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Cool Change Bar & Eatery

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££ - £££
Bar, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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8 Memorial Square, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
+64 6-306 9665
16:00 - 01:00
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6 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
Martinborough, New Zealand
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well, the pieces of art and items reflected the 70s and all of us could recognise something from our parents or grand parents collections.....anyway...food was delish and we all had a variety. The steaks cooked to perfection, the fish so tasty I was in heaven with the taste of the vege ragout, prawns and bean salad (all warm) great flavours.... More 

Thank Hils51
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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158 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came as part of a group of people and the atmosphere is very relaxing and the surroundings a throw back to the 50s and 60s which is great. The service was very good but we did find the food to be totally overpriced for what you got and it wasn't that great either. Quite bland and although I would... More 

Thank Herbies1
Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in for a quiet drink on our first visit to the town. Checked out the menu and a local recommended the restaurant. The shared shoulder of lamb was perfect. Ian the chef whom we met walking thru the restaurant did an amazing job. We even managed to get the recipe from him. Has the great tuatara beer on tap... More 

Thank BoneCutlet
Whenuakite, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came to taste the wines of Martinborough and ended up at Cool Change for the evening and what an evening, one of the best in NZ ! A fantastic bunch of local people who entice any interested tourists to join in with their entertaining evening ! Thanks also to the owner who looked after everyone that night, cheers Jimmy... More 

Thank Tim H
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I regularly visit Martinborough in weekends, as we find it to be a real gem of a place to visit. I generally don't write reviews unless I've had a good experience when dining out. Last weekend my wife and I spent the weekend in Martinborough, after visiting our favorite vineyards we went to Cool Change on Sunday... More 

Thank team983
Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a beautiful day today, we decided to take our dogs for a lovely long walk around the vineyards. After which we thought we would call into Cool Change, a place we have been many times before for a drink. We were there last week with a few friends from Australia and it was a pleasant experience. As we... More 

Thank Torquay1959
Sydney, Australia
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121 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place was alive and had a great vibe to it! The service was friendly and the food delicious and of great quality!

Thank IanSydney2014
Wappingers Falls, New York
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Arriving in Martinborough mid to late on a Tuesday afternoon in February when just about everything was closed except for the pub, my wife and I somewhat reluctantly (because you don't know what to expect) went into the pub for dinner--it was the only place open. Great surprise--the food was brilliant!!

Thank waterdave1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Bar, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
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
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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