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“character filled pub in a classic australian country town”
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Peel Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Nundle B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“character filled pub in a classic australian country town”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

we had heard of the Nundle pub from friends and had been wanting to stay in a classic pubs rather than soulless motel rooms on a road trip from bangalow to canberra and back. Nundle is about 40 mins outside of tamworth, and this road trip had proven to us its much better to stay in small towns rather than the larger centres.
the small town of nundle is absolutely gorgeous and very charming.
the pub is simple and not particularly luxurious but its so comfortable and full of atmosphere.
Our room (room 8) was perfect for us and our young daughter and it had an ensuite. perfect. yes it was noisy at about 7pm or 8pm but who cares, we just went to sleep at 9pm! it's part of the pub charm. Our daughter slept easily when it was noisy earlier anyway. the room was really cute, almost like an attic room, and the ensuite was clean and recently renovated. it had everything we needed, tv, tea making facilities, bedside tables and lamps, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, cute old furniture, great shower, heat lamp in the bathroom and even a couch!
Loved the big verandahs.
the restaurant was great, really good pub food...nothing 5 star but that wasn't what we were after. My steak was great. keep it simple, order something you would expect in a pub.
and the sticky date pudding! wow! scoffed in 2 minutes flat.
we had drinks outside and out the back, and the pub was pumping on a Friday night. great vibe, people having a good time.
breakfast was great, with the owner cooking our bacon and eggs. nice dining room.
forget tamworth, and other larger towns, the detour to this place was worth it and such a beautiful drive.
I like a bit of luxury like the next person, but when I don't go for luxury I just want atmosphere and character and this place has it.
We'll be back, it's just a matter of time.

Room Tip: if you have a child with you, book room 8
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

I booked a twin room in this hotel as I was traveling up to Nundle as part of an organised motorcycle charity fundraising ride in early June 2012. The room was booked at least two months in advance and the price quoted was as per their website. When we arrived, there were also a number of other motorcyclists from the same group staying there. When I went to pay and collect my room key, I was charged a higher amount ($20) than originally quoted. When I queried this, their response was that I was part of the motorcycle group, and that was the 'agreed price' with the motorcycle group, regardless of the standard of room!!! I never actually booked this as 'part of the motorcycle group', so I queried their logic. Their response was "Good luck finding somewhere else in town". They had a point - we were quite a large group and had booked out everything in town that was available.

So up to the room I go with my mate, only to find a tiny room with very limited facilities, and what can only be described as a dangerous concoction of electrical wiring providing power to various appliances in the room. There was an extension cord behind the bed, leading to a fully loaded power board, which lead to another fully loaded power board, which had a column heater and the kettle connected to it. This is just unacceptable, and should be fixed by the owners immediately.

Back downstairs with friends to order drinks etc, and I can only describe the service by the staff as ordinary - perhaps because I had the audacity to query their logic regarding the cost - who knows? But they were certainly quite grumpy.

So, buyer beware: This place looks nice from the outside and on their website, but the rooms are quite poorly presented, and as far as I'm concerned, present a fire hazard.

Room Tip: The motel across the road looks like a nicer option, then have a nice pub meal here.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Pretty hotel in a pretty town. Stayed in the ensuite room which was quite nice. Bed comfortable. Walls a bit thin and woken at 6am by someone in an adjoining room speaking. Water in the shower stopped flowing at one stage but came back on after a few minutes. Had dinner at the pub - very nice meal. Breakfast was ok - coffee extremely weak though. All in all a pleasant stopover.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Maclean, Australia
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

What was advertised and what we actually got was NOT the same. Great expectations were created but undelivered.
The Peel Inn is a lovely venue with a nice atmosphere but that's where the compliments stop. Food was more than disappointing; the staffs were grumpy and unpleasant- making our group of 50 guests feel very much like we were imposing on them by being there. Although the inn was hired (many weeks in advance) for a wedding reception, the owner received a surprise booking for the next day and didn't have enough food. His response - the wedding reception meals were held back to feed the lunchtime booking and a very poor substitute was served instead! Not acceptable for a pre-booked special event.
The number one room looks lovely but very tight spacing to move (esp in bathroom) around and unfortunately the beds are not as comfy as they look, pained neck the next day.
You can't read a book by its cover. This pub has a great cover and looks very inviting but the experience far from delivered it's expectations.

Room Tip: don't seep here
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

Definitely not first class as you would expect but a nice stay in a historic old pub. Not the best sleep with noise of share facilities outside room, guests coming and going with lights on constantly, creaking verandah floor boards, a beeping fridge, and rowdy guests and locals but it is afterall a local old pub not the Ritz. The room smelt strong of bleach but at least we knew it had been cleaned LOL The menu choices were a little disappointing but the meals we chose were excellent and by no means stingy. The full breakfast a surprise inclusion with the tariff and much enjoyed sitting on the verandah soaking up the morning sunshine. The staff friendly and helpful. A definite experience.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2011

This historic family-owned hotel is one of the highlights of the little former gold mining town of Nundle, now slumbering as a tourist town long after the gold boom of the 19th century. I've visited several times in the last few years and the food and cheerful service has always been a consistent factor. As the only pub left in town, it still caters to the locals who like to come in for a rowdy drink on a Friday or Saturday night. The hotel has had numerous renovations and the dining area seats about 20 but can overflow into the bar in busy times. The best time to visit is probably a Sunday lunch as part of a relaxed self-drive tour of this rural district now typified by cattle and sheep farms. Aussie meat is a big deal in the country and The Peel Inn does ripper steaks and hamburgers plus the local trout is always worth a try. Finicky gourmet diners might turn their nose up at some things such as some lovely meals served on cold plates (uh uh!) and the wine list is a bit shallow for snobs (there's a back story to this for most pubs) so, you might quiz the publican if he has anything special stashed away somewhere like he did for me. You can stay overnight although facilities are typically 'country pub', a charm I quite like, but not suitable for all tastes. Please call ahead for meal bookings as they do get busy and the ensuite queen room is often booked too if you plan to overnight.

Room Tip: Phone ahead to secure the ensuite queen room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Peel Inn
Address: Jenkins Street, Nundle, New South Wales 2340, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Nundle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Nundle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Peel Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a 150 + year old hotel that was built in the 1860's gold rush era.Built by William McIlveen, he later lost his hotel to John Schofield in a game of cards.The hotel has remained almost exclusive in the Schofield name to this day. The hotel has been expensively done up over the years to include full TAB facilities, 12 accommodation rooms (4 en-suited),licensed restaurant and beer garden which has just been awarded top 10 beer gardens in Australia. Robert Schofield has been running the hotel for close to the last 50 yrs and more recently with his son Nathan. We are a family operated hotel with old family values. ... more   less 
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