The Matakana - Village Pub
11 Matakana Valley Road,
(09) 422 7518
The Matakana - Village Pub Information
The newly renovated and restored Matakana village pub is now open serving villagers and pillagers fine beers, local wines and great pub food.
Daily till 22.00
Avg Food Spend
$$ per person
Bar Menu, Set Lunch Menu, Take Away Service, A La Carte Menu
Large Screen, Pool Tables
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
Spent a great afternoon there last Saturday. Beautiful sunny day so we were able to sit outside and enjoy the nice courtyard area.
Staff were great and brought out a bottle of sunscreen while we studied the menus. Eventually chose the game fish salad, pate, and squid dishes as well as a bowl of really nice, chunky fries.
The beer drinkers had "The Doctor" dopplebock from Sawmill Brewery. Not a cheap drink, but a great session beer.
Heaps of people there, but the service was still quick and friendly.
Good food, good selection of beer (as well as wine by the glass) and a nice atmosphere.
Will definitely be back.
My husband and I went there with our three young children as the movie we went to see was booked out and it was raining. We had all had lunch prior to going. We initially bought 1 lot of fries and drinks. The lady at the bar asked if that was all, I said yes, I assumed when I stopped talking it meant I had finished ordering. We enjoyed the fries but it was not a big enough serving so ordered another with another round of drinks, this time instead of paying cash I used my visa, the same lady at the bar serving asked again if that was all as if my order was so minute, she gave me the impression that I was a nuisance. I was annoyed that she never gave me a receipt for my visa and I couldn't get her attention to ask for it. The third time we thought we would try the rump skewers for $10.00 all this consisted of was three skewers with just a little slither of meat in the middle of it, barely a mouthful. What a rip off. This time my husband got it and he didn't get a receipt either. You can go to the Warkworth butcher and find a a kebab in sauce full of meat for $1.99. What also bothered me is that on all occasions we did not get serviettes. We sat outside under cover, so we weren't taking up restaurant space, and although they were busy on the Saturday they should have cleared our table sooner. The pub itself is lovely though, bathroom very nice but no soap in dispenser. I think they have done the outdoor area up very well. I just think the staff could have been more friendlier and attentive. I think after the summer tourists leave they will struggle to keep the locals coming back at those prices as there was nothing exceptional about the chips or rump skewers. But if you have money to burn, go, its nice to sit outside and watch all the goings on of Matakana pass by. I personally preferred it when it was a down to earth country pub where you just popped in for a beer after work or after shopping on the weekend without pressure to buy food at Auck. prices
Well the old Matakana House has been completely reworked into a modern upscale restaurant and bar in a well restored building with extensive outdoor seating, a creative menu and a good selection of draught beer. All the stuffed animals and fish have been sent back to their respective makers and replaced with tasteful wallpaper and/or artwork. The menu has also been brought up to date. There has been a significant change in the area restaurant selection with a number of first class competitors opening and more planned. The "House" has been dropped from the title, shedding the image of being a downmarket backpacker joint. This is a good example of upgrading to meet the new restaurant environment in Matakana Village. Only the survivors will be able to compete when this summer's Omaha Beach visitors return to Auckland and there are only the locals to patronize the establishment.
Fear not, gentle readers - the Matakana Pub is under new ownership, with new management, new chef, new interiors and tidy garden bar and even new kitchen and bathrooms!
Completely revamped menu, look and attitude: the new (local) owners have poured their hearts and souls into turning this place around, to make one of the most authentic-feeling village pubs I've ever been to.
Absolutely no pretensions, but a lovely relaxed atmosphere with young, attentive staff and great pub food in the English-pub style of hearty servings of good, simple comfort food. Their fries are to die for.
It's worth the drive.
neat old building and nice to have a drink, but wouldn't eat the food again, was very disappointed, for the price of the meals verses the quality, pre frozen take away styles, and meals that don't live up to what is written, packet mash potatoes, very poor presentation, very sad to spend decent money for such bad quality, and then to add to that you are given a beeper to come get your own dinner form the bar in a takeaway fashion with restaurant prices, and the place is not even busy to warrant this strange uninviting manner,
with the amount that was spent on the meals, it would of been better to buy your own food and cook it and still have money left over for the next few nights, such a sham to go out a fell that people are cooking food that have no idea how to cook or present or serve it, people go out to have a nice time and eat good honest food, not to be ripped off and served crap.
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