Top-rated pubs in inland northern NSW

Pubs have always been the nerve center of small communities around inland Northern NSW. They’re a community hub where everyone gathers to share a drink, a hearty meal, and a wealth of stories.

You’ll find many historic pubs around the region where the atmosphere is welcoming, the beer is cold and the conversation is lively. In the warmer months, pub-goers gather on lovely verandahs that overlook gorgeous vistas including green grazing land and majestic mountains. In winter, most pubs have roaring open fires where you can warm up and enjoy a hearty meal.

Here’s a list of our favourite top-rated pubs in inland Northern NSW.

Our favourite Northern NSW pubs

Court House Hotel ‒ 60 Main Street, Murwillumbah
The Court House Hotel has everything you would expect from a pub ‒ great food, cold beer, a poolroom, live music, meat raffles and a TAB and Keno. Whether you fancy a hearty Sunday morning breakfast or a delicious roast on a Friday, you can find it here.

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Riverview Hotel ‒ 267 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah
Set right on the banks of the beautiful Tweed River and shadowed by majestic Mt Warning, this pub is one you definitely want to visit. Not only does their bistro serve traditional pub classics but they also have a range of delectable seasonal dishes to tempt you and take advantage of the region’s famous produce.

Imperial Hotel ‒ 115 Murwillumbah Street, Murwillumbah
Almost every country town in Australia has an Imperial hotel and the one in Murwillumbah is definitely worth a visit. Established in 1931, this pub is one of the oldest hotels in the Tweed region, lovingly restored with charming Victorian architecture. In the main dining area, you’ll find gorgeous booths that have been repurposed from the old bar.

Tyalgum Hotel ‒ Coolman Street, Tyalgum
A traditional Aussie pub with a twist, the hotel boasts its own swimming pool that’s open to everyone and a great favourite with the locals in summer. At the Tyalgum, you’ll find plenty of outdoor seating areas where you can take in the winter sunshine and enjoy glorious views of the border ranges. They have a traditional dinner menu that also features a range of vegetarian options.

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Mount Warning Hotel ‒ 1497 Kyogle Road, Uki
The Mount Warning Hotel is simply stunning with its wide entry staircase and glorious views to Mount Warning. In winter, you can enjoy a meal and a drink in front of a roaring fire or sit outside on the verandah to enjoy the sunshine and the views.

Federal Hotel ‒ Main Street, Alstonville
This pub is affectionately known as ‘The Fed’ to the locals and has been in operation for over 100 years. Over the years, the hotel has undergone many refurbishments, but its original Federation architecture has been maintained. There’s a lovely shaded beer garden where you can enjoy a drink with friends ‒ and remember to check out their weekly specials for a great meal at a bargain price.

Image source: Tyalgum Hotel

The Eltham Hotel ‒ 441 Eltham Road, Eltham
This lovely historic pub was built in 1903 and has a colourful history. Apart from being a public house in the early days, it operated as a brothel. Today, however, the charming old building has been fully restored to its former glory. There’s an extensive menu ranging from pub classics to seasonal specials and even an offering of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Tumbulgum Tavern ‒ 124/136 Riverside Drive, Tumbulgum
Sitting right on the banks of the Tweed River, this pub first opened its doors in 1887. It’s affectionately known to the locals as ‘The Tumby Pub’. The lovely historic building will welcome you inside with delectable aromas of freshly cooked pub meals and the promise of a nice cold beer, a glass of wine or a popular cider.

There are so many great pubs around Northern NSW that it was difficult to select just a few. Most of these top-rated pubs feature some lovely historic architecture as well as amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Plus, you’ll enjoy traditional pub meals as well as many seasonal specials that will keep you coming back for more.

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