We're the food destination hotel!

Located at the gateway to the Hunter Valley Vineyards, the Royal Oak Hotel in Cessnock is home to the multi-award winning 221 RESTAURANT & BAR, with exceptional food at reasonable prices.

The Wine List Selection focuses on wines that are not just made in the Hunter but produced from locally grown grapes, so that you can taste the fabulous flavours for which the Hunter Valley is world famous.

Saturday nights there’s live music in the Bar performed by some of the regions best musicians.

The Hotel’s Bar Food and Café Menu offer the best quality casual dining in town.

The Café is open from 7am every morning.

This classic country boutique-style hotel offers clean and comfortable pub-style accommodation - the ideal base from which to explore the region, when attending a concert or for a leisurely weekend experiencing one of the region’s best restaurants.

Restaurant Bus Transport: The Royal Oak Hotel offers complimentary transport within the area for group bookings of 6 or more guests with confirmed Restaurant reservations. Up to 11 guests can be transported at one time in the comfortable Mercedes Benz bus. Bookings to be made 48 hours in advance. Just 10-15 minutes from the Hunter Valley Vineyards.


Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence 2014

‘…a mighty fine place to sit back, relax and enjoy a drink and a delicious meal.’ 

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Pub Food Guide

The most amazing customer service. Staff went to so much effort to make my stayed special! The restaurant in this hotel is outstanding, a must if staying here. The hotel is close to wineries, great place to base yourself.

Trip Advisor 10 May 2015

Wonderfully Surprised. We came to the 221 restaurant at the Royal Oak hotel expecting reasonable pub fare after reading the positive TripAdvisor reviews. Wow! Everything about the experience at 221 significantly raised the bar for pub restaurants around Australia. From the flawless service, sensational food and great live entertainment from Beth Gleeson. Where else in a pub do you get a melt-in-your-mouth…

Trip Advisor 21 February 2015

Food Glorious Food. If you’re looking for fine dining, the Royal Oak Hotel hits the spot. Superb food, the wine selection was divine, a very relaxed sophisticated atmosphere. The staff were friendly and attentive. Value for money.

Trip Advisor 1 August 2014
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