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Bellbird Hotel

388 Wollombi Rd, Bellbird, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325 Australia
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We're under NEW Management. With new owners and an exciting team, new bistro menus, and lot of plans in the works, why not come by and revisit the newest "Old" pub in the Hunter Valley. Built in 1914 the Bellbird Hotel captures the grand style of turn of the century Australian country hotels. We're located 5 Km west of Cessnock and minutes away for the Hunter Valley. The Bellbird Hotel is the perfect place to escape from the day to day grind. We can recommend some great wine tours or golf courses - just ask our friendly staff. We have a curtesy bus if you need a lift and we offer free parking if you prefer the comfort of your own car. We offer great specials on food and drinks in our restaurant and bistro as well as frequent entertainment. All our comfortable rooms have heaters, linen, towels and free WiFi. Each room offers access to shared bathroom facilities.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Darts
Indoor play area for children
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Col wrote a review 16 Feb
Hunter Valley, Australia8 contributions4 helpful votes
Went there for a meal and catch up with friends as 3 couples. We are locals. We haven't been there since the renovations were done. Nice renovations to the hotel. Excellent live band playing in new outdoor area. Drinks prices are reasonable and staff friendly. The $15 lunch menu during the week is probably ok. Before the renovations, the meals were reasonably priced, great value and a large serves. . BUT. The Dinner menu is expensive, poor to average quality and small. Most of the meals were overdone on our table. Different Kitchen Staff. They are now affiliated with another hotel in the Hunter Valley which is also expensive compared to other local pubs meals. They advertise a Courtesy Bus, but No Bus is running. A major disappointment. Unlikely to go back as locals. We will stick with other pubs and clubs in Cessnock area.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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auntymolly89 wrote a review Nov 2023
Charlton Kings, United Kingdom12 contributions8 helpful votes
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Unfortunately have to give this establishment one star but if we could, we wouldn’t even rate it that highly. This establishment appears to be undergoing major refurbishment - we were not aware at all of this and nor was this made clear on booking. We would not have booked if the true condition of this place had been clear. It is effectively a building site. The photographs on Booking.com do not reflect the condition of this place. It is dirty. The public areas that one must use to access the one bedroom in use at time of our visit (seriously - we were apparently the only guests) are not only dirty but seriously dusty and even dilapidated. There was cable strung across the hallway and the public bar had areas taped off. Although food was apparently available, I know from my profession that for the establishment to have prepared any open food in the prevailing structural conditions would have constituted a major contravention of UK food hygiene law , if not an imminent risk to health. I do acknowledge however that Australian food hygiene laws may differ from UK or EU laws. There was no parking at the hotel despite staying on Booking.com that there was, we were obliged to park on the busy main road. The furniture on the verandah outside our room was dirty and fit only for the tip. There was a pair of worn socks on the corner of the sofa and dirty glasses remained uncollected on the table next to the sofa. The lock of the door to the verandah was smashed and hanging off, making it impossible to lock the door to exclude some of the noise of the road. We were incredulous that anyone would even use this area, let alone leave socks there. Our room had what appeared to be a newly refurbished bathroom that could have been nice, if only it had been cleaned prior to our visit; there were splatters of ?toothpaste in the mirror and the glass shelf in the bathroom had marks left on it from someone else’s toiletries. There was a brown large stain on the ceiling of our room ?rust or something worse. The door lock looked as tho someone had tried to chew his/her way out of the room, the door frame was splintered and all horizontal surfaces in the room were dusty. The one bedside light was so dim as to be pretty useless but on reflection this did mean that further horrors remained undiscovered. The curtains were thin and did not block out the light at all. This place is situated by a busy main road - without earplugs and eye masks, sleep would have been impossible. There was a communal kettle, fridge and microwave down the hallway but frankly they were dirty and had seen much better days. Apart from some disposable plastic cups - we didn’t touch anything else in that area. We left just before 8am having decided that it was probably best to remain unwashed than use the shower in the room. This is the worst hotel by a huge margin that we have ever stayed in. It looks like, and is, a building site and frankly is not currently fit to let out rooms. To say we were revolted would not be an exaggeration. The place made our flesh creep. Really.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid completely until works are completed and the owner can verify the condition is fit for...
