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“Accommodation questionable. Great pub. Food average ”

The Settlers Arms Inn
Ranked #3 of 10 Restaurants in St. Albans
Price range: USD 10 - USD 24
Description: Established in 1836, the Settlers Arm Inn is built from convict - hewn sandstone. Surrounded by mountains, it nestles alongside the Macdonald River within the tiny village of St. Albans, the heart of the Macdonald Valley, New South Wales. Of Georgian simplicity, the hotel became a stopover for Cobb and Co. stagecoaches traveling between Sydney and Newcastle in the nineteenth century. These days the inn is an alternative gateway to the Hunter Valley wine districts for visitors from the Central Coast as well as Sydney and its environs. Travelling time to St. Albans is approximately 1.5 hours by car from these areas. The Settlers Arms Inn is not only popular with day trippers but provides Accommodation comprising four doubles, all with en-suite. Australian Country - style cuisine is available seven day a week. Outdoor activities may involve tennis at the courts across the way, swimming and relaxing in our 12 metre saltwater pool, bike riding, golf at Wisemans Ferry, or just ambling along a country road. Entertainment is provided on Sundays in the rear garden with a jazz band, in the non-Summer months. Open fireplaces add warmth and atmosphere to dining and imbibing in the cooler months.
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Description: Established in 1836, the Settlers Arm Inn is built from convict - hewn sandstone. Surrounded by mountains, it nestles alongside the Macdonald River within the tiny village of St. Albans, the heart of the Macdonald Valley, New South Wales. Of Georgian simplicity, the hotel became a stopover for Cobb and Co. stagecoaches traveling between Sydney and Newcastle in the nineteenth century. These days the inn is an alternative gateway to the Hunter Valley wine districts for visitors from the Central Coast as well as Sydney and its environs. Travelling time to St. Albans is approximately 1.5 hours by car from these areas. The Settlers Arms Inn is not only popular with day trippers but provides Accommodation comprising four doubles, all with en-suite. Australian Country - style cuisine is available seven day a week. Outdoor activities may involve tennis at the courts across the way, swimming and relaxing in our 12 metre saltwater pool, bike riding, golf at Wisemans Ferry, or just ambling along a country road. Entertainment is provided on Sundays in the rear garden with a jazz band, in the non-Summer months. Open fireplaces add warmth and atmosphere to dining and imbibing in the cooler months.
Manly Beach
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“Accommodation questionable. Great pub. Food average ”
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

My partner and I stayed here for a weekend.
The staff have been super helpful - great advice for bike tracks etc.
The pub is traditional and has a fab feeling about it. Loved the locals vibe too. Beer lines need a more regular clean - order stubbies.
Restaurant food was average - but what I would have expected. Big servings.

Accommodation was the problem. For $150pn the room - bathroom specifically was filthy. The photo I posted was a piece of toilet paper I ran around the edge of the shower. The tiles have not been wiped. There was used soap from the previous guest in the shower.
Cockroaches too (I know this is a Sydney thing)
Cob webs in the floor corners.
The pool was algae green (we have a pool -so we know).

Wouldn't take much to get it up to speed!!

Enjoyed the experience - great family owners. Would have expected a clean room at the least.

Extra points for the peacock though!

Visited January 2017
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English first
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“Shameful”
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Arrive after 3pm on News Years Day- food service had ceased, no problem we decided to grab a cool drink.
Grumpy old man behind counter, we were treated as if we were a major inconvenience. Toilets dirty & not working correctly, outdoor seating area tables all covered with dirty plates. The overall state of this amazing historic building was very much unkept, untidy, unloved & dirty.

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Adelaide, Australia
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“Terrible food, very expensive, lovely location”
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Almost inedible food, very expensive. One of my dining companions said that they had seen a cat going in and out of the kitchen. The 'bangers' were under cooked and looked and tasted like anaemic toothpaste, the 'home made pastie' contained scraps of celery suspended in some sort of peppery brown goo, the steak was stringy. The only thing that was reasonable was the battered fish, presumably because almost anyone can cook that. Grumpy service and very high prices. Nice location and lovely old building though.

  • Visited January 2017
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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“Disgracefully managed”
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Beautiful geographical location. Lovely old style building very poorly utilized/laid out. Rude incompetent staff. poor menu even poorer food. Expensive for simple food. Disgraceful way to manage any pub/eatery in 2016.

  • Visited December 2016
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“Pleasant Sunday lunch”
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Three of us shared meals listening to the 3 piece rocking band. Good selection of beers on tap. Ploughmans lunch and fish and chips - meals were fine. Great beer garden with chooks and a peacock roaming around- a nice way to relax.

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