It’s not often you can step inside a pub that first opened its doors in 1870…but at the historic Gladstone Inn you most certainly can. “The Gladdy” as it’s locally known, started life as a ferry house beside the Ruamahanga River, way back when a horse and cart were the only mode of transport. The original building burnt down in 1934, as the story goes, people were so keen to rescue the cases of beer, they ran straight past the full cash register which went up in flames! While the building you’ll find today has gone through various transformations, you’ll still find the same welcoming, country atmosphere from your hosts Ray and Lisa.
BEAUTIFUL RIVERSIDE SETTING
With its picturesque riverside setting “The Gladdy” is a top spot just a short drive from Masterton and Carterton. Sitting at the hub of the Wairarapa wine trail, The Gladstone Inn showcases wines from the vineyards of the surrounding region and we serve superb, country style cuisine using the freshest ingredients from local suppliers and our very own garden. In October 2014 we opened a new outdoor bar, with verandah, garden seating, plus a new woodfired pizza oven to complement the existing menu options. So if you’re after a nice relaxing time, with a fine beverage, fine food and friendly service, simply pop in.
Affectionately known as 'The Gladdy' the Gladstone Inn is a country bar and restaurant worth travelling for.
EXCELLENT Based on 213 reviews.
July 25, 2021.
Full car park we weren't hopeful to be walk-ins, group of 10, and get a seat but the staff worked it so we had the option of inside or outside.
Great service from the young female server - she knew her menu, provided some recommendations and what would appeal to the kids. The place was busy and she was running plates and taking orders without being flustered and with a smile on her face. You don't get that much these days.
Thai Pork, Prawn & Squid Salad - it was all fried and not quite what the diner thought it would be, and would go better if they were fresh pan seared prawns
Gladstone Burger and Panko Crumbed Chicken Schnitzel Burger - AMAZING
Pulled pork eggs benny - huge risk as it was an unusual mix, but it worked and the plate was cleared
Beef & Guinness pie - best pie the diner had ever eaten, he appreciated the layers of flavours and the mash. Our daughter is a mash aficionado and gave it a big tick
Kids pizzas - our kids said the pizza was too peppery which they'd usually hate, but not a crumb left and big smiles with 'pizza was 10/10' comment
Huge thanks to the chef and servers who made our unplanned Sunday family/friends meal the topping to a great weekend
We've been to the Gladdy many, many times and we have to say that the menu has been stepped up, its noticeable and appreciated
Will definitely go back to the greatest little country pub, and you should too, you won't be disappointed
June 6, 2021.
Great place to eat pizza and enjoy the sunshine
We regular visitors to the Gladstone Country Inn. It’s got a fantastic array of food & drink and being close to the river means the kids have something to do while mum and dad enjoy a glass of Sav Blanc in the sunshine. It really is a special pub and not parallel locally.
May 8, 2021.
We recently, along with a group of friends, called into the Gladstone Inn, for lunch, whilst on a caravanning holiday in Wairarapa. The pub has been done up since we personally had visited last (having been a Wairarapa resident), the outside seating is lovely with a view overlooking the river. The food was lovely, staff were great. A beautiful spot, and we highly recommend a trip out into "country Wairarapa" and enjoy what the Gladstone Country inn has to offer.
May 6, 2021.
Lovely little modern pub
Lovely little modern pub with tasty food and yummy wine. Outside seating is overlooking the river. Great atmosphere. Small menu well presented
April 21, 2021.
Old country pub with a modern kick
Beautiful old country pub and restaraunt, open fire, beer garden, pizza oven, family friendly, on the wine trail.
Pizzas to die for. Came here with a group of friends, service was excellent, warm and cozy on a dark winter night.
If you are in the area, you must stop in, you will not regret it. 5 out of 5
March 31, 2021.
Good portion size
Nice atmosphere, staff busy, bit of a delay between receiving each pudding. The meals however arrived close enough together.
Portion sizes were good, cheesecakes were bigger than most could finish.
Mouse was outstanding.
January 9, 2021.
Local legend deserves title - mostly!
The Gladstone Pub aka The Gladdy is the stuff of legends, having been around since the 1800s - and although it's had a few facelifts, it still has sense of history about it. The interior is basic yet cosy, but it's the verandah and outdoor spaces which everyone swarms to in the summer. Pretty standard pub grub on the menu, like fish and chips and burgers, but the Asian squid and pork salad was a stand out - more than making up for the lacklustre presentation. Wine selection is good - which you'd expect in wine county, it's a Tui pub so beer range disappointing! Service a bit slow, but most were nice enough. All in all, highky recommend if you're in the neighbourhood - about 15 mins from Carterton.
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