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Bar, International, Pub, New Zealand
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 13 May 2024

We booked for Mothers Day. This would have to rate as the best meal we’ve had in a very long time. All six of us were very impressed. The food was cooked and presented excellently as was the customer service. When the meals were brought...out it was apparent that they were short by one, this was rectified rapidly with many apologies and a complimentary drink. Definitely worth another visit. The mothers were very happy.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

Received a shrimp cocktail, but we sent it back because not ordered. The food we got was very good and on time. But the shrimp cocktail was included in the overall cost of$248.70. Table 7 (Pravin 21 Jan.2024.) paid without checking till I got home...to Papamoa……GRRR!,!. Pete W.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 24 December 2023

Disgusting service. Wasn’t called about my booking being given away said he rung me but never got a call!!! Gave away a booking when we had booked a month in advance for a 18th birthday party. Also had people coming over from Tauranga and had...to make last minute changes to find somewere to go to. Also the manager over talking over the phone calling his customer brutha. Bad communication given us a time that wasn’t even that time basically putting a time limit on the table when we wanted it for the rest of the day. Also because of the time of year it is not being understanding about the traffic on the roads because of the Christmas holiday season when you have a group of people coming from different places.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023

Have been here 3 different occasions for breakfast have been delighted by quality of meals, delicious coffee and very friendly staff. 2 eggs on Ciabatti toast, mushrooms, bacon, hash browns and baked beans cooked to perfection and excellently presented. Compliments to owners for financing the...street dining area.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023 via mobile

Had the best fish and chips in town tonight! We all had great food and the service was excellent. Loved the cheesecake! Really good atmosphere in there tonight, must make it a regular thing. Thanks Harry and the team.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 20 January 2022 via mobile

I chose a Vegetable Stack, which came with a buttery garlic sauce with the merest hint of chilli, and Crème Brûlée served with vanilla icecream and a raspberry sauce. Both were beautifully prepared and presented and surpassed my expectations. The service was faultless.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 16 October 2021

Meals were good. good 30 min wait for food even though only one other party in restaurant. Service was poor, no drinks requests taken after first one. Ordered extra side which did not come, was asked at end of meal if we still wanted it.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 8 February 2021 via mobile

Came in to try the new menu. It was gooood. Service was superb! Staff were friendly and extremely welcoming. Steak was great! And the ribs were good. If your going there for a couple cold beers for a catch up, would definitely recommend the shrimp...cocktail and a bowl of chips to go with. Would definitely recommend if your passing through and would like a chill place with awesome service.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 10 August 2020

rooms dirty, mold on walls, heater was broken with exposed wires, staff did not have wifi key, no towels and staff could not find any, generally a tip. would recommend upgrading to student flat for a cleaner experience. talked to staff and they were blunt...and didn't really care. I also got a room upgrade to get a toilet and that was even worse. checked out after night one loosing rest of my accommodation and checked in a motel. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTINGMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 1 July 2020

Food was amazing actually made us pretty full well presented And highly recommended also quite reasonable price for bigger groups with main meals and drinks included we were Fully satisfied . Floor wait Staff was quite attentive and courteous . Bar lad was exceptionally great...the lad with neck tattoo forgot his name Leon or something sorry but me and my mates will be back ;) .Overall best place in Matamata so far would recommend to others and we will be back team ;))More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 28 February 2020

... I'm not sure if they served me the horse or the jockey but it went straight through my stomach :-( The service was pleasant enough but the food was a long time coming , cold and grisly. Not sure if it was an off...day for the kitchen staff but I will not be returning to find out.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

We came for a birthday dinner, there were 11 of us. The service & food were excellent, the staff are very friendly & attentive. Plus there is a pool table to keep you busy while waiting for your meals. The menu is quite extensive &...reasonably priced. Definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 23 January 2020

Awful...still have no tv's in rooms in this day and age! If pouring with rain, nothing to do at all, oh there is a sports tv down in the bar, oh yes, got that all right.Heard at one stage that "people wreck the tvs???" aye...what?? Yousure wouldn't want to stay there at night if you had kids, bad enough for adults..Tiny little tea room, really airless and hot in the rooms, drreary place if visiting Hobbiton and wanting to stay over in Matamata, go to a proper motel if you can find one! Actually, Matamata was starting to smarten up last time we visited, with new businesses opening up. Trying it's best to go up a bit more upmarket! Horse and Jockey! You had sure start looking at making some changes! Where are the tv's in rooms, at least, that you promised years ago?More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 16 January 2020

My kids and us adults really enjoyed the food. It's a bit more of a pub atmosphere (at least for lunch); depending on where you sit you can see people playing pool. But that didn't deter the sweet old ladies having their weekly lunch, nor...should it deter you. It was a great atmosphere, the service was excellent and really friendly, and great for kids. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars only because IMHO it was a bit pricey (for lunch) even by NZ standards - although the portions were huge!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 10 November 2019 via mobile

Called in for Sunday dinner and pleasantly surprised by the quality of the meals. Salt and pepper calamari was very tender and the burger was huge. Excellent desserts to choose from and reasonably priced drinks from the bar. Service was very good and very friendly.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Horse and Jockey Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5