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Reviewed 26 November 2022 via mobile

I have been here a few times and always very enjoyable- the food is delicious. However, ice cream with your dessert would have made it 5/5

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 31 January 2022 via mobile

Such a unique place. We pre-ordered our main course in advance which makes The Cow Shed pretty sustainable. The food was delicious. We ordered steak, the pork and chicken. All were perfectly cooked. Bring your stretchy pants as the portions were large. We took home...a doggie bag for dinner the next night. We rounded off the meal with a perfect crumble with home grown fruit - delicious.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 19 December 2021

I agree with all the other fantastic reviews. We went for my wife's 50th, hadn't heard of the Cow Shed before and were frankly a bit unsure from the photos online. But there are few restaurants in Mangawhai so we booked it for our last...night there without expectations. Well...well, well well. What a lovely evening. I don't want to oversell it I'd just like to say if you like something a bit unique, if you like good farm fare simply cooked, warm service from people who grew up on the Cow Shed road and know local fare intimately, if you like something a bit special amongst the same same of restaurants everywhere in the world, if you like leaving a place with a warm heart and full stomach, give this a go. For dinner you have to pre-book and pre-order too which seemed weird but on reflection is really clever and environmentally really cool. I've worked in many restaurants high and low end globally and waste in all is a real problem. By ordering up front they can only order what they need so there would be a big waste reduction; more sustainable for them as a small business too I suspect. They make pies for the local market (worth a visit) which may well be the recipients of any further leftovers. Why don't all restaurants do this? Also, as a BYO you can select the right wine for the meal before you go. Enough said, thanks to Amy and Sam for a memorable night. Damn, one last thing...they have the best toilet, ever.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 26 January 2020

This is one of those restaurants that we’ll talk about for years to come. Great hosts, lots of vintage memorabilia to browse at and the food was sensational. Highly recommend this unique dining experience.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 10 November 2019

Heard about this restaurant during our last stay in the area, but we could not get a reservation. Knowing that we were returning, we reserved well in advance and we were glad we did. Wendy and Robert are fantastic hosts. Very welcoming. We got there...a little early and they suggested that we grab one of our drinks and walk the property. The place is eclectic with pieces and photos from around the world. The rule there is BYOB, so after enjoying a before dinner drink, we sat down to a feast. Starters was a vegetable puree with toasted to perfection garlic bread. We ordered the beef, chicken and lasagne. The 500g sirloin beef was a proper medium rare as ordered with a finely grilled exterior. The chicken skin was fought over by the three of us. The skin was crispy and the interior meat moist and tender. The lasagne was shared by all of us. Each meal came with salad and a baked potato. The potato was beautifully baked and was complemented with butter, sour cream and blue cheese. The dessert was apple cobbler with fresh cream. Overall the meal was great and the hosts serve a ton of food, which we happily brought home for lunch the next day. We cannot forgot Nicky, who catered to all of our needs. When we return to the area, The Cow Shed will be on our list.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

5 of us went here for brunch what a great place we all had a different choice from their very nice menu I had the big breakfast and the name says what I got .Eggs cooked the way you wanted sausage, home made beans, mushrooms,...wilted greens , sourdough toast and 3 beautifully cooked rashes of bacon .More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 8 January 2019

From the moment we arrived at the quirky converted cow shed we knew we were going to have a fun night. We were greeted by the owners and made to feel very welcome. It was suggested we might like to eat our entree out side...in the garden or what would once been the yards of the cow shed. It was a lovely summers evening and with our BYO wine in hand we enjoyed the tasty entree of bruschetta. One of the charms of the Cow Shed is that fact it is a set menu you just choose whether you want Chicken, Lamb, Beef or Vegetarian. But be warned the mains are huge, a whole chicken, 500gm steak or half a lamb rump. Not the place to take old Aunt Milly who is on a diet. But don't panic if you don't finish your meals, as they are quick to offer take home (doggie) bags. One thing I will say is the meat is cooked to perfection!! If you are in the area this is a great place to dine, but remember you must book. We will be back.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 31 December 2018

Oh my, do try the Cow Shed Restaurant and at this time of year, the Pop Up Cafe. Not only is the food incredible - both restaurant and cafe - (I've been several times and my dad insists on a visit when he's over from...Australia), but they use metal straws and store their food in pyrex rather than plastic. What a joy to have amazing food and environmentally conscious staff. They are the real deal. Rare to see excellent delivery of the three parts of what I consider most important in hospitality: a) such amazing customer service; b) bespoke, contemporary food with a twist; c) sustainability culture.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We booked the Cow Shed for our Anniversary dinner. It was a quiet night and only 1 other table was booked. It is a great place to look around with many interesting things to look at, even a hat collection to try on. You order...your meal before you arrive so you can just sit and look around. The hosts are very friendly and the crockery is quirky. I couldn’t believe when I ordered the chicken that it meant a whole chicken. A great place.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Great food and plenty of it. Excellent service and good prices. Quirky dining room and a great place to go with a group. Best news is - it is BYO. (Saves you the $$$ for the cab ride home)

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Each year the cow Shed opens a pop up Cafe for breakfast / brunch/ lunch. Thanks to Rob & Wendy's Daughter and Son in law, who come over from Melbourne for the month of January. This is a wonderful addition to the normal Cow Sheds...normal evening only hours. The food is top class. The service warm , friendly and very efficient. And can't wait for them to re open it next January.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Had a really nice morning here having Brunch with friends. The food is fabulous, the setting rural and peaceful and the service excellent. Try to get there before they close on 28 January.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere and very friendly welcoming hosts who love what they are doing. Good selection of food - some with a twist. Thoroughly enjoyed the snickers shake and French toast - highly recommend this for something different and a bit of a venture to the...countrysideMore

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Not our first visit to Rob & Wendy's establishment and once again a marvellous evening. Portions are generous. The atmosphere eclectic and that's part of the charm. Great to play dress-up while having dinner with the other guests joining in.

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

Top place run by amazing people, Great food and atmosphere every visit!!!! The Cow shed is such a unique dining experience and ultimate venue for any event.

Date of visit: December 2017
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