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“Martinboroughs Best By Far”

Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $26
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Why Cool Change? Cool change came to fruition for a number of reasons. Having frequented this stunning region for some years to escape the hustle & bustle of the city life at every opportunity, we saw a window to taste the Wairarapa life as residents & business owners. Hence why we thought it would be a Cool Change. We stumbled across the chance to convert one of the most ornate, beautiful buildings in the Wairarapa into a warm, comfortable, unique hospitality concept. The name derives from one of our greatest passions - music. Throw in the fact that we are vulnerable to the odd occasional southerly blast & fondness of "The Little River Band" Cool Change was born. Our facility consists of 1 private function room, seats 12 people. Our dining room features booth seating, open fire, period & deco lighting and retro wallpaper. The bar greets you on entry with a warm ambiance; sky TV when required & a wine list to tempt those taste buds. Cool Change cuisine will not disappoint as our Head Chef Rachel Priestley has weaved her magic around the globe - Italy, Switzerland, Austria, United States, France, Finland, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, China - Shanghai. Her cuisine is Italian inspired food, using the freshest ingredients including using her own italian salumi. Food and wine was her life and Rachel worked for 10 years in Italy. She produces all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, she has opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine. Rachel ran a truffle shop in Florence, opened a wine bar in Bormio for Amaro Braulio, a restaurant by the sea in Gaeta in a 14th century pharmacy, a restaurant in Naples for the Camorra - the Naples Mafia. And now she is back in New Zealand to supply you with fine Italian food and wine, cooking here at Cool Change Bar & Eatery.
Havelock North, New Zealand
1 review
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“Martinboroughs Best By Far”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our first visit to Martinborough and wont be the last, especially when we visited cool change bar and eatery. We where greeted by the most hospitable staff and decided to enjoy there excellent choice of fine wine. We had not intended to eat there but after viewing the menu decided to stay for a meal. We are both used to eating out at great restaurant's and where taken back by the excellent quality of both our entrée and main. We so enjoyed the first night that we went back the second night to try some more of there outstanding food and again where not disappointed. All we can say is excellent, excellent, excellent...10 out of 10

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Kind of odd”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

Beautiful old former post office building. The decor was kind of odd though as it seems to have a 60's surfing theme which doesn't really work. On the food side though very nice. Good size portions and we probably should have shared an entree as after both entre and mains we couldn't fit in any desserts. Staff are lovely. Nice mix of locals in the bar and visitors having dinner. Thought the wine selection was a bit limited but still a couple of good options.

Visited August 2014
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“A+++ Evening”
Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

We've just finished a full in work conference in martinborough and Cool Change was the perfect end to the day. Better service than any Wellington restaurant. Extremely knowledgeable about local wine and food, the staff made sure we had the best of everything. Highly recommend the lamb. Well worth the trip over the hill

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London
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“The place to go in Martinborough”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

I took my team to Martinborough for a conference and we had dinner and drinks at Cool Change. We had the best food and hosting possible. Jimmy the owner made it feel like our venue and looked after us all night.

  • Visited July 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Fantastic Food, Great Decor and Excellent Hospitality”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

My wife and I had a great meal at Cool Change. The restaurant is a lot larger than you would think from the outside and the 70's wallpaper is brilliant.The owners went out of there way to ensure we had a good table and the meal and wine was served quickly and was excellent. We had a great night. Thank you!!

  • Visited July 2014
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