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ARE YOU READY FOR THE RUGBY WORLD CUP? THE PIG & WHISTLE IS.

WRITTEN ON 19 September 2019

The Tutanekai St pub, which is known for its screening of big sporting occasions, is pulling out all stops for All Blacks fans this Rugby World Cup campaign.

 

Owner Gregg Brown says he wants to guarantee all round coverage so is screening the Sky Sports stream and the pub will show all games. This means if you’re a Wallabies, Springboks or England supporter - among all other rugby nations - then you can also head on over to the pub for your rugby fix.

 

The Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan on September 20. The All Blacks first match is on September 21, 9:45pm, against South Africa. You can enjoy a New Zealand brewed beverage while giving the All Blacks your support - and if you choose the Moa Session Pale Ale you will be contributing to two local charities. For the last two months one dollar from every litre sold has been donated to the Rotorua Trails Trust and the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club first response unit and that partnership will remain for the summer. “We sell more pale ale in summer than winter but so far it’s been really popular as drinkers learn of the partnership,” says Mr Brown. “Knowing that they are supporting local charities has helped sway some drinking choices to this brew. “We decided to donate to these two charities because I’ve been involved directly over the past few years and I’ve now retired from that space. It’s a way of still making a contribution without directly being involved.”

 

There have been some great additions to the drinks menu this year and now it’s almost time for the meals to switch up for summer. The summer menu will launch around Labour Weekend. Gregg says that the kitchen team have been working on some new dishes over the past few weeks in their prep kitchen and diners will have some nice surprises in store. “But we also have some customer favourites making a return. The menu will suit warmer days with lighter dishes and salads.”

 

There’s a lot going on at the busy pub. It has also added a second quiz night to its roster due to overwhelming demand for its regular Thursday night quiz. With quiz goers arriving before 5pm just to claim a table for the 6.30pm start it was apparent there needed to be another offering. Many regulars are all set to start the quiz with an hour to go, and use that time to enjoy the pub’s menu and socialise before the serious business gets underway. “People were leaving because they couldn’t find a seat - or even somewhere to stand - so we knew we had to meet these demands. “It’s a completely different quiz - so no cheating for the Thursday quiz - but with the same popular format. We’ve had 10 teams in the first few weeks so it’s been a good decision.”

 

And even though spring has only just sprung, bookings are already being taken for Christmas functions. From work dos, family dinners and festive birthday’s we are happy to host your celebrations.