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AU$13 - AU$30
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Reviewed 12 October 2023 via mobile

This pub was a great find en route from the Blue Mountains to the Hunter Valley. Don’t expect luxury or fine dining. This is a quirky, down to earth old pub with basic pub grub and good beer and cider. My husband had the chicken...curry and I had the steak pie, mash, peas and gravy. Both were plentiful and delicious. Just what we needed to set us up for the second half of our journey.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023

I had a terrible meal I couldn’t eat. I was there a few years ago and was told it had improved. It hasn’t. The food was rubbish as was the menu with only a few things to choose from. Was with a group of 12...and a lot of food left on plates. Also they should hire a barmaid that smiles. There was a great band their that dayMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023

This was the worst food i have had at a pub, I was told it was good,, vegetable Risotto was a disgrace, the dog ate it but they eat anything, we didn't , the Sausages and mash, well, 2 sausage on mash potato for nearly...$27 was a bit over the top, the mash potato was good, the gravey was good but i think that was to disguise how they cooked the sausages, as for the selection of Beer and wine, well, my advise go to the Cafe around the corner, we did for breakfast and it was fantastic, and we went to wisemans ferry pub for lunch, it was fantastic, what we could have got for the money, felt ripped off , it's a destination place but just pass it by and you won't be disappointedMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 14 June 2023 via mobile

One of the Top country pubs in Australia!!.. definitely one of the oldest. A wonderful place full of historic charm, welcoming service, good variety of beer and excellent pub cuisine… and sometimes even local music on the weekend… couldn’t get much better !!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 May 2023

Delightful Georgian pub on the banks of the MacDonald River at St Albans. The pub is worth exploring with its stone floor, low beams and memorabilia. We enjoyed a good pub lunch of lamb pie/chicken schnitzel. Fresh and delicious and well cooked. The outside tables...overlook the kids play area and the river and bridge. Staff were informative, friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our chat with them. Highly recommend as worth the visit to this historic village and pub.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023 via mobile

The next perfect weather day you get , head to The Settlers Arms for lunch. The outdoor dinning, surrounded by trees ,peacocks and historical setting is only surpassed by the excellent pub style food. We recommend the pork belly or home made pie n peas....A great day out via the Webb's Creek Car Ferry.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 5 February 2023 via mobile

We came here shortly after a disgusting experience at the pub we went to for lunch , 20 klms from this one. We both had dessert . Awesome. Great calm environment in one of of NSWs most beautiful regions.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2022

A unique experience. Everything is different, interesting and fabulous. Its my best place to escape to with great food .

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 5 May 2022

Real people obviously run this place. I read some of the comments here and I think these people don't understand. This pub isn't a sterilised corporate sh$thole or a pub that's renovated by a chain. chickens roam around the grounds. A few dogs rest on...chairs. They've maintained the charm of the place. The spirit of a culture. YET, the food is hospitality level. That's all you need. Clean pristine cutlery, glasses, kitchen prep, 5 star food. The rest, you WANT to be rustic and period feeling. And homely. Pub means PUBLIC HOUSE. This Public HOUSE is a historic community home. I had a scotch fillet, and it was perfectly cooked. With an artisan salad, and garlic butter thing on top which was again, artisan level. That's all i've had there. Go to Wisemans ferry, and its dirtyness in inappropriate, half modernised but that modernisation is run down. It's run down in the wrong kind of way. It's got poker machines and the food is average. I feel for the manages of this place, trying to maintain a tradition. I feel they need to frame the place for your patrons somehow so they can see it in the right way. To enjoy the ambiance. You want excellent food, and this traditional homely ambiance. They have achieved that. Best of luck with it.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 7 March 2022

