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Published December 31st 2018
For rest and recreation visit this little country pub
When visiting the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, it doesn't hurt to remember that its not all grapes and wineries. This area has so much more to offer.

On a recent day out I stumbled upon Morpeth, a suburb of Maitland in the Lower Hunter Valley. Morpeth has a rich heritage dating back to the 1820s when its role as one of the most important river ports in NSW was acknowledged with frequent visits by settlers, merchants, mariners, timber getters, and farmers. As a major agricultural and industrial centre in its day, Morpeth helped to lay the foundation for the development of the entire Hunter Valley.

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Heritage Listed Bridge

Several of the buildings within Morpeth are Heritage listed with quaint galleries and retail outlets lining the Main Street. The River Royal Inn at 97 Swan Street, Morpeth, was originally built in 1876 and has been extensively renovated, yet retains an olde world vibe.

We enjoyed a bistro luncheon of bruschetta, hot chips and gravy, and salmon rissoles in the upstairs restaurant which we shared and found as a lighter option to many of the meals offered at the nearby wineries and a healthier alternative to takeaway establishments.

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Good pub fare

The drinks were icy cold and refreshing and it was lovely to sit in air conditioning on a hot day. With nights dropping to low temperatures in winter in the Hunter, the log fires I am sure would also be a comfort.

The hotel opens daily at 11am with meals being available from noon from Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner available Monday to Saturday.

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Casual Dining Area

There is a beer garden out back which I have no doubt is popular when the live music is happening. Refer to the Facebook page for events.

In keeping with the Inn's historical legacy, there are also some original documents lining the walls that make for interesting reading.


If you are in the Hunter Valley precinct, it is well worth visiting Morpeth and dropping in at the River Royal Inn for a refreshment break and some country hospitality. Remember, all that glitters is not gold.
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When: 7 days a week
Phone: 02 49336202
Where: 97 Swan Street, Morpeth
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