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The Riverview Hotel - Smithtown

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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.

Riverview Hotel Smithtown
The Riverview Hotel at Smithtown

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.

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Macleay River Smithtown

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Riverside beer garden

There is also a large outdoor undercover eating area plus some indoor tables.

Riverview Hotel Smithtown
Restaurant seating

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.

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Why not try one of the daily specials?

We started our meal with a Crusty Damper Loaf which came with a garlic butter on the side. The butter on the side was great for the little ones who preferred their bread plain.

Riverview Hotel Smithtown
Crusty Damper Loaf with garlic butter

For entrée we tried the grilled chicken skewers in jasmine rice with a peanut & lime sauce. This dish had a lovely flavour and the sauce was not too heavy or overpowering.

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Grilled Chicken Skewers

The kids meals arrived with our entrees. Our children chose Chicken Nuggets and the Mini Hawaiian Pizza. The kids meals are reasonably priced at $8 each and come with a choice of chips or salad.

The nuggets & chips were liked by my child, however the mini Hawaiian pizza was not big enough to satisfy my hungry 11 year old.

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Kids Nuggets & Chips

Riverview Hotel Smithtown
Kids Mini Hawaiian Pizza

For mains we ordered the Bacon wrapped chicken tenderloins in a creamy garlic mustard sauce and the Surf and Turf.

The chicken tenderloins came with chips and a garden salad with a light balsamic dressing. This meal was great value at only $24. It was very tasty and also quite filling.

Riverview Hotel Smithtown
Bacon wrapped chicken tenderloins

The Surf and Turf is a 350g scotch fillet with creamy garlic prawns. The price of this meal was $31. The steak was cooked to our liking and came with 5 or 6 garlic prawns, chips and a garden salad.

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Surf and Turf

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.

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Sticky Date Pudding

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Mississippi Mud Cake

Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. The service was friendly and very fast. For a relaxed atmosphere, fantastic views and great food, The Riverview is definitely a winner.

Riverview Hotel Smithtown
Sunset over the Macleay River
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Why? Beautiful river views & great food
When: Open 7 days
Phone: (02) 6567 4581
Where: Smithtown NSW
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