The Pig & Tinder Box

4.5
85 reviews
$40 and under
Australian

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Casual
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.
What 85 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IsabellaJ
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cocktails! Plenty of vegetarian options which was great for my mum. The Wagyu was to die for!

CB
CharleneB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic night! Again!!!
Dined there a few weeks ago and it was brilliant. This time round and I was not disappointed! Brilliant service, they adjusted our order to suit the number of people and price was excellent! The drinks were awesome - love the pineapple jug and Pims. Looking forward to our next visit. Thankyou Pig

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AmyR
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Great vegetarian and some good gluten free options.

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MarissaRoberts
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great location, Good food selection.
Attentive caring staff & on the ball.

Always pop in when I come to tamworth.

NT
NathanialT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was good, service was excellent and the bill was extremely reasonable. Overall it was an excellent night. The restaurant/bar does get a little harder to hear in as it gets busy due to echoing but the distance between tables does limit this a little. Overall, I highly recommend

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DLBRoadTrip
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food
Excellent serving sizes
Friendly welcoming staff
So good we went back the next night!

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AliceB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place to meet with friends and enjoy some share platters and drinks

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TGIF
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A pleasant experience on an unusually windy evening. The staff were very attentive and accommodating of seating considering the terrace was unfortunately not a great option on this occasion. Drinks were great and food appetising with a lot of Asian influence. Perhaps the tapas could have been staggered a little since there were only 2 of us but that’s a minor detail. Have dined there before and plan to return to actually enjoy the ambiance on the terrace!

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FirstTime
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Food was excellent. Would have ordered more food after entree but staff kept ignoring the table wifh empty plates and we told both servers when we ordered entree rhat we would keep the menu so we could order more. I raised this when I paid the bill and the response was “you should have put yourrhand up”. No, you should service the tables properly.

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DeborahM
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect food and great service and cocktails are fantastic

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TimB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff and great service. The food is delicious, but portion sizes are miniscule and ludicrously overpriced. I went with my wife for our anniversary. Our bill came to $73, including a drink each, and we left still hungry.

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PatsyB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A group of three met for dinner on a Monday night. The reservation was made using Open Table which generated a request to confirm or cancel the day prior. I was also rung the day of the booking because somehow I had accidentally double booked. The communication was helpful and courteous.

One member of the party is Gluten Free and those options are not marked on the menu, which would be helpful, however Scott readily explained which dishes are GF. Drinks were served soon after ordering as was the food; and there were several checks during our time regarding satisfaction and if anything further was required. Two of us had the roasted vegetable salad which was very tasty; and the other person a prosciutto pizza. Meals can be individual or tapas style shared.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Service was good , tasting plates added variety

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Cher
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The seats where we sat were a bit high for us and not very comfortable.
But I have to say the food was delicious.

JT
JamesT
Sydney / NSW
15 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was outstanding from the young guys whilst simultaneously being run off their feet with lower staff numbers due to Covid19 seating restrictions. Food selection was smallish but interesting which delivered on presentation and taste.

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HeidiS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good ambiance, quirky menu and mostly outstanding service. Would highly recommend.

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NicholasC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A pleasure to share lunch in a pleasant venue with attentive service.
We will be back

BP
BrettP
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent night, brilliant food with exceptionally funny staff.

KM
KieraM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always friendly service and the food is amazing!

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CathyD
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice ambience, great beer on tap and food well done. Service was pretty good also.

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MelanieS
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed the bao buns, we particularly loved the pork ones, the service was great, and we can't wait to go again.

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GavinF
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Surprisingly excellent dinner in Tamworth! Fantastic location and good service

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CarlaB
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tapas lunch
Arancini was top notch
Great device

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited for a lunch, lovely food and quick attentive service. Make sure you have the bao buns :)
Thanks

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Annabel
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, we had a great time, good was delicious

JH
JessH
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food. My most favourite place in Tamworth to eat.

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johnp
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful evening. Amazing food and drinks. Awesome service. Fabulous playlist.

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Livvy
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Awesome food, cocktails and service.

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JackyC
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We were told we had to leave and had 7 minutes to finish our meal. Seems no one told us when we arrived that we had a 2 hour window to eat and leave. This was not due to social distancing as all tables were full. Very disappointed as we were intending to stay at least another couple hours and ordering more food. Would not have booked if I knew we were going to be asked to leave only after 2 hours.! Food was great though.

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Snazzy
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service and awesome food.

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LauritaQ
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome, well presented and very tasty food.
Loved everything from the simple garlic pizza to the beef carpaccio!
Next time we will try the desserts too!!!!

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KateE
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Amost the best ever. Tried things i dont usually order and LOVED them all.

KM
KatharineM
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great food, friendly, helpful staff.

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KateC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We had the ‘Feed me’ option - 5 dishes. All except one were really flavoursome and delicious. Tuna tacos were disappointing (especially compared to the preceding dishes). Ambiance nice. Service very good. We had a lovely evening.

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MareeD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent waiter service and delicious food. We just love the atmosphere and will definitely visit again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous, as per usual!

BP
BronwynP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, menu and service. Highly recommended.

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Tanyamarg
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sooo delicious. Korean chicken, dumplings and the pastas were faultless. It was our favourite place on our visit to Tamworth.

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Chenk
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Due to COVID regulations we were the only diners for most of the night. Excellent food, an exceptional wine suggestion from Luigi after our favourite not being available. A special night for a birthday celebration. Would highly recommend and we will be back again. Menu modified but still some really great food, especially the Haloumi salad.

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BeauJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, lovely food. Our absolute favourite place for dinner in Tamworth.

FAQs

The Pig & Tinder Box is rated 4.5 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.