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.
- 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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