Eating local

No doubt after spending time enjoying the river, shopping and history, you’ll be feeling the need to replenish with a bite to eat. Pubs, restaurants and cafés are scattered throughout the city, from High Street to The Levee, out to Morpeth or East Maitland and everywhere in between.

Nestled in the heart of Maitland, surrounded by iconic local buildings such as Town Hall, the old Maitland Mercury building and Mansfield House, sit two restaurants, Fratelli Roma and The Rigby, which pay homage to the heritage of the area and the building within which they reside. Italian lovers will be unable to go past Fratelli Roma which offers authentic Italian cuisine and an extensive menu featuring local produce and fresh pasta and gnocchi handcrafted by owner operator Dan. Boasting original flooring and heritage colour scheme, Fratelli Roma’s main dining area is full of old world charm complemented by its exquisite modern features. Just next door, you’ll find The Rigby, a café by day and trendy bar and restaurant by night, which also sources the best local ingredients for its diners. Don’t let the subtle exterior fool you. As you walk inside the former JR Rigby stationery store, you’ll be in awe of the fusion of industrial and vintage finishings and feel the need to remind yourself you’re not in a Melbourne cocktail bar, but rather in Maitland’s historic main street. The Rigby is the perfect place to take your friends and family to enjoy a shared banquet, choose an option from the à la carte menu with a glass of matched wine, or simply delight in an evening cocktail.

Further down High Street, past The Levee shared zone, you’ll find casual and unique dining options offering traditional international cuisine.

There’s Maneeya Thai Restaurant and Ometto Pizza Bar where you can dine in, or order from their take away menus.

If you have a dietary requirement which can sometimes make dining out a daunting experience, Organic Feast Wholefood Café in East Maitland is your one stop shop. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, this café caters for paleo, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, wheat free and dairy free, and the best part is that you can even stock up on your fresh produce and wholefoods while you’re there.

Don’t be afraid to try something new, because you’re bound to find a delicious option in Maitland. To view all of Maitland’s dining options click here.

Story by Genevieve Graham.

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