fantastic range of New Zealand wines. Our pub menu includes favourites like Seafood Chowder, New Zealand Lamb Salad and Pork Spare Ribs and we cater to children also. And there are our world famous piggy fries! Our Snack Menu is available from 11.30am till Close, 7 Days a week and we have a great selection of desserts. The Pig & Whistle has live bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Find out the up and coming bands on our Entertainment page. And we have big screen Hi Definition Sky Digital TV - catch your favourite sports on one of the big screens.
Reviewed January 8, 2012

The food here was quite classy for pub fare. I had a duck and prawn salad which was very tasty while my wife had the harissa chicken salad. Both were very nice. The kids absolutely loved the pigtail fries with their meals. Pub style though, so no table service and it took a while to get served, even at 5pm which i wouldnt consider a busy time.

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Thank nzregs
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Gregg_Brown, Owner at Pig and Whistle Historic Pub, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2012

Hi nzregs

Thanks for the positive review and you are right - you should be served quickly at 5pm.

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Reviewed January 8, 2012

It was a very nice stop to rest from all the walking around. Good food & beer, reasonably priced and served.

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Gregg_Brown, Owner at Pig and Whistle Historic Pub, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2012

Thanks Annex_BR for the kind review

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Reviewed January 7, 2012

This is my second home whilst im in rotorua...either with friends, family or on business...meals are nice,staff are great, good atmosphere, great history to the place...i cannot fault this pub. Im a very fussy eater and have problems finding decent real meals in NZ ( unless im visiting friends)...so when i find somewhere good, it becomes "my place". The best fish and chips and hamburgers and more. Good pub food

Thank brightnbubbly
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Gregg_Brown, Owner at Pig and Whistle Historic Pub, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2012

Wow - thanks brightnbubbly we really appreciate the feedback!

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Reviewed January 6, 2012

The crowds waiting for tables tell you the food is excellent! It is well worth waiting for a table, or returning a little earlier the next day. Having already made this pub/bistro sound possibly too busy for some, we were pleasantly surprised at the unhurried service, and the waiting staff didn't rush us out as fast as they could.
It is a family friendly place, with tables spaced out enough to allow childfree adults not to feel they're in the wrong place.
Order and pay at the bar, from then on there is a wait service at the tables for further drinks and food.
Quite simply, everywhere else we ate at in Rotorua did not reach the standard of the food served here. We recommend the mediterranean style NZ lamb salad - it was outstanding!

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Thank Eleanor G
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Gregg_Brown, Owner at Pig and Whistle Historic Pub, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2012

Eleanor G - we love you for the feedback. It really is humbling to get the recognition for the effort we put in. I do need to point out however we dont offer wait service at the tables - we will if asked but its not typically how we do it. Thanks again - happy new year.

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Reviewed December 31, 2011

The food is consistently good and reasonably priced. Great for a quick meal on the run.

Thank Lucyznana
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Gregg_Brown, Owner at Pig and Whistle Historic Pub, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2012

Hi Lucyznana. We have to point out it we aren't always quick. Some days (especially during the holiday peaks) we get positively slammed and meals can take a while but we like to inform people if there is more than a 20 minute wait. Thank you for the kind words and happy new year!

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