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Newcastle Eating Out
Customs House

It's difficult to believe that only a few short decades ago, this grand historic building was used for customs administration. The spacious interior has undergone a total overhaul while still retaining the original ornate ceilings and sweeping cedar wood interior. The brasserie style food uses Australia's freshest produce to create traditional favourites such as confit of duck leg and steak frites, straight from the old country. Chat the night away under the stars on the beautiful open verandah.

The Lucky Hotel

Newcastle's famous hangout, The Lucky Hotel, has been around since the 1800s, and its original facade belies the swanky fitout within. The hotel restaurant does American barbecue food and its award-winning burgers are a menu mainstay. All meats are smoked low and slow over hickory wood pellets for up to 14 hours so it's no wonder they're succulent and tasty. Go for the smoked meat platter for a taste of all the best cuts.


Paymasters is within walking distance of the hustle and bustle of Newcastle CBD - a cafe restautant located on the Foreshore Park and overlooking the busy yet picteresque Newcastle Harbour. Next door to Customs House, the heritage-listed building is on the site of the historic Old Convict Lumbar Yard, and is one of Newcastle and the Hunter Valleys most delightful dining experiences.


Restaurant Mason

Leading the Newcastle dining scene is Restaurant Mason. Under the ownership of two young and ambitious novocastrian chefs, Restaurant Mason offers a smart and elegant space, located beneath the Essington Apartments on Hunter Street. Head Chef and owner Chris Thornton, who completed a stint at the Michelin starred London restaurant, The Ledbury, has fashioned a seasonal and innovative Modern Australian menu that spans from breakfast through to dinner. The refined wine list is mostly local with a few drops hailing from New Zealand and France.

Le Passe Temps

Located in the centre of Newcastle, Le Passe Temps is a beautifully decorated French restaurant that offers a touch of poetry and theatricality to the dining experience. It’s 1920's inspired decor with its melange of brightly coloured armchairs and cheerful artwork add extravagance to the historic venue that is oh so twenties. Passing the time has never been so alluring as guests revel in a traditional French menu and wine list.