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Matilda Bay Brewhouse Hunter Valley

3.6
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123 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
"Pokolbin’s first boutique brewhouse. This is where the amazing Bluetongue Brewery story began back in 2001. Now known as the Matilda Bay Brewhouse Hunter Valley, only a glass wall separates you from the original brewhouse. Winemakers often say “It takes a lot of beer to make a quality wine…” So what better way to finish a hard day of wine tasting in the Hunter Valley Wine Country than with a cleansing beer… Experience the unique Beer Tasting Paddle with accompanying tasting notes for each for up to 12 brews. Currently enjoy our famous Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Lagers, Ales, Stout and Cider. Plus the regular ‘special’ brews… This means we have up to twelve (12) amazing craft brews for you to smell, look at, analyse, and taste…. All research and development for your palate! So come and laze away the afternoon listening to great music, or choose something delicious off the blackboard menu. Our menus are a mix of traditional brewhouse faire with an Italian flavour…

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 123 People Are Saying
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
3.6
ambience
3.4
value
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SallyS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were in-house guests and, based on other reviews, thought the food would be good, but it was better than good - we were really impressed. NB the menu choices were a little different from their website. The Blackened Salmon was amazing and Belgian chocolate tart - wow. My partner was very happy with his Lamb Fillet plus Orange & Date pudding. Reasonable wine list and of course their own range of craft beers.

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We had already been to all the other breweries in the region the day before and by comparison Matilda bay was a great disappointment. Beers were all very commercial and comparatively bland by local standards. Having said this our meal was first rate and the staff were great.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was very busy Saturday evening but luckily had booked ahead. Service was excellent by all staff and fast considering it was a full house. Food and wine top notch and cooked to a very high standard and quality. Well priced set menu.

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Zili
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Set menu for dinner, quiet pricey for what you get considering it’s not fine dinning. I ordered the lamb rack and although the lamb itself was nice they wasn’t much served with it had 3 beans and 2 small pieces of potato. However the other that ordered the steak and salmon were not impressed at all.

Majority of the waiters were lovely but there was a selected few that had extremely bad body order and they happened to be the ones that brought out the food which is not a nice combination.

I would go back during the day when there is more menu choice and more of a pub style feel.

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Yulianyj
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

I remember last time i was there the foods was outstanding,so why we come back. But this time not so good and leak of seasonings. Definitely not come back again

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Melg
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , location and service. Will definitely go back.

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Vladimir
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

You are forced to order at least 2 courses. Your minimum spend is $55pp for food only.

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RaeleneF
Canberra
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really delicious food, especially the gnocchi. Nice beer and wine and the two and three course options were superb.

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peachesandpaprika
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Overall, very average but a good humble spot for an average lunch. Nothing special but rustic, countryside feels. I tried prawn chilli pizza - would give it 4/5, husband tried fish and chips and that was not too nice - fish too big and batter too thin. Loved it for the beer selection though!

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VirginieS
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dinner was very very nice. The staff were friendly, professional and helpful. Due to COVID-19 we sat far apart, which made the ambience very nice. Breakfast was also very nice,

KB
KateB
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect place to have lunch in the middle of a day out in the vines wine tasting. Line the stomach with some top notch pub grub, grab a tasting paddle and soak up the good vibes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok my sirloin wasn’t as good as expected however my husbands lamb was amazing. Didn’t think that the food was up to the value that they charge

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SamiD
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food, service was great.
Little bit pricey for the portions received but overall positive experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice ambient and casual environment

KM
KellieM
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid safe
Clean,
Friendly staff
Great food and drinks

TK
TobyK
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

I was really looking forward to my time at Matilda Bay and it was a huge let down. I love their beers and I thought I’d have a wonderful experience but straight away after getting out of the car you could tell that the place needs to be refurbished. It was run down and, although the staff were nice, Matilda Bay obviously don’t care too much for their brew house as a tourist destination. Their logo made me think there would be amazing copper vats and just a well presented place and it was anything but that. This is not a reflection of the staff, the company needs to step up their game

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MichaelT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

QR CODE menu confusing with as everything shown as “sold out,” Especially as had to order at bar anyway. Process could be clearer if explanation that was just electronic menu for choice only not for ordering.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dined in this dining room for both breakfast and dinner on 2 occasions. The meals were well up to standard. At dinner on the first night Abby's service was fabulous. Abby was a very cheerful, helpful and engaging young lady and was the best staff member we encountered during dinner. At breakfast time Chris was a standout. She expertly managed the room and and was engaging and interested in the her guests. We would definitely utilise this facility again if staying at the Hunter Resort.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service- thanks guys!

