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Cool Change Bar & Eatery

) #7 of 21 Restaurants in Martinborough $$ - $$$ , ,
8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
+64 6-306 9665
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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Bar, Wine Bar, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here after a day at the Vineyards to plan our evening , cool retro Vibe, nice hot chips. Friendly Service. Right in the middle of town also, so handy to most locations in Martinborough. Highly Recomend

Thank carlosta83
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed one night in Martinborough (wine country) whilst following the British & Irish Lions down to Wellington, this place was buzzing with rugby fans and locals alike, the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, and despite the place being packed the staff were easy going and...More

1  Thank uanls
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent vibe and decor. Great for all occasions. Meeting place for old and young with good space set aside for dining.

Thank Picklebuckets
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on our first night in Martinborough - A great way to start to our trip. Great food! The place was busy, staff were friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended!

Thank maryanntodd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in while following the British Lions rugby tour and by chance ended up sitting with a local called Tim who was great company just like so many of the people we have met since arriving in New Zealand. The staff were short staffed...More

Thank TriManLowestoft
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great ambiance in this cool venue on the corner of the main town square. Food excellent, wine even better. Soundtrack with some forgotten greats from the past. Great night out meeting new friends and the owner in this top town

1  Thank Tracy R
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Food was pretty good but what would you expect for $36 per meal? Service was lack lustre to say the least.

Thank arathorn81
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Came here, dining solo. Pork belly was sensational, as was creme brûlée. (I didn't write 'brûlée' all fancy, that was autocorrect). Lovely service and vibrant atmosphere in the bar. Will definitely be back with my partner to try the shared Lamb dish.

1  Thank Harpursbizarre
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

In town for a night on business. Had a few beers plus dinner. Really enjoyed the pork belly. Highly recommend you visit.

Thank Brad W
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Cool Change is a must, 6 of us had dinner here last night, food and service was excellent, the restaurant was full but we didn't have to wait long for all our meals. Highly recommend if your in Martinborough

Thank Mish580531
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 7 - USD 27
Bar, Wine Bar, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 01:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wairarapa  >  Martinborough
  • Phone Number: +64 6-306 9665
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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.
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