On our way from Wisemans Ferry on to Wollombi & Cessnock, we popped in for a coffee on a Sunday morning about 10am. We considered a quick bite to eat but there didn't seem to be any food menus, just for beverages. We didn't ask...about food and we weren't offered. There were a handful of customers seated outside, and just one person ahead of me in line, but staff seemed disinterested in serving anyone and seemed a bit flustered. When I ordered a coffee, the bar staff spoke to each other then walked off to the kitchen without addressing me or asking for my payment, so I had to ask if my order had been taen. I reminded them when the coffee arrived that I still needed to pay as they never asked me to, so I did. My tap water had a yellow tinge which I didn't notice until a few sips in and as I got to the bottom it tasted like dirt, it was free and I assume that's how the local water supply is in a remote area, but fresh water should not be served that way regardless of the source. My colleague and I drove on towards Wollombi, until we had to stop and get out of the car as he had to throw up. Whether it was the water or the coffee we'll never know, but he didn't start to feel sick until 20 minutes after leaving. The building is historic and appears to be the only pub in the area, so it's assumed that customers will stop by on their travels north or come here from Wisemans Ferry for convenience and to explore a historic venue. It has a lot of potential but needs work. There were some nice photos inside but very little natural light and no lighting inside, seeing kids toys lying around while leaving the bar looked untidy. It's fine that the residents live there, but it's also a business, and the visual appearance of restaurants and hotels reflects their attitude to customers. I also realise some people are comfortable with dogs roaming around their tables but it's not always that sanitary or welcomed from a hospitality point of view. From a food inspector's point of view it could be seen as unsatisfactory and worthy of a fine. I would hope the criticisms mentioned in these reviews are taken into account. I find it unusual to assume people are used to RSL food & McDonalds before arriving at this place in response to food criticisms, the numerous Chinese comments were strange, and I'm not sure if calling someone a jellyfish is a compliment or an insult. A less than positive review shouldn't be taken as a personal attack, it should be taken as constructive criticism and an opportunity to improve. I'm not sure if there are plans to improve as there appears to be a pattern of dissatisfied customers which adds up to more than satisfied, maybe management is content with the revenue received and does not see a need to change. The attitude of the responses here says a lot about the willingness to address any of these reviews. I won't bother reading the predictable negative reply I'll no doubt receive on this review, it would be an attempt to save face by attacking the response rather than intending to improve, when management should really be looking at the reasons why multiple negative comments have been left here. My comment is left here for potential future visitors, not management who should be addressing these comments and improve. Anyone reading a cluster of these reviews would be intelligent enough to get an appropriate scope of this place. I've been travelling the world & Australia for over 20 years. I know good hospitality service when I see it. I don't need to be told that I don't know good service when I see it. There are better food and drink options at Wollombi. I had a delicious meal at the famous tavern with 2 beers for $24, and it was by far better than any RSL or McDonalds. That venue can obviously justify the low price due to the huge number of customers that were sitting at tables and lining up for lunch. Good service and good food leads to high patronage and decent profit, although if you want to offer higher quality food for higher prices then give people the option to order both. It's just good business sense. I was deciding whether to post this or not, but I was encouraged to purely on reading the responses. Obviously with Tripadvisor, once the reviewer adds their personal account, the user operating the venue is the last to respond. I can take criticism. I can only hope the owner/manager can as well.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 27 January 2022

We stopped here for coffee and the woman who served me was quite pleasant. The coffee was sh*&. It was literally hot milk with a dash of something that gave it a light tan look. This turns me off ever considering a meal here and...certainly would not recommend. The food prep areas and bar were spotlessly clean from what I could see. Shame about the rest of the place. The built-up grime inside public areas of the building was appalling. It was akin to a derelict property. There is a thick layer of dust on everything including very old dirty cobwebs. The floor rugs were equally as disgusting. I don't understand how a heritage building can be left to decay like this. It is a shame because it could be a magical spot to while away a bit of time. The surrounding area is lovely as well. Like another reviewer said it is a bit of a tourist trap. (Shame the owners of the property did not respond to that persons comment in a professional way - another turn off).More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 11 January 2022

Ploughman's lunch was dry, awful and overpriced. Caesar Salad was ordinary. Beer was cold, but over priced. Tourist trap. The surrounding area and grounds were lovely though.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 19 November 2021

Other reviews are very old. The Settlers Inn is a classic, very interesting historic friendly pub in a fabulous old world environment on the river. Recent renovations have made it even better so we keep coming back for something different . Great interesting food at...the right price, peacocks, chooks and pets wonder freely and there is often a good fun band playing over lunch. Lap up the differences of this great old pub.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 6 November 2021 via mobile

After lockdown we decided to visit Wisemans Ferry for the weekend. During our visit we decided to go to the Settlers in for lunch. It was such a unique pub from the 1800’s. The menu was excellent I had a duck salad and Mike had...a pie. The chickens and peacocks roamed around the back where a banjo player added to the atmosphere. It was busy as obviously others had the same idea. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 19 June 2021

I have visited this hotel regularly since the early 1960s and I gotta say this time I was disappointed. Not with the food I might add but with the level of cleanliness. In this time of covid some of the tables had the same empty...glasses on them during the whole time we were there eating our lunches. None of the tables were being wiped down. The ladies had no toilet paper and dirty and in the mens the toilets and surrounds were dirty and unkempt. One of the staff brought a large dog into one of the small dining rooms even though another customer wasn't comfortable with dogs and he then proceeded to sit in front of the fire on a phone! Really?! The food was lovely. A proper cleaning regime wouldn't go astray.....especially considering the number of visitors to this beautiful old place.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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It’s $150 per night. But don’t bother staying here. Room is dirty, fridge filthy, no screens on windows. Very overpriced. Would never stay again. I’ve had better country hotels for $60 per night. Nothing supplied in the... More
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  • Atmosphere: 3.5