4 based on 193 reviews
This place has a bar and a dining area and is pretty popular. The food was above average and there was plenty of it. The staff were on the ball and the service was good. It isn't fine dining but it is a very good feed.
4 based on 136 reviews
This is the perfect place to stop when you are doing the Forgotten World Highway roadtrip, the capital of the Republic of Whangamomona. Nothing much, just a hotel with a few store and the President Park. Like the humour of the people here. Interesting historical exhibit in hotel, paid $2 for the passport stamp.
Long ago the bullock drivers stopped for an ale at the Toko Tavern as they carted supplies to pioneers opening up the Taranaki's eastern hill country. Now days drivers might whizz through the tiny settlement of Toko as they venture on to the scenically stunning Forgotten World Highway to Whangmomona and beyond.They're missing an absolute treat if they don't stop for an ale or an espresso. It's recently undergone a major refit and is trendy, warm and welcoming.Hunting trophies, historic photos and sporting memoriabilia adorn the walls. Dolly, the tavern's cute shar pei pup,might lift a wrinkled eyebrow in welcome. But bar owner Lori is always on hand with a smile for strangers and locals alike.There's a good selection of beers, spirits and wines. The burgers and pizzas are beaut and great value.The local historian tells me the tavern stands on the site of the original, built around 1899 but destroyed by fire. A replacement was built around the corner, but that too burnt down. The current tavern was built in 1934 but has undergone a transformation since then.The locals are happy to yarn, and one of them will pull you a beer if Lori's busy in the kitchen. It's that kind of place.If you're driving from the Taumarunui end of the highway, it's a welcome stop before the bright lights of Stratford.Highly recommended.
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