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Cool Change Bar & Eatery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$24
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Why Cool Change? Cool change came to fruition for a number of reasons. Having frequented this stunning region for some years to escape the hustle & bustle of the city life at every opportunity, we saw a window to taste the Wairarapa life as residents & business owners. Hence why we thought it would be a Cool Change. We stumbled across the chance to convert one of the most ornate, beautiful buildings in the Wairarapa into a warm, comfortable, unique hospitality concept. The name derives from one of our greatest passions - music. Throw in the fact that we are vulnerable to the odd occasional southerly blast & fondness of "The Little River Band" Cool Change was born. Our facility consists of 1 private function room, seats 12 people. Our dining room features booth seating, open fire, period & deco lighting and retro wallpaper. The bar greets you on entry with a warm ambiance; sky TV when required & a wine list to tempt those taste buds. Cool Change cuisine will not disappoint as our Head Chef Rachel Priestley has weaved her magic around the globe - Italy, Switzerland, Austria, United States, France, Finland, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, China - Shanghai. Her cuisine is Italian inspired food, using the freshest ingredients including using her own italian salumi. Food and wine was her life and Rachel worked for 10 years in Italy. She produces all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, she has opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine. Rachel ran a truffle shop in Florence, opened a wine bar in Bormio for Amaro Braulio, a restaurant by the sea in Gaeta in a 14th century pharmacy, a restaurant in Naples for the Camorra - the Naples Mafia. And now she is back in New Zealand to supply you with fine Italian food and wine, cooking here at Cool Change Bar & Eatery.
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We went to Cool Change last night to watch the rugby. I was super impressed by the staff. They were really efficient, smartly dressed, super friendly and nothing was a problem. Also we had the bar snacks for dinner and they just what we needed. Overall a great experience. Even met the lovely owner!

Thank KathrynDelaney
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

We went to watch the rugby and ended up meeting the owner and his beautiful partner over a love of his choice of music. Ended up having a super fun night. We also had late night nibbles which were super tasty. Thank you so much!

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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

I thought the atmosphere, hospitality, friendly service and quality of food and drink was top notch. We had the Beef Wellington - it was very very tasty and complimented by the dusty road Pinot Noir.

Thank John H
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Reviewed 25 July 2018

We had dinner at Cool Change during a recent stay in Martinborough and were very pleased we did. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. The restaurant was spotless and well maintained. We enjoyed the décor, in particular, the photos of 1970’s VWs, etc. Strongly recommend the “fish & chips”. A word of caution, we had not booked and were lucky to get a table on a Friday night, the place was very busy but very comfortable - great ambience. Plenty of free car parking nearby.

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Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 14 July 2018

We were staying across the street at the Martinborough Hotel and ventured over for dinner. It looked like locals were the predominate cliental which was fine and that meant it was good. We had a tasty meal with very good beer and wine. The atmosphere and the staff was excellent.

Thank FloridaFolks55
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