With a rich history dating back almost 200 years, Maitland is a place to connect with heritage. Visit nearby Morpeth, one of the oldest river ports in Australia, admire grand colonial buildings or taste generations of agriculture tradition at farm gates and markets.
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. Both restaurants 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 whilst The Rigby is a café by day and trendy bar and restaurant by night, which also sources the best local ingredients for its diners.
In fact, many of Maitland’s best food and local produce is housed in some of the towns oldest buildings including Morpeth Sourdough, The Old Victoria, The Commercial Hotel and The Pourhouse to name a few.
Maitland has a long history of agriculture that still surrounds the city. Make sure you get your hands on some of the local and handmade produce while you’re here. Stop by one of the road side stalls, visit the Slow Food Earth Market or Phoenix Park Farm to grab fresh vegetables straight from the farmer or visit the great great great grandson of the founder of Arnott’s Biscuits at Morpeth Sourdough to source some absolutely delicious sourdough bread.
If you have eaten too much, there is so much more history you can take in. Visit Maitland Gaol, Morpeth Museum, Walka Water Works as well as Grossmann and Brough House to get a start on learning about Maitland’s colourful past.