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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.
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.
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RECENT REVIEWS

Affectionately known as 'The Gladdy' the Gladstone Inn is a country bar and restaurant worth travelling for.
JaniceKapiti
JaniceKapiti
June 6, 2020.
Beautiful spot, excellent service Simply excellent all round. Warm and friendly, professional service. On the ball staff, eager to please. Food quick and excellent. Coffee good, wood-fired pizza great. Gorgeous wee outdoor area beside the river.
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Curiosity13070680029
March 9, 2020.
Dinner at the inn 10 out of 10 for excellent meal and great to visit a back country pub in the middle of such a rural community...2 mins drive from our just as excellent accommodation Summit Lodge
DrW
DrW
March 5, 2020.
Gladstone Inn is excellent! Gladstone Inn is excellent! I returned to this little gem in Feb with a small party. The food was as expected, excellent. One of the standout dishes is very simple, but super fresh, flavoursome & quite filling. Its the huge field mushrooms - they are absolutely delicious. The other outstanding feature is also price. The price is very reasonable & you will have no qualms with the costs. Its a lovely part of the world that deserves to be patronised by all. We love going on a weekday - its usually a little quieter at the venue & also the country drive out there is leisurely & relaxed too.
David J
David J
February 3, 2020.
Fantastic food We dropped in on the recommendation of a local vineyard. Excellent food and worth going to if you are in the area.
Michelle S
Michelle S
January 21, 2020.
Good example of a rural pub This rural pub set against the rolling hills in the eastern Wairarapa is authentic and welcoming. While there has been a pub here since the 1870s, the current single storey wooden building has its origins in the 1930s and retains some of the character of that era. Popular with the locals, it is quite a contrast to the winery eateries in this part of the world with their wealthy clientele who are mainly visitors to the area, and their modern, designer interiors. The pub offers a menu featuring classic kiwi pub fare - fish and chips, pizzas, burgers, and the like - done well and generous in size. On a Sunday lunchtime, the carpark was full and we were pleased that we had called ahead to book a table. Inside there were large and small groups enjoying catching up over a meal - from a large family gathering featuring three generations to groups of couples and young families. Children were welcome but weren’t dominating the space. There were five in our party and a pleasant table by the window had been reserved for us. The vegetarian in our group chose a vegetable pizza which was tasty with a good base, while another of us is gluten intolerant and he was able to get a version of the Gladstone burger which used two slices of gluten free bread in lieu of the burger bun. I went for the Gladstone Burger proper - a tasty pattie, fresh fillings, great bun and excellent wedges too. The dining area that we were seated in has a lot of character, with a fireplace as its focal point and bits and pieces reflecting the history of the hotel and the surrounding area. Things can slow up a little when busy, but they are well organised and the wait is not too long.

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