5 Top-Rated Pubs in New South Wales

Posted 13/01/2024 in Top Lists
Although there are some fantastic pubs across Australia, some of them are more highly rated than others. We've picked out five in New South Wales that stand out above the rest for customer reviews, if you're in the area it's probably worth dropping in to check these out yourself - and let's face it, 'in the area' in rural Australia could mean within 200km!

1. Balldale Hotel

Balldale, NSW

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The Balldale Hotel in Balldale, NSW was opened in 1905 by proprieter Albert Beard not long after the village of Ballship was established. A newspaper article from the Corrowa Free Press on Friday 10th November 1905 heralded the upcoming opening:

The premises changed hands several times over the years, and eventually closed down in 2011 along with the school and general store. The new owners bought the derelict pub in 2019, and proceeded to renovate it to give the locals back their pub while striving to maintain the feel of the original building, keeping as much as possible the same.

A lot of people commend the food and the atmosphere of the Balldale Hotel which - let's face it - is what it's all about! Out of 190 ratings, the Balldale Hotel holds an impressive average rating of 4.8 out of 5. Customer-submitted reviews reflect this rating, here is an example:

A rare gem of a pub. Beautifully renovated and a great relaxing atmosphere. The food was first class (best steak sandwich I have had in years!), and their signature pale ale was also excellent. It is definitely worth going here if you are anywhere near this pub. This pub is on my list for visits whenever I am back down in that area - Chris, Jan 2023

2. Collie Hotel

Collie, NSW

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The Collie Hotel was originally built in 1862, and was called the Marthaguy Hotel. However, in 1987 the hotel burnt down and the rebuild was finished in 1989. The hotel holds a variety of events throughout the year, past events including an Australia Day Yabbie Race, the Kingswood Classic and stand-up comedy nights.

Reviewers mention the cold drinks and amazing food - not to mention the lovely hospitality! Out of around 160 ratings, the Collie Hotel holds has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5. Madison submitted this review in May 2021:

We never intended to stop or stay here. I am SO glad we did. Absolutely best evening we've had in a while, full stomachs, great drinks and lots of laughs. A warm Fire, footy on the big screen and plenty of room for the kids. Food was very generous and great. MUST VISIT!! - Madison, May 2021

3. Blighty Pub

Blighty, NSW

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The Blighty Pub was built in the 1940s as the first hotel for Blighty, and likely kicked off the township. The original building still stands today, and was recently refurbished. It's also one of the very few buildings in the town! If you're in the Deniliquin or Finley area, it's only a small detour - why not drop in and pick up a Blighty Hotel hoody or a cap!

Reviews for the Blighty Pub are short and sharp - but they pretty much all talk about the good food, and icy drinks are mentioned. Out of around 37 reviews, the Blighty Pub holds has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5.

Just an excellent pub, cant go wrong with it. bloody loved it - Paddy, 2017

Beautiful little country pub with great hot fresh meals & was made very welcome - Julie, 2021

If I could give it 6 I would. Great food cold beer lovely staff - Jack, 2023

4. Durham Hotel

Durham, NSW

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The Durham Hotel dates back to 1906 and is a charming place nestled in the picturesque Upper Hunter region of Wingen. Indulge your palate with a delightful menu that pays homage to the rich flavors of the region. Delight in the spacious, offering a perfect vantage point to watch the sunset - or sunrise, if you choose to stay the night in their accommodation!

Reviews for the Durham Hotel generally talk about how great the food is, and how friendly and accomodating the staff are. Out of around 220 reviews, the Bulga Tavers holds has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5.

Great friendly atmosphere. What a place to watch the sunset over the range, enjoy great company, a few drinks and the best steak I have eaten in years... watching the sunrise is just as beautiful when you stay in their accommodation also. - Nicole 2023

5. Bulga Tavern

Bulga, NSW

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The Bulga Tavern is a modern gem with a story that began in 1994 as the Cockfighter Creek Tavern. Fast forward to 2018, and after a stunning renovation, it emerged as the vibrant and inviting Bulga Tavern that beckons you today.

However, the Bulga Tavern is more than just a pub, it's a great time out for the whole family. There is an awesome fenced playground where the kids can run and play, allowing parents to unwind while keeping a watchful eye on their little ones.

The reviews speak volumes - words like 'great', 'friendly', and 'accommodating' are woven throughout. And when patrons start planning their return before they've even left, you know you've stumbled upon a hidden treasure. Out of around 277 reviews, the Bulga Tavern holds has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.

Food was fantastic! We ordered a classic Chicken Schnitzel and it was one of the best I've had and great value. The staff were super friendly and it was a very welcoming environment, there were quite a few locals there too who were very nice. Great location too and quite a relaxing outdoor area, highly recommend! - Bel, 2023

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