Ploughmans Restaurant & Bar Taupo Review

Ploughmans Restaurant and Bar is a venue located at 45 Charles Crescent, Rainbow Point, Taupo 3330, New Zealand. It has served as Taupo’s favorite meeting spot for friends and neighbors since the 90s where locals and visitors from other places gather around and get to know each other.

The restaurant’s food style is classic with a contemporary feel and mixes traditional English dishes with pacific flavored cuisine. There is a large open fireplace just within the bar area for cold nights where you can watch a large flat screen TV, have a friendly chat with the locals, and enjoy a wide variety of great New Zealand beers and imported ones as well.

Food Menu and Beverages.

Ploughmans Restaurant and Bar has an excellent menu with some interesting food options. It has been divided into four sub-menus, the lunch menu, the dinner menu, and the kids’ menu.

For lunch, you can choose from a list of standard meals, big meals, and desserts.

Standard lunch meals include garlic bread, Ploughmans plate, chicken salad, seafood chowder, shrimp cocktail, seafood salad, roast vegetable salad, crumbed scallops, Ploughmans chicken wrap, Ploughmans vegetable wrap, and fish & chips.

If you are feeling hungrier than usual, the big lunch meals will get you sorted with meals such as a crispy chicken burger, battered fish burger, Ploughmans venison pie, the Ploughmans works burger, Ploughmans harvest burger, and a delish sirloin steak.

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For those who are in the mood for some sugary treats, there is a good choice of tasty desserts which include banoffee pie, cassata parfait, the trio of fruit fritters, cheesecake of the day, ice cream sundae, and Ploughmans cheese board.

If you are looking for some late night meals, the dinner menu has various options to choose from such as entrees, main dishes, premium meals, desserts, and burgers.

To start you off, the entrees feature meals such as roast vegetable salad, lamb kidneys & bacon, traditional crispy garlic loaf, seafood chowder, shrimp cocktail, crumbed scallops entree, deep fried camembert, chicken salad, Ploughmans plate, and seafood salad.

A comprehensive list of mains consists of dishes such as crumbed chicken breast, roast vegetable salad, lamb shank, curry of the day, Ploughmans harvest burger, fish & chips, and Ploughmans famous venison pie.

For those looking for some well-crafted food, the premium meals include pork schnitzel, rib eye steak, salmon parcels, smoked pork chop, sirloin steak, and crumbed scallops.
Sweet lovers can choose from a variety of tasty desserts such as cassata parfait, banoffee pie, Ploughmans cheeseboard, a trio of fruit fritters, cheesecake of the day, and ice cream sundae.

Kids also have a good variety of small meals to choose from which include fish & chips, mini hot dogs, ham & pineapple pizza, mini steak, chicken nuggets & chips, and wedges.

Lunch Menu Sample Ploughmans

The Drinks Offered.

For beverages, the bar has a wide variety of drinks to suit all types of drinkers which include tap beers, bottled beer, a good selection of wines, cocktails, and several non-alcoholic drinks.

Pokies available at Ploughmans Restaurant & Bar.

If you were looking to play the pokies in the Rainbow Point, Taupo area then this venue is not your go-to venue. They do not have any gaming machines at the moment.

Functions and Amenities.

Both the restaurant and the garden bar have been built on an old English, Tudors them styled building The garden, which has been planted and boxed in a manner that resembles an old English garden, is just set off the main decking area.

There are plenty of parking spaces for everyone and the restaurant itself is very easy to spot a few minutes from town heading to the south.

There is ample space available to hold any type of function or occasion. Whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, fundraiser, birthday party, conference, or any other type of gathering, the function area is designed to suit all your needs.


Ploughmans Restaurant and Bar is a great English styled restaurant and garden bar with good food, fantastic beer, and welcoming staff. The venue has been around for a very long time and continued to serve a lot of patrons who have visited the place more than once.

If you happen to be in the Taupo area and have never been to Ploughmans before, pay a visit to this venue for a fantastic drinks and dining experience.

The venue is just an hours drive south of Rotorua on state highway 5, so it’s the ideal location for that weekend lunch away from the city area.

Opening hours

7 days from 11am to late


Phone 7-377 3422


Map and address

Ploughmans Restaurant
45 Charles Cres, Rainbow Point, Taupo 3330, New Zealand

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