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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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“lamb” (23 reviews)
“fish tacos” (5 reviews)
“scotch fillet” (10 reviews)
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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 19 April 2017

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
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...More

Thank waterdave1
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We loved the atmosphere and the super friendly staff . Food was good and the wine selection great. And you get a good glass of wine for your money. Highly recommended

Thank Ikat58
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

2 visits to Cool change during our visit to Martinborough. Great tapas, great service, great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Less formal but with it's a great ambiance, more lively than the neighbours! But besides the decoration the food is the best part! :)

Thank thomasgrayc
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Caught out in Martinborough without a reservation, Cool Change was super busy but there was a table for dinner! It hadn't been on our list as didn't really fancy standard pub food. Boy were we surprised. Ended up getting a 3 course meal that was...More

Thank Mobes316
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The service is was good but found the servings too large and not overly pretty presentation.The grilled steak tasted burnt (not nice) on the outside and infact 3 of us had this and none of us liked the taste. Overall disappointed - they could decrease...More

1  Thank Georgianaberry
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Almost worth the trip to Martinborough for this alone! An informal cafe /restaurant with a very relaxed bit friendly service. We shared a starter and then the lamb. It was then and now even three weeks later in New Zealand the best lamb dish we...More

Thank Martinherts
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We arrived in Martinborough on a very hot day and decided we needed refreshing with a glass of cider. As we enjoy trying different types in the UK we saw a brand called Zeffers that was new to us. We said "yes" to ice,which in...More

Thank ann m
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Cool Change Bar & Eatery is an interesting place. Frequented by tourists and locals alike, its is a very popular place and well worth a visit. It has a good menu but doesn't offer such a wide range of dishes found in some. That said...More

Thank Bridstow
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
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
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
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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