The Pig & Tinder Box

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$40 and under
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Australian
Country music and culinary creations!

While Tamworth is widely known as the capital of Australian country music, it’s not often celebrated for its restaurant scene. However, this venue has changed all that.

Housed within one of the town's most iconic heritage buildings is The Pig and Tinderbox. Owners Chris Cornforth and Fraser Haughton have struck gold with this innovative modern restaurant which is packed out most nights. These two are bringing a taste of Sydney’s small bar scene to the country, with quirky industrial decor and a menu that focuses on sharing. There is also an impressive drinks list with plenty of craft beers and cocktail jugs on offer.

The unusual name harks back to the old-school pubs of the past, but what Cornforth and Haughton have created is something that will be sticking around well into the future.
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J
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We have eaten here often over three years and the menu now is not good. Our food this week was mediocre and the calamari noodle dish to be honest was horrible and tasted strange. The two trout salmon dishes were unavailable and we arrived at 12 noon before the lunch rush. Wasn’t impressed and had taken a business colleague there who was also disappointed. Service became very poor once it started filling with not enough table staff. Shame as we always liked it. Bring back the previous pork belly dish. The goats cheese sourdough dish elect etc.

JP
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I often to The Pig and Tinder for a meal and I have noticed of late the service is really lacking.
Our booking was for 5.45pm and it was half an hour before our drink order was taken, my friend was at the bar waiting to order as there was a wait there too. I don't know if there weren't enough staff, but the service was really sub-par.
Thank you

K
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Thank you for our booking on Saturday. The food was lovely! Unfortunately there were a few things on that night that made it not so nice as we have had before.

We were a little disappointed by the amount of mistakes with not only our food but so many with our drinks!

The first disappointment was we arrived early for a few drinks prior to our meal and that took around 20 minutes to receive them and because the 2 beers were sitting there for that time they had gone flat and the waitress had to get a spoon to stir it to make it appear to have a froth. We even questioned them on this but they didn’t care or offer new beers.

We ordered the food and that lady was amazing but from there when we wanted another dish but without coriander that came out completely wrong and wasn’t even the dish we asked for, they tried again but brought out the dish out only for it to have coriander in it so we gave up.

Another difficult order was to get a scotch on ice. We asked for a scotch on ice and it came out as a whisky. They couldn’t understand what we wanted but eventually we got a scotch on ice after a lot of confusion!

The bill came to $470 so it wasn’t a small meal so unfortunately it was a little disappointing because we have had some lovely meals with you in the past and we took family to your restaurant for the first time this night!

AH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. First time coming for brunch but great. Really attentive staff, food delicious, coffee great and the mimosas very quickly refilled!

SF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad experience here. Definitely return customers. Never dissapointed

OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great night on the verandah enjoying our meal at our own pace. We just love the brussel sprouts!

CT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Hi
Just a fly in visit but not my favourite meal in Tamworth so far, staff are lovely and prompt place is groovy but for me not food options l liked

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely time sitting on the verandah and enjoying breakfast. Was a little disappointed that my friend had asked for a modification to her meal which was then applied to mine also... but was lovely just the same

OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a great evening, food was amazing, service was great.

RW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good night at the Pig and Tinder. Excellent share plates, plenty of variety. The salmon was superb. Great wine!

CP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal, as always.
I like the share plates as it allows diners to try dishes not usually selected.
I did mention to the wait staff that the link to the menu through Open Table is out of date.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found staff to be super responsive to requests. Glad to see Passionfruit Mojito back on Spring menu.
Husband enjoyed the Lamb ribs and daughter the Japanese style chicken. I had the truffle and mushroom arrancini which were nice, but would love to see the roasted beetroot arrancini back on the menu.

