Ornate and iron-laced, the Great Western Hotel is not to be missed.
Standing proudly in the centre of Cobar the Great Western Hotel is hard to miss. It is a stunningly handsome two-storey building that boasts the longest iron-lace verandah in NSW – we have heard it argued that it is actually the longest in the southern hemisphere.
“The pub really stands out with its architecture,” says manager Belinda Hynds. “So we get lots of people through.”
Every evening at happy hour the public bar is crowded with locals and travellers alike, while the dining room next door echoes with the laughter of families and the smell of delicious fresh-cooked meals.
The whole building buzzes with the character of the local community, and it is the perfect place for passers-by to get the chance to have a good yarn with some of Cobar’s most interesting folk.
Offering 30 rooms, 18 of them in the motel out the back and 12 of them in the hotel upstairs, the Great Western is a convenient and lively place to spend a night or two. Offering reverse-cycle air-conditioning and comfortable beds, the rooms are perfect for the budget-conscious traveller who wants to be close to the action.
The Great Western Hotel has the most impressive range of tap beers Travel In has seen in a country pub, while the offerings from the kitchen are way above and beyond any of the pub food you will find for hundreds of kilometres in any direction. Enjoying them on the aforementioned lace verandah at sunset is an experience that no traveller in Cobar should miss.
“The owners are very passionate about food, wine, beers and hospitality,” Belinda says. “We are out west, not out of touch!”
The Great Western Hotel is located at 20 Marshall St, Cobar, NSW.