Pubs & Restaurants
There's no better place than New England High Country to indulge in a cold beer, award-winning wine, hearty pub meal or world-class restaurant.
No country town is complete without a pub, and luckily for New England, they've got some of the best pubs keeping both locals and visitors alike well fed and watered.
In Tenterfield you'll find the newly renovated Commercial Hotel - a place that wouldn't look out of place in inner city Sydney or Melbourne - serving up craft beers and tapas-style share plates.
Uralla is home to the warm and welcoming Top Pub, which offers the best feed in ton, a fairy light adorned beer garden and a hopping front bar where locals and travellers alike gather for sundowners.
Be sure to make a beeline for ‘the original gastro pub’ - the Walcha Road Hotel, where the chef (who is also a baker) serves up elegant meals as well as pub favourites. Set amongst Walcha’s trademark rolling countryside 19km from town, this is a charming, historic pub not to be missed.
Trivia and live music are also on the menu at pubs across New England, and many provide impressive accommodation options.
Top Pub, Uralla
Tasty pub grub, friendly service and live music at the best waterhole in town. Traveling around regional NSW you begin to notice a theme; most towns have a ‘top pub’, even if only colloquially. Generally speaking this refers to whether the pub is at the ‘top’ or the ‘bottom’ end of the main street, and in Uralla that rule holds true. But with an extensive menu full of locally sourced produce, a beautiful beer garden, an intimate dining room and friendly staff pulling beers for a bar full of locals, this particular pub is ‘top’ in more ways than one. Let’s start with the food. This isn’t just any old country town pub food; the meals at Top Pub are modern, creative and delicious. Locally sourced lamb, beef and pork are used, so why not try the African spiced lamb backstrap, the macadamia, honey and apple crusted pork cutlet or perhaps a big, juicy local steak. Seafood comes fresh from Coffs Harbour on the coast, so you might opt for the crispy skin salmon with Thai apple salad and chilli citrus dressing, or go with the chilli prawn and squid fettuccini. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available and they’re delicious – no boring old vegie stacks here! Instead try the mixed mushroom tart with goats cheese and sage served with lemon infused black rice, or the zucchini fettuccini, tossed with tomatoes, mushrooms, chilli, lemon and basil. There’s also the usual lineup of tried and true pub favourites, like chicken parmigiana, bangers and mash, burgers and a mixed grill. The menu is, in fact, enormous; even the fussiest eater will find something to love. The Top Pub has a live band every Friday, an open mic night every Sunday, and a busy bar room full of friendly locals most nights of the week. We reckon that’s how you know it’s a bloody good pub!
The Commercial Boutique Hotel Restaurant and Craft Beer Bar, Tenterfield
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