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“A Jewel in Cessnock” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 221 Restauarant & Bar

221 Restauarant & Bar
221 Vincent St, Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia
61249913700
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Ranked #4 of 90 Restaurants in Cessnock
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary, Australian
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Nowra, Australia
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A Jewel in Cessnock”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We were dubious when the motel we were staying in recommended "the restaurant in an old pub" but choices in Cessnock are limited. We went with trepidation but were more than pleasantly surprised. What a delight to have superb food, great wine and excellent service at a very reasonable price. The pub has been tastefully decorated and is a great meeting place offering leather arm chairs and soft lighting. Cloth covered tables in the restaurant along with soft floor covering reduced noise, so none of the usual loud clatter you get in eateries these days. We had entree sized meals which were fresh and delicious with sides of salad, seasoned zucchini and fries, followed by desserts you would only expect in a world class restaurant. We definietely did not leave there feeling hungry! No need to head off to the overpriced wineries for a dinner to remember. 221, you do Cessnock proud!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise - Experience more in the Hunter than Pokolbin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

What a pleasant surprise! I come to the Hunter regularly for work and decided to venture out of Pokolbin for once. Two different friends had recommended 221 and I am happy I listened.

221 is great value - Fresh and gourmet without the price tag. The dips tasting plate was divine - House made baba ghanoush, hommous and olive/tomato with toasted garlic/olivey ciabatta and Turkish bread. The serving was enormous and I barely finished my main of crumbed fish fillet with hand cut chips with rock salt (AMAZING), house-made tomato sauce and green beans. Even though I ordered from the bar menu (rather than fine dining), it was a nice touch to see most things made in house (tomato sauce, chips, sauce).

I had a looooooong lunch and the staff were very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble and the service was friendly and polished.

Will definitely return for the degustation!

PROS - Affordable, quality produce, good service and plenty of parking
CONS - Not in Pokolbin (this can be a plus as it's cheaper!) and a little quiet. Wish I saved room for dessert.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“a la carte - a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices decor very nice.. bit upmarket for pub food.. service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via Local Picks

wouldn't eat A LA CARTE there again.
! "a la carte - a menu having individual dishes listed with separate prices"
over priced for the amount of food on plate . SMALL servings !
decor very nice.. bit upmarket for pub food.. service very good..
would go back for pizza only

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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fabulous service and food, don't let the pub location put you off”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This is fine dining in the centre of Cessnock - there are a lot of fine dining pretenders in the town but 221 one hits the mark.

Visited September 2012
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Gold Coast, Australia
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“Remind yourself - this is Cessnock!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

What a find - tipped off by a local, and we were certainly pleased that we took their advice. This is a great dining experience. Refurbished pub, tastefully decorated, roomy restaurant with an open kitchen overlooking diners. We chose the degustation with matching (mainly Hunter) wines. Each course - superb! Wines, without exception - well matched and, like the food, in generous proportions. Price - remarkable. Nothing could be faulted.

We'll be looking for an excuse to get back to the Hunter just to eat here again!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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