There’s no shortage of places for a good feed and a cold one in New England High Country.
1. Top Pub, Uralla
At the top of the hill in Uralla you’ll find the best feed in town. The aptly named Top Pub has an extensive menu, a fairy light adorned beer garden and a hopping front bar where locals and travellers alike gather for sundowners.
2. Commercial Hotel, Tenterfield
Newly renovated, the Commercial Hotel is a sleek, stylish pub with leather lounge furniture, an open fireplace and an impressive list of craft beers. The kitchen serves up wood-fired pizza, homemade pasta and tapas-style share plates. Accommodation here is fantastic, too.
3. New England Brewing Company, Uralla
Not technically a pub but a top notch spot for a cold one all the same. The New England Brewing Company is located in Uralla and makes seven craft beers on site. There’s a fireplace to keep warm and brewery tours are available by appointment.
4. Walcha Road Hotel, Walcha
Described as ‘the original gastro pub’, the Walcha Road Hotel’s chef (who is also a baker) serves up elegant meals as well as pub favourites. Set amongst Walcha’s trademark rolling countryside 19km from town, this is a charming, historic pub not to be missed.
5. Club Hotel, Emmaville
In the tiny former tin mining town of Emmaville, north of Glen Innes, you’ll find the Club Hotel. Famous for the giant Murray cod that looms over the barroom, the Club Hotel is a friendly place for a beer and a feed. You’ll find it across the road from Emmaville’s other main attraction, the Emmaville Mining Museum.
6. Royal Hotel Motel, Tenterfield
Built in the 1840s, the Royal Hotel Motel was Tenterfield’s first licensed establishment and it has been the social center of the charming town of Tenterfield ever since. You can’t miss it – it’s across the road from the iconic Tenterfield Saddler.
7. New England Hotel, Armidale
Filled with memorabilia celebrating the career of The Boy from Oz, the ‘Newbie’ was the regular haunt of Peter Allen who played here as a youngster. It has been newly renovated and serves up delicious meals.