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The Great Northern Hotel

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published December 25th 2018
Everything Old Is New Again

Newcastle, Art Deco, architecture, hotel, pub, food, drink, lunch
The impressive facade ( image JW)



Built in American Art Deco style The Great Northern Hotel has been a distinctive part of the Newcastle skyline since 1938. Although the building is still under renovation, the ground floor bars and dining area have opened for business. The owners, Ben McBeath and Myles Plenty, have succeeded in creating a modern space that is mindful of and sympathetic to heritage details such as the aboriginal motifs in what is now the sports bar.


Newcastle, hotel, bar, Art Deco, decor, architecture, renovation, comfort, elegance
A welcoming space ( image JW)



The menu includes share dishes, burgers, salads and the usual pub offerings of steak and schnitzel. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, they serve cocktails, beer, ciders and spirits.

Newcastle, pub, hotel, salad, vegetarian, lunch
Pumpkin salad ( image JW)


The lunchtime specials for $15 each during weekdays are great value. They have children's meals and weeknight deals such as steak on Mondays, Tuesday burgers and Wednesday schnitzels on Mondays and Tuesdays, happy hour 5pm-7pm serves up $5 schooners, wine and sparkling.

Menu, specials, lunch, Newcastle, pub, food, drinks, steak
Specials menu (December 2018)


Newcastle, lunch, pub, hotel, steak, specials
Lunchtime steak special (image JW)


There is a small gaming area, live music on weekends and plenty of comfortable seating for groups as well as couples. Future plans over the next eighteen months for renovation include 100 four star rooms, a rooftop pool, rooftop bar area, large commercial kitchen, ballroom and a function area.

Newcastle, Art Deco, decor, architecture, renovation, hotel
Art Deco styling (image JW)
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Why? Drinks and food in an interesting building
When: Sunday 11am - 12am, Monday & Tuesday 11am - 11pm, Wednesday 11am - 12am, Thursday 11am - 1am, Friday & Saturday 11am - 1:30am
Phone: 02 4077 3910
Where: 83-89 Scott Street Newcastle
Cost: Entrees $15, mains $17-$38
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