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Elizabeth J wrote a review Nov 2022
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I took some friends for lunch at Bellbird Hotel. Its a very old hotel and a sign stating which door to enter would be helpful. Bistro has spacious area with kids play area and machines to win prizes in a separate area. The $13 lunch specials were fabulous. Best snitzel I have had in a long time, fish and chips were great, rissoles mash n peas also good. I would definitely come back for a meal. Was excellent.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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javery67 wrote a review Aug 2021
Hunter Valley, Australia204 contributions52 helpful votes
Visited for a Sunday lunch as w were told the food was good. It's an old pub & whilst the staff were friendly & helpful it totally lacked atmosphere. They have $15 Sunday lunches plus some specials. I had the fish & chips and partner had salt & pepper calamari. The calamari was ok but my fish & chips were very ordinary. With so many better options in the area will not be going back anytime soon.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Neil W wrote a review May 2021
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We travelled here on the recommendation from our wine tour driver and the food was fantastic and well priced, The staff were friendly and accomodating Bonus James squire ginger beer on tap Try their chicken mermaid it was yum
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tim jennings wrote a review Mar 2021
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its an Old rundown smelly hotel , filthy rooms dust on every surface, bed sheets weren't washed , shared bathroom and toilet which were also filthy ,stay far away from this establishment. The only plus is that it had hot running water.. I wish someone had of written a truthful review before i had booked here.. P.s your welcome !!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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guvnaoz wrote a review Jan 2021
Australia62 contributions9 helpful votes
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Nice old pub, friendly staff & locals,cold beer, good food. I recommend the Tomahawk. A couple of let downs though. Supplying cereal & tea making facilities is pointless without MILK. And supplying heaps of different spreads & a toaster, but no BREAD was very disappointing. Especially as I needed to soak up the alcohol from the night before.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Stuart M wrote a review Dec 2020
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Arrived at Bellbird Hotel 28/12/20 to a welcoming smile. The air conditioned room was clean, neat and tidy. Staff went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. The pub bistro had an excellent selection of meals, reasonably priced and far better tasting than many restaurants I have been to.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jan P wrote a review Jan 2020
Kincumber, Australia161 contributions42 helpful votes
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After seeing Elton John we stayed here overnight. The room was adequate, clean and roomy enough for two people to move around in. The bed was comfortable. the bathroom was just a few doors away and was clean. They also provided a breakfast nook which had cereal and bread for toast with a variety of condiments jam, honey, peanut butter, vegemite, and marmalade with butter. There is tea, coffee and a kettle available all the time. It was very nice and appreciated in the morning. They also supply towels for a shower. Overall it is a great place to stay. The staff are friendly. There is plenty of parking and lovely verandas to sit and enjoy a nice cool drink
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Peter wrote a review July 2019
Wollombi, Australia6 contributions
I ordered the rump steak (not the cheap one) asking for medium rare with mash and veges. What I got was a very small rump steak, overcooked with 1 eighth gristle down the side. Maybe they confused the order and gave me the cheaper option. The mash was very very salty, the beans and carrots overcooked and limp and the worst thing was a tiny wheel of corn that seemed to have been boiled for 30 minutes. Seriously, a cob of corn is very cheap, the chef would have taken 6 to 8 wheels off one cob. The sauce I ordered for the steak was over everything. I love this pub but will never eat here again.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bellbird Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Bellbird Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Hunter Valley Wildlife Park (7.5 km), Saddlers Creek Wines (3.2 km), and Hunter Belle Cheese Room & Cafe (7.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bellbird Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Bellbird Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bellbird Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bellbird Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hunters Quarter, The Italian Cottage, and Baumé.
Is Bellbird Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Bellbird.
Are there any historical sites close to Bellbird Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Poppet Head Park (4.8 km).