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“Settlers Arms is tired ”

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.
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Settlers Arms is tired ”
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Wow it's been a few years since I've been but the settlers arms at St. Albans has seen better days. Cleanliness, food, service and staff all need a refresh. How wonderful this historic place used to be. Not worth the trip!

Visited January 2017
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Merimbula, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
402 reviews
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“Hidden gem 😎”
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

What a lovely place. A scenic drive along a meandering river, with two ferry crossings set the scene.
The old sandstone pub is in the most beautiful setting.
The food is delicious and even though they were busy it was served in a reasonable time.
But best of all - you can FEEL the history. It oozes out of every pore in the place.
Highly recommended.

Visited January 2017
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Thank TerryAustralia2015
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St. Albans, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Authentic wholesome delicious food , charming fun service and historic atmosphere : a treat!”
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We enjoyed the varied and reasonably priced delicious quality meals and relaxed in the spacious garden and explored the different historic rooms and bar inside. Whilst it's less than 2hrs north of Sydney it's like returning to the nineteenth century with its original sandstone building,spacious tree filled garden augmented by its authentic charming atmosphere and unpretentious service.

Visited January 2017
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Manly Beach
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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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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“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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