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US style BBQ food, served in a characterful dining room.

Open 5 - 10pm Closed Sun/Mon/Tues

18 Neville Street, Warkworth

09-425 7778

Dine at Gunners

Great family menu


• Book your private function • Catering is available • Contact us to discuss your requirements

Open: Thursday & Friday 5.30pm – 8pm Not Open Saturdays

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Who would have thought that li’l ol’ Warkworth would boast such a diverse range of great eating establishments. Take a wander down Neville Street and it seems the cuisines of much of the world are represented – traditional Kiwi fare (Gunners), French (So French Café), Italian (Aldo’s, Pizza Hut), American (Blue’s BBQ & Bar), Japanese (Asahi), Middle Eastern (Pita Pit), and, just a street away, European (Wharf Street Bistro). There are fun ways to enjoy your food too; regular live music at The Tahi Bar, and the chance to indulge in a bit of Beatles nostalgia at Let it Brew. Mahurangi Matters popped into a few of the establishments and asked chefs and owners to pick one of their favourite dishes and tell us all about it. The Tahi Bar When Rachel Cooney and Gareth Hedges took over at Tahi Bar, they were eager to complement their range of local craft beers with some fine food. Their latest offering is the Blackbrick Wing Platter, which comprises nine chicken wings prepared in three different styles. There are three sweet smoked paprika wings, three crispy American dry rub wings and three buffalo-style Kaitaia Fire hot wings. Rachel says the Kaitaia Fire ones certainly have some bite to them. The wings are paired with a persillade and sour cream/chive dipping sauce, and a crunchy sesame coleslaw.

Kaitaia Fire hot wings feature at The Tahi Bar.

Wharf Street Bistro

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Overlooking the river in the heart of Warkworth, Wharf street bistro is a charismatic eatery serving hear-warming food. The decor is intimate and warm,


relax and enjoy fabulous cocktails on the sunny balcony. Our highly

Ph: 09 422 2511

acclaimed menu includes fresh

seafood & organic meat. We serve

6 Wharf Street, Warkworth

an excellent selection of NZ wine and local craft beer.

Wharf Street Bistro owner Tahlia Meharry decides the bistro’s famous twice-cooked pork belly is the one she should highlight. “It’s so heartwarming, with delicious mouth-watering flavours,” she says. The pork is marinated in garlic and sage and served with a gourmet potato smash and creamy cauliflower purée. “It’s finished off with Ray’s Rocket (produced in Matakana), a perfectly cooked poached pear and crispy crackling – all dripping with our red wine jus. How does that sound?” Tahlia asks.

Aldo’s Chef Aldo Franckin finds it hard to pin down a single dish to talk about. He could wax lyrical about the calamari fritti or the chicken Marsala

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Mouth-watering twice-cooked pork belly can be found at the Wharf Street Bistro.