Saturday, April 21, 2007

New England Australia - a few inland pubs and clubs

Photo: Uralla Main Street. Stature of the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt at Front

Pubs and clubs offers travellers so much more than food and drink – they give you that unique opportunity to meet the people face to face, and the opportunity to connect with the local community.

If you’re travelling through Big Sky Country in NSW – that’s somewhere between Armidale, Tenterfield and Moree – then consider stopping at a pub or club along the way, even if it’s just for a quick meal and cold drink.


The country music capital has many good pubs and clubs. For live music, try The Pub or the Scully Room at the Southgate Inn. The totally transformed Good Companions Hotel offers patrons several eating areas.

West Tamworth League Club, better known as Wests, offers two award winning dining experiences along with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s a club with plenty of entertainment and promotions, including cash giveaways, free poker and regular raffles happening every week. Banjos Family Restaurant offers casual bistro style dining with open air dining on the verandahs overlooking Scully Park. The menu is modern Australian cuisine and it’s open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Neros Café is a casual dining venue with light meals, gourmet salads, coffee and cakes and is open seven days to late. Wests is situated on the south western side of Tamworth.

Just one block back from Peel Street in Tamworth’s CBD is Wests Diggers, a club with pool tables, big screens for sports, and live music in a tropical-style courtyard. There are three dining facilities here – Nero’s Café, like the one at Wests, the family- friendly Pedro’s Mexican Cantina, serving tasty Mexican dishes and Smoky’s Bar and Grill, a dinner venue for lovers of country music lovers and great food.

Get more information on Tamworth’s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6767 5300.


There’s a diverse range of pubs and clubs in Armidale, from those appealing to the university crowd to the family-friendly venues. You’re certain to find something that appeals to your taste.
The Wicklow Hotel is a classic Armidale pub with a kids club and stylish dining area while the New England Hotel, better known as The Newie, is the gathering place for students in this university town. For clubs, try the Armidale Ex-Services Club or the Armidale Bowling Club. At the Ex-Services Club has the Tuscany Brasserie serving delicious meals seven days a week while the Bowling Club offers and extensive bistro menu.

Get more information on Armidale‘s pubs & clubs at or phone 1800 627 736.

Glen Innes

Among the many pubs and clubs, there are three venues here with a unique country feel that truly reflect the Glen Innes region. The New England Club is a traditional, heritage style club catering for conferences, parties or that casual afternoon drink, with an elegant restaurant, Braemores on the Park.

The Club Hotel, a staple part of the local community since 1906, is popular with locals for lunch, a quiet drink or a night on the town. The Railway Tavern is a traditional style pub with a beer garden, great pizzas, bar meals and TAB facilities, and a relaxed atmosphere catering to the whole family.

Get more information on Glen Innes‘ pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6730 2400.


Some 60kms outside of Gunnedah, The Royal Hotel at Tambar Springs is worth dropping into for a drink or a meal in a friendly country pub. It offers bed and breakfast facilities at very reasonable rates.

Get more information on Gunnedah‘s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6740 2230.


The Post Office Hotel has three separate dining areas and prides itself on quality pub meals. There’s a beer garden and you can get lunch and dinner six days a week.

Get more information on Moree‘s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6757 3350.


Recently refurbished, the Inverell RSM Club caters for everyone and has just introduced a BBQ on the deck on weekend nights. Diggers Brasserie, with a kid’s room, appeals to families, and the auditorium is an excellent concert venue.

Get more information on Inverell’s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6728 8161.


Donna’s Bistro at The Guyra Recreation and Bowling Club serves Australian meals Friday night to Sunday night. There’s regular entertainment and bar facilities are open throughout the week.
Get more information on Guyra’s pubs & clubs from or phone (02) 6779 1577.


One of the North West's most historic ‘watering holes’ is the Cuttabri Wine Shanty. Found on the old Cobb And Co route between Wee Waa and Pilliga, this property was issued with Australia's second wine licence, and is thought to be the only wine shanty still operating in Australia today.

Get more information on Narrabri‘s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6799 6760.


The Tenterfield Golf Club is more than just a lovely spot for 18 holes. Along with squash courts, a snooker room and entertainment, its restaurant serves up some delicious meals, using the freshest ingredients.

Get more information on Tenterfield‘s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6736 1082.


The Warialda Golf and Bowling Club has a casual bistro offering traditional Aussie fare like roast dinners and steaks. Open for dinner Thursday through to Monday. Children are welcome.

Get more information on Warialda‘s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6729 0046.


The Bingara RSL Club is a popular meeting place for the locals, offering casual dining, regular entertainment and bar facilities.

Get more information on Bingara’s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6724 0066.


The Peel Inn is a historic pub with a spacious beer garden, which is a popular lunch venue with day-trippers to the village of Nundle. It offers accommodation and function facilities as well. Sunday lunch is a specialty here, as is Christmas in July.

Get more information on Nundle‘s pubs & clubs at


In town, one of the favourites with the locals is The Royal Hotel, a relaxing place for a cold drink. In nearby Wallabadah, the Marshall MacMahon Inn, built in 1867, has BBQ facilities, an open fireplace and a small number of rooms.

Get more information on Quirindi‘s pubs & clubs at and follow the tourism links or phone (02) 6746 1755.


The Commercial Hotel, built in the 1860s, is a classic corner pub offering meals in its refurbished restaurant, as well as country style accommodation.

Get more information on Walcha’s pubs & clubs from or phone (02) 6774 2460.


With a sensational undercover beer garden, The Top Pub in Uralla offers meals, regular entertainment and accommodation. It’s a very child-friendly pub, providing pencils and colouring in sheets to children on arrival.

Get more information on Uralla‘s pubs & clubs at or phone (02) 6778 4496.

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