BEER gardens are a source of national pride, so when one from this region rates among the best in Australia, it’s worth raising a glass to.
The Peel Inn at Nundle is well-known locally for its grapevine-covered verandah, where patrons can sit back and relax with a cool drink or two and soak up the views.
But now the word is out, with a prominent news and lifestyle website revealing the pub’s charms.
“If you happen to find yourself five hours north of Sydney – don’t despair – go and sit in the Peel Inn’s garden, where you will find yourself asking ‘how’s the serenity?’” the website describes as part of its Best Beer Gardens in Australia feature.
The recent refurbishment, 40-plus-year-old grapevine, views back to the Great Dividing Range and “plenty of lawn for the kids to roam free” also rate as highlights.
It’s music to the ears of the hotel’s Nathan Schofield, who said he’d been contacted by someone from the website in mid-November, just prior to the completion of the refurbishment.
He’s not sure how the Peel Inn made it onto the website’s radar, but he’s pleased it did and hopes it will generate some more interest from outside the region.
The new work includes an extension of the downstairs beer garden area to include a stage, which it’s hoped will enhance the Country Music Festival entertainment the hotel puts on each year.
The grapevine is the crowning glory, though, Mr Schofield says, and generates a lot of comments from visitors.
“It’s something we pride ourselves on and gives us the point of difference you need,” he said.