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“Amazing food - must try if you are in the area” 4 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 #2 of 76 Restaurants in Cessnock
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Amazing food - must try if you are in the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I was in the Hunter Valley for a mum & daughter weekend and I felt like a pub meal so I mentioned at one of the wineries, Tamberlaine, I had seen the Royal Oak Hotel and was considering dinner there and they said I must go, it is amazing. So I did and they were spot on.

I eat out a lot and I highly value friendly service and value for money.

The food here was delicious, generous portion sizes, an unexpected amuse bouche and petit fours to complete the meal and the wait staff must love their job because they were so friendly.

All up we paid less than $100 and had a glass of wine each, shared two entries and a main and we were very full when we left. The quality of the food was sensational. If we had time I would have liked a pre-dinner drink in the beautiful lounge.

If you are going on a weekend it is wise to book as it was busy.

The next day we went to the cafe also attached to the pub for a take away coffee and it lived up to my fussy coffee tastes!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“New Side street cafe was lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Recently visited the recently opened side street cafe of royal oak hotel. Was a lovely meal enjoyed by both of us. Fresh tasty coffee and meals. Plus a real treat was finishing the lunch meal with a chocolate shortbread filled with smooth salted caramel filling. Lovely.

Visited December 2012
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Newcastle
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172 restaurant reviews
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“A great find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Following an appointment in Maitland in the morning, we decided to visit Muse Cafe in Pokolbin for lunch. Unfortunately, it was booked out for a private function, so we consulted the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and made a reservation at 221.

The extensive menu and wine list were impressive.

The most popular item emerging from the kitchen was wood fired pizza – huge pizzas with generous toppings for $15!

We chose the Atlantic salmon ($32) and the wagyu rump ($38), with a side of hand cut chips ($6.50).

The delicious salmon was served with green and yellow beans and olive tapenade, and prettily decorated with tiny edible flowers.

The 300 gm rump was cooked perfectly and did not require a steak knife. The accompaniments of warm diced beetroot, spinach, a dollop of good aioli and red wine jus complemented the tender beef.

The generous serve of chips was hot and not too salty. The potatoes were smooth and tasty, but lacked “crunch”.

The ginger and lime crème brulee ($12.50) was smooth, with a perfectly crunchy toffee topping, and served with ice cream and a brandy snap - extremely generous for the price.

There were 14 wines by the glass. We chose the Briars Ridge cabernet sauvignon and the Piggs Peake sauvignon blanc, both $8.50.

Coffee, too, was particularly good - and we are fussy!

A great find – just a shame it is an hour’s drive from Newcastle. If only we had pubs in this city with the same standard of top quality food and service, backed up by a comprehensive list of interesting wines, and with everything at affordable prices!

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Local eatery worth trying”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

This is a terrific place, with top chefs. Pricey, but worth it. Very relaxed decor, easy parking, staff are friendly and professional. One of the best places in the Valley. Wine list reflects local area as well.

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“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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