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RobH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, your staff gave us another table out of the direct sunlight.

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KellyD
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food expensive and ordinary. Service was quite poor.

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SomC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service poor, drinks too expensive, outdoor sitting ok, but nil ambience. Food pizzas were good, fish and chips oily.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Not a very nice atmosphere for breakfast but the food was good

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johnnyk
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Over priced, food was nothing special. Old place. Waited for our entree, then they realised they are closing soon and ask us what we’re waiting for. When the entree arrived and was finished they ask us if we wanted our main straight away.

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CatherineV
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During Covid, Matilda Bay Brewhouse, like most other restaurants, had to issue set times. We rang to say we were going to be late, however, they kindly rearranged things to allow us to fulfil our booking.
The service was excellent and the food mouthwatering. We were very glad we visited.

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Leacxxxxx
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location set on lovely grounds, great food, drinks , fast service and good value.

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Sabine
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Nice setting especially in summer when sitting outside. I had the gnocchi which were overpriced for serving size and lacked taste. Cracked pepper comes is paper bags.
Barramundi was nice, but needed extra salt.
Salt and pepper squid entree came with fries which we didn’t expect. Would have preferred extra squid rather than fries.
There are many better restaurants to choose from in the Hunter. If you’re there for the beer And an average pub meal, then it’s ok, just don’t expect much from the food.

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CeeVee
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was fantastic! Limited menu but the food looked and tasted good. They were knowledgable about food allergy and could easily accomodate one guest with multiple food allergies. Although the dining area looks dated the place was clean. Overall a great experience!

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AnnaH
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

2 nights spent by 2 Adults. Lovely clean room. View and aspect of room great. We say kangaroos and hot air balloons.
Dinner on both nights very pleasant along with staff especially Abbey.
Breakfast Friday morning a little disappointing.
Reception staff very obliging and helpful with a piece of property left behind.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foor was great. Will be back for the fish and chips - cooked to perfection! Thank you

SM
StewartM
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We loved the food but the night we were there the service was all over the shop. The staff individually were friendly and polite but there was a lack of co-ordination that meant that we sat with our dinner plates uncleared for over twenty minutes and had to ask questions about service and procedures on several occasions. COVID procedures may have been a factor - perhaps some staff were absent that night? But really, the service detracted from what should have been a great experience.

NM
NarelleM
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable with beautiful food and wonderful service

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TonyT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great wine ,great company. Well organised in these Covid times.

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Ashman
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Terrible food. Not one dish that came out was satisfying and for the price it was quite an insult.

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Margie
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

To be honest, it was pretty disappointing. For a pretty expensive meal the food was good but nothing to rave about. The beer tasting was good value, but I wouldn't go back.

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Jules
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Chef was extremely accommodating and catered to all of my strict dietary requirements. The food and drink service was quick and everything tasted amazing. The only thing was the portion sizes for the rest of my table was a little small for what we were paying.

DM
DebM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

we were staying at the resort and had booked breakfast Monday morning . We waited 10 min to be seated and once seated waited 20 min before leaving . It was clearly under staffed as the one waitress on had overlooked us and we hadn’t even been offered water or coffees . We had eaten the night before and had great service but unfortunately not in the morning

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Breakfast food and service was good. Covid safe environment good clean

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

My wife and I had an extremely awful night. Service was very slow. We were sat in the middle of the restaurant and felt completely forgotten. After patiently waiting for close to 15 minutes, we started trying to get the attention of the wait-staff only for them to overlook us. Many of the wait-staff just walked past us even when we were trying to call out for their attention.

The main took very long to arrive and when it finally did arrive, it was horrendous. The beef was very fatty and oily and the lamb was very very tough. Never have we paid so much for dinner and not finish our meal. We both actually felt quite sick from the mains and were unable to eat anything else or finish our drinks.

Despite that, we still patiently waited for what could have been 20 minutes for dessert and eventually cancelled the order. All this time, we were looking around for the older gentleman who we suspect is the manager. He appeared very busy, cleaning up tables and rearranging cutlery. Things would have been better if he focused his attention on the customers. We tried looking for him when we were leaving but we couldn’t find him anywhere.

We were quite upset having to waste one night on such a lousy and forgettable experience.

I think, having cup noodles at the hotel would have been a more enjoyable experience.

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EmmaP
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely find. Great service and the food was delicious. We had the squid and chorizo fettuccine which was amazing and the beef cheek. The kids had fish and chips which was also lovely. Would highly recommend.

FAQs

Matilda Bay Brewhouse Hunter Valley offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 4998 7777 ext. 4.

Matilda Bay Brewhouse Hunter Valley is rated 3.6 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

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