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“Excellent food in a quiet town”

Pepper Tree Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #1 of 26 Restaurants in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, European, New Zealand
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Excellent food in a quiet town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

It's always a pleasant surprise when you find a nice restaurant in a provincial town.
The food is really very good - we stuck to kiwi favourites of mussells, lamb and fish and were not dissapointed. Salad was also excellent.
My only gripe is that when one asks for steamed vegetables so I can be healthy, I don't really want about 3000 calories worth of butter on them! Having said that - the vegetables were a good selection and cooked nicely.
Can't comment on dessert as we went to Umu's (known locally for their deserts).
Reasonable prices here too!

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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A disappointing return”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

We visited the Pepper Tree 2 years ago and had an outstanding dinner that has lived long in my memory. On that basis we revisited for lunch recently. The staff were still friendly and the service mainly good, but perhaps this is a lesson about not returning to a place you remember overly fondly...!

In short the menu was much less interesting than we remembered. They had run out of our first choices (we weren't overly late in the day). We both ordered burgers and the accompanying wedges were amazingly huge and looked great, but sadly were a little undercooked inside and overcooked on the outside. Perfectly edible, but not ideal.

My chicken burger was supposed to come with avocado and all I really got were a couple of really tiny shavings that in no way could be called slices. My husband's beef burger was perfectly fine and came with lots of bacon. Both were however served with cheap sauces, which for me is unforgivable. Neither of us could touch the tomato sauce brought to the table and the aioli was also a fairly cheap version.

Subsequently my husband found that the toilet locks were broken as was one of the toilets cisterns. Such a shame it's tainted my opinion entirely.

I have no idea whether the place has changed hands, but it really smacked of running on the wrong side of cheap. It's still not bad, the outdoor area is lovely and the drinks list is great. We enjoyed a lovely apricot wheat beer each, but there are probably other places in Coromandel town that I would recommend for lunch before the Pepper Tree.

  • Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews
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“Good food and wine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

This place is in the centre of Coromandel and is easy to get to no matter where you might be staying in the town. Staff were pleasant and helpful with no great delays. Menu was interesting and we enjoyed our meals. Bit pricey perhaps

Visited January 2013
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“Outstanding for a provincial location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Portions are overly generous, flavours are great, service great, atmosphere not too bad quite busy however lacked the buzz of a busy smaller restaurant, would be hard to achieve given the size and vastness of the restaurant. Overall a great experience!!

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New York City, New York
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“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Excellent food! Try the lamb and salmon. Very beautiful scenery. A great restaurant in the tiny town of Coromandel.

Visited January 2013
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