All in all , a great experience

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall

KF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better cocktails! Always impressed with The Pig.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Pig n tinder was my all time favorite restaurant. I personally am not a fan of the new menu after experiencing it twice . The old arancini balls were amazing as well as the gnocchi, deconstructed cheesecake. We were all relatively happy with the service. A beautiful young girl looked after our table and she was very attentive. Bring back the old menu!! 😊 cocktails were great

HO
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were served by pleasant and professional staff who were happy to help wherever they could. The area at the top with 8 at our table and another 6 women at a table next door proved to be a bit noisy but that was unavoidable. The food was tasty and the meals were a good size and good value. Thank you for making our lunch date pleasant.

RB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, and fast. My favourite spot in Tamworth

CH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team were absolutely amazing, full props to catering for our large group! The food was incredible, so delicious and the share plates the perfect amount. The staff were wonderfully welcoming and friendly, even as they had to get rid of us at closing! Huge thank you and would fully recommend

H
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It used to be great! I used to go here often. But the menu and food isnt right. Too many spices and over powering sauces. They need to focus on fresh and simple. They used to have great roast lamb pizzas and other tastey items like fresh tacos and vietnamese salad. No more. Give it time

BB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We were happy with the venue and service but I was disappointed with my meal

K
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great marketing specials. Delicious food and great wine. Service a little slow but overall a terrific evening.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A group of four of us had a lovely meal and catch up at the Pig & Tinder Box with the added touch of an unexpected really good bottle of wine.

SF
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I am a huge Fan of The Pig and regularly come. It's my favourite place to eat in Tamworth. However, was left a bit underwhelmed and disappointed after my birthday dinner on Monday 15th July. It took a while to be seated. Service was a little bit lacking that night but there was only two staff on so they were constantly trying to please everyone. My cocktail was delicious (something with lychee), but the food was a huge let down. My husband had the wagyu flank - it had no flavour whatsoever and went cold VERY quickly. I had the gnocchi and I wasn't a fan - certainly didn't wow me like I thought it would've. The previous menu was amazing, this one, not so much. I am sure I will be back at some stage, but probably not until the menu changes again. Also, I think it is great to offer a kids menu, but the one thing I liked the most about The Pig was that you didn't really cater for kids. I have two young boys of my own, but when I go out for dinner without them I like to go somewhere where there are NO kids so I can escape.

KT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our night out at the Pig and Tinder Box. Lovely old building with plenty of ambiance and the food was delicious. We really couldn’t fault the service and would definitely return.

CA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The staff at the P&T are top notch and they clearly love their work. They make the good vibes go around because they are pumping positive energy. We missed the taco's on this menu but the pulled pork croquettes were a winner.

SG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

There were several mistakes on our bill, and we realized when we got home that we had still paid twice for something. Other than that was great.

SM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely place to have and/or a drink. Great attentive waiters and fabulous food.

k
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table of 10 people, A bit hard sharing the food, but the service was outstanding from a great blonde girl forgot her name, had great laughs with her, she made the night fun. Oh we had varing ages from children to old farts that have never been there before. Thanks Kathleen

SK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice indoor setting though it gets a bit noisy, to be expected on a Saturday night though. The food was superb and the staff were all very friendly and extremely courteous. I’ll definitely be visiting again when I’m in town next.

LK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good food and service. The service is quick and the restaurant pleasant. Worth a visit.

CR
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were served by Maire! Amazing service, she added to the relaxed environment and made suggestions on what to eat and drink!
The food was also amazing.
I will definently be recommending the pig and tinder box to everyone!

SW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was really bad, really non existent. Disappointing, has usually my go to place for great food & service!

C
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pig & Tinder Box is not only the best dinning experience in Tamworth but one of the best dinning experiences I have had on this globe. The menu is diverse & exquisite (both food & drinks), the venue is comfortable & visually pleasing, staff are friendly & the music is spot on.

CJ
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb oyster blade for 2 - DROOL! A must for any meat lover with a healthy appetite.

BB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Tables are too close together, no privacy, you can hear the next tables conversations, not a romantic or intimate layout, food was good,

MO
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Everything was so tasty and fresh