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“Overnight at St Albans”

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.
Newcastle, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Overnight at St Albans”
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We have been to Settlers Arms quite a few times to eat AND for overnighters. The food is always good. You may have to be patient because it can get VERY busy especially Sunday lunch, but we have never been disappointed.
We have stayed in the cabins at the back of the hotel both as a a couple and quite a few times we have booked out the 4 cabins and had our friends along. They are always impressed with the charm and friendliness of the place. The rooms have recently been upgraded with air con and tvs but there is no phone or internet coverage there (a blessing really) although there is a public phone directly across the road.
The hotel has a pool for it's guests and their guests and we have made use of this a couple of times.
Sunday afternoons they have entertainment till around 4.30pm. Dinner Sunday evenings is usually pizza and in winter pie.
The hotel itself was once a half way stop between Sydney and Newcastle for Cobb & Co and has retained its charm. They also have a connection with a renovated church St Josephs about 10km toward Wisemans....we keep saying we will have a weekend there....yet to organise that one.
The staff are always very friendly and always up for a chat. Peacocks and chooks wander free and it is dog friendly.
The hotel is what is....it's not 5 star and does not advertise itself as such. It is quaint, rustic and full of charm and we always enjoy our stay there!

  • Visited February 2017
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Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“lovely pub”
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Lovely building, god coffee and cake with a market on the saturday with some fresh produce, nice people lovely drives around here

Visited November 2016
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Friendly service, ok food”
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Didn't encounter the bad service we had read about... the man was lovely. Food was ok.. fig salad looks good. Ploughmans lunch abit odd but reasonable value. Plenty of space for the kids to play in at the back. I would go back

Visited January 2017
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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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