Thistle Inn

Thistle Inn

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Thistle Inn

We are one of New Zealand’s oldest public houses, originally built in 1840 and rebuilt
after a fire in 1866. The Thistle received the second liquor license issued in
New Zealand and is the oldest restaurant and bar operating from the original site.
We have been serving wonderful people such as you for the last 176 years.
Many influential New Zealanders such as Te Rauparaha, the great Maori Warrior
used to park his Waka at the front door and come in for refreshments.
Katherine Mansfield was another regular guest - see her poetry about one of her
experiences at the thistle hanging in the dining room. Dock workers, rail workers,
politicians, government workers and many others have been regulars over the years.
Experience first class dishes, local produce and excellent wines. Try our Middleditch
Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough which is exclusive to us!
The wonderful old building offers a lot more than meets the eye, with a large outdoor
seating area upstairs, two conference rooms with fantastic facilities, private dining room
and function room. We are open Monday – Saturday 10am till late (we will also open for
stadium events and large bookings on Sundays). Children’s menu is available
We hope you enjoy your time with us and please let us know if we can do anything
to make your time with us more enjoyable. We strive to ensure our customers go home
feeling full, satisfied and happy.


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Thistle Inn
3 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon
New Zealand


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