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Cafe Clarence

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Hotel Ulmarra | 2 Coldstream Street, Ulmarra, New South Wales, Australia
02-6644-5305
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: This is a delightful cafe/restaurant that provides excellent low priced...
This is a delightful cafe/restaurant that provides excellent low priced meals in a setting on the banks of the Clarence River. It is right beside the Pacific Highway and is an excellent break point for those driving the Sydney-Brisbane highway. We have eaten there twice in the past week and were most impressed. We think it should be better known, especially as the service is especially friendly.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A great find!

We were travelling and stopped here for lunch in both directions. We sat outside by the river as it was sunny, beautiful garden. There was an open fire in the bar also. The food was really excellent! Fresh produce, good variety. A really beautiful spot!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
John C
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

We were travelling and stopped here for lunch in both directions. We sat outside by the river as it was sunny, beautiful garden. There was an open fire in the bar also. The food was really excellent! Fresh produce, good variety. A really beautiful spot!

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Murwillumbah, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Loved the open Fire place & the perfectly cooked steak for dinner. We won a meat raffle on this occasion was very happy with the service

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Perth, Australia
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Nestled on the banks of the river this little gem could be so easily missed. Take the time and stop off here for some superb coffee and the obligatory sugar hit. Had a half hour rest stop here and well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We arrived by boat, and stopped for lunch on the recommendation of locals. You could drive past on the Highway and never know this place was here! The food was excellent, and VERY good value for money: fresh, big portions, delicious and pretty cheap. The view is spectacular, we sat with the sun on our backs right on the edge... More 

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Shoalhaven
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Ulmarra is a historic town 14 klms north of Grafton and we'll worth a visit. While your there check out the Cafe Clarence in the Ulmarra Hotel on the banks of the Clarence River. The food is excellent and the service quick and friendly. The hotel itself is worth a visit as it typifies the old aussie pub. The Cafe... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

What a find. After a night in Grafton (as a mid-way stop over on the way to the Sunshine coast) my family were very keen to get in to holiday mode, preferably over a plate of hot food. We hit up trip advisor (searching based on location and a few personal preferences) and discovered this magical little spot. I almost... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

A hidden gem at the back of the hotel... Enjoyed delicious tea and fresh scones with cream and jam, sitting at a picnic style table alongside the beautiful Clarence river. Despite the cafe being really busy inside with the lunch time trade, sitting outside was very peaceful. No dogs around when we were here, however there were kids having a... More 

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Watanobbi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We have enjoyed this location for lunch. The food is well priced and the location is beautiful alongside the river.

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Forster, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Located on the banks of the Clarence River the cafe is part of the Ulmara Hotel. As soon as you drive down Coldstream Road you are stepping back in time with the tonship having en established in the 1800's. We share the Salmon with Capers on Turkish bread wlhich was very nice. As we were sharing we ordered a side... More 

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Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Stopped here on the way back from Burleigh Heads to Grafton. I ordered the Steak Sandwich which was very nice. My sister ordered salmon which she enjoyed. It has a great piece of land behind the hotel where you can sit by the river and have lunch. There were water dragons running around near our table. Pleasant no fuss venue.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hotel Ulmarra | 2 Coldstream Street, Ulmarra, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Ulmarra
  • Phone Number: 02-6644-5305

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

This is a delightful cafe/restaurant that provides excellent low priced meals in a setting on the banks of the Clarence River. It is right beside the Pacific Highway and is an excellent break point for those driving the Sydney-Brisbane highway. We have eaten there twice in the past week and were most impressed. We think it should be better known, especially as the service is especially friendly.

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