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The Helm

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Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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22 Ulster Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
+64 7-839 2545
12:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff are sooo friendly and the food is amazing!!! Can't recommend it more! Had the bacon wrapped prawns for a starter sooo tasty, the lamb rump was to die for. 😊 Just a great venue with the outside lights and garden bar.

Thank Kim B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit and it was very busy, well set out and had a good feel to it. Service was good for food and drinks. Meals were tasty without being exceptional , had a pleasant night

Thank Arn135
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Helm styles itself as a gastropub. I would say that the meals are standard pub meals based on items purchased from catering suppliers. For example I had the sea food chowder as a starter. Plenty of seafood in the soup, but it was salty and based on something like the MAGGI professional Seafood Soup mix and then the cook... More 

Thank Ragdad
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Starter was garlic bread which was lovely - warm bread with butter and also gave you each butter on the side if you wished to have more. Main: Medium rare steak with mash potatoes and vegetable - Steak was beautiful with creamy mushroom sauce, potatoes were great and the vegetable were tasty and crunchy (note: vegetable were crunchy so if... More 

Thank Terri D
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting family and friends in Hamilton while in NZ for a conference. Dined with friends for a casual Friday lunch and enjoyed the ambience of the place which offers a selection of seating options both indoor and out. Good selection on the menu and is very well priced offering good value from both the kitchen and the bar. We settled... More 

Thank Mike R
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were introduced to this bar/restaurant by our clients on a recent business trip . Wow a good old fashioned bar with restaurant standard food , friendly staff and great music and close to where i normally stay [ staggering distance as it turned out ] . I'll be back .

Thank allanrmckenzie2016
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I whish we arrived later to have dinner as between 3-5pm there is only pub good avilable. The beef burger was very good, the meat was tasty and juicy, tomato and lettuce were fresh, fried onion rings and bacon yummy. The pizza was a real mail fav. I guess, I would rather go for another type as it was a... More 

Thank ltund
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Handy to town, good vibe, great music, extensive menu and deals. Clean bathrooms and friendly staff.

Thank Sammy W
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited for dinner following reading reviews on Trip Advisor. We weren't disappointed. Bacon wrapped prawns for entree were tasty. I had seafood Fettuccini which was delicious and generous with seafood. She had pork with kumera coquettes which was wonderful. Highly b recommend The Helm

Thank Bots1560
Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Another long day of traveling and we were hungry. A wrong turn brought us to the helm and what a pleasant surprise! The meals were beyond pub level. Extremely well made, delicious, hot and worth every penny. The staff were friendly and helpful. Indoor and outdoor seating available

Thank Janine P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Ulster Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +64 7-839 2545
The Helm is Hamilton’s premier tavern destination offering a comprehensive range of New Zealand and International draught beers, including Heinekin on tap. Set a course for The Helm to experience one of Hamilton’s leading hospitality businesses. If you’re a rugby fan, there is simply no better place to enjoy a few drinks before and after all the games at the nearby Waikato Stadium.Browse the wide range of options on their food and beverage menus and enjoy the space and comfort of the most state of the art garden bar in the Waikato.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?