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Published January 13th 2015
Not your average country pub
On the banks of the mighty Macleay River in northern NSW you will find Smithtown, a small town surrounded by lush green dairy farms. Smithtown was the original home to Nestle's Milo factory and is now a historic riverside village where you can find art deco buildings dotted along the main street.
It's not a place I would expect to find an award winning restaurant but that is exactly what you will find here.
The Riverview Hotel at Smithtown is a relaxed and friendly country pub boasting breathtaking river views, a large outdoor beer garden, undercover outdoor restaurant seating, a fenced playground for young children and an award winning restaurant, being a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide winner numerous times since 2011.
We visited the pub on a mild Tuesday evening in January 2015. The first thing you notice as you walk in through the beer garden is the mighty Macleay River only metres away from the back fence.
The menu is varied and includes many seafood dishes (a good choice when you are so close to the coast) as well as chicken, pork and pasta plus the usual pub fare of burgers and steaks. There is also a daily specials board.
After all of this food you would think we wouldn't be able to fit in another bite but we soldiered on in order to sample the dessert menu. We ordered a Sticky Date pudding and a Mississippi Mud Cake from the Specials Board and both were delicious as expected.