Elly and I took a drive down to Cockle Bay…
The Bellbrook Hotel is situated in Bellbrook 50 kilometers west of Kempsey it overlooks the beautiful Macleay River in the heart of Slim Dusty Country, it was built in 1913. The new owners Shirley and Darryl Smart bought the old pub back in September 2017 and have been restoring and renovating ever since. Its full of old world charm and memorabilia of logging days, in the hallway there are old photos of service personnel, everywhere you look there is history. Shirley and Darryl are great hosts they are friendly, helpful and have done an amazing job fixing this old pub up bringing it back to its glory days. We called in at 10am just as the pub was opening to grab a coffee they sent us up the road to the general store to get one as they only serve alcohol and soft drinks, Darryl told us we were quite welcome to come back and enjoy our coffee on their verandah overlooking the river. Now thats country hospitality at its best. Big thumbs up to you guys.
Slims Bistro is open Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner and has a great selection of yummy food cooked by Brad the qualified chef, you can eat inside in the dining area full of photos and old collectibles or outside overlooking the beautiful river and farmland. There is live music on Sunday afternoons, kids play area, pool table, they have trivia nights, karaoke nights and heaps more.
Its a beautiful drive up to Bellbrook through the Macleay Valley and once your here you can do a historical walk around the town there are brochures at the pub that will tell you where to walk and about the history. There’s camping and cabins if you want to stay overnight. Bellbrook is the childhood home of country music legends Slim Dusty and his mate Shorty Ranger. You can still visit Slim’s original homestead nearby. Cedar cutters and timber getters settled the area and you can still see the original timber buildings along the wide main street. The old buildings are typical of the period and consist of weatherboard and corrugated iron materials.
Bellbrook is surrounded by incredible natural beauty. The township is heritage listed as it is an excellent example of an early 1900’s timber getting town. The town was laid out and gazetted as Bellbrook in 1892. At the time bellbirds inhabited the dense scrub along Nulla Nulla Creek. There is a general store where you can grab a coffee, food or fuel. A great place to spend a day exploring.
CONTACT THE PUB on
BELLBROOK HOTEL, 10 – 12 Main Street, Bellbrook, NSW, 2440
PHONE: 02 6567 2071