Thistle Inn

Go on an historic and culinary journey at one of the oldest establishments in New Zealand.


Dine - August 1 - 15

Mrs Coupers Famous Game Pie

The Thistle Inn has stood here, on Town Acre 515, since 1840, when William Couper served his first rounds. Then it was a single-storey, gabled building with attics above. Until the 1876 reclamation, it faced the beach and people walked, rowed or paddled here to slake their thirst and sate their appetite, a real favourite of the locals was Mrs Couper's game pie. Sadly the recipe was lost in the fire of 1866, however, we have done our best to replicate and refine this dish using locally sourced venison from Awatoru and smoked pork belly from Scottie's meat in the Wairarapa.

Dish Description: Awatoru wild venison with smoked pork belly, wild rabbit, tahr, fallow deer, wild goat and wild pork in a rich Palliser Estate Pinot Noir gravy with flaky puff pastry top with a pacific oyster and parsnip purée.

    *Cannot cater to dietary requirements

Price: $25

Availability: Lunch & Dinner

Regional Beverages

Palliser Estate, Pinot Noir: $14

Burger - until October 3

Umami Mommy

Primestar coarse-ground chuck and brisket patty with bacon, cheddar, Japanese-style pickled cucumbers and red miso burger sauce in a Zaida's bun, with furikake seasoned parsnip crisps.

  • GFGluten Free_possible

Garage Project Beer Match: Raspberry Cabaret

Price: $24 / with Garage Project beer $34

Availability: Lunch & Dinner