In the last few years Maitland’s dining scene has virtually exploded, with more opportunities for a meal that will suit any taste than ever before. From a hearty pub meal to something a little more refined and everything in between, you can find it here.
Out with the family
When it comes to a family meal out that even the kids are going to enjoy, you can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned pub meal.
We’re not talking about the counter meals you pick up in a dingy pub in the quiet part of town, we’re talking about giant schnitzels and tender steaks served in a vibrant atmosphere.
A family friendly atmosphere and great food can be found on the east side of town with The George Tavern, The Bank Hotel, Hunter River Hotel and The Windsor Castle Hotel and in the city’s west you will find The Bradford Hotel and The Rutherford Hotel.
Get out and about to Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie at Largs or the Commercial Hotel in Morpeth or simply stay in Central Maitland and wander High Street for a wide range of dining options including The Belmore, Metropolitan Hotel, Shenanigans at The Imperial, The Family Hotel and Queens Arms Hotel.
If a pub meal doesn’t tickle your fancy, head into East Maitland Bowling Club for an all you can eat feast at the aptly named Billabong’s Family Restaurant. Enjoyed by young and old.
Fine fare from around the world
Maitland’s flair for international food covers a whole gamut of flavour experiences. Maitland has an abundance of fantastic Chinese restaurants, including the Panda House, in Rutherford, that offers an easy takeaway option. Tucked away in the most unlikely of places is Thornton’s Phoenix House, where the garlic fried rice is a local favourite.
Indian lovers can try out the long established Bollywood Indian Cuisine in East Maitland, or head into The Levee to pick up somethng from the ever popular Zaffran. Just a few hundred metres up the road is Chinh’s Cuisine, which has built a fan club for its scrumptious Vietnamese fare.
For those after something a little higher end but equally as delicious, Maneeya Thai is the ticket. You can’t go wrong with a Por Pia, and the Sweet Potato Curry is to die for.
Lorn’s Tapeo on Belmore brings to Maitland the wonderful world of Spanish tapas in an intimate atmosphere, while East Maitland’s New Capri delivers delicious Italian food, which is sure to satisfy the pickiest of eaters.
For fine dining, visit Fratelli Roma on High Street Maitland for an authentic italian experience. Handmade gnocchi and raspberry and vanilla brulee are just a small example of what is on offer. While it may sound fancy the food is simple and very enjoyable.
Grab a bite
If you are in a rush while roaming around Maitland, stop in and grab a bite to eat at one of the delicious treasures you will find hidden around the city. Stop in Lorn at the Icky Sticky Patisserie to pick up freshly made cakes or pastries that are so tasty and sell out so quickly, there is literally a limit on how many you can buy in one go.
Blackbird Artisan Bakery is uniquely located within Maitland Gaol and is the right place to escape into a world of delicious flavours and special treats.
With so many dining options even the locals find it hard to choose.