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dined on Sat, 18 May 2019

We found the food to be very average. Entree was passable but the Main course was not enjoyable. Fish of the day was very dry like it had been cooked hours before. Eye fillet was tough and not cooked as requested. No steak knife provided. All round a disappointment. Definitely will not be coming back.

dined on Mon, 13 May 2019

We made our online booking over a week in advance and made a special request with our booking for a window table and for our table to accomodate for a pram and when we were arrived we were denied a window table which made for a very diminished and unsatisfying experience for my wife's Mother's Day celebration with our newborn. The food was well presented and exceptional. The wines we chose were also delicious. Service was average (and our experience was very diminished from the beginning of the evening). We will come back to Babbington's to give them another chance (as we have had many positive and memorable experiences there before), however this time was very unsatisfactory.

dined on Fri, 10 May 2019

Really disappointed with the new $25 menu, nothing like the old $25 ones, now only a main and dessert option (and the main is the size of an entree). The restaurant has introduced a new lunch menu that belongs in the local club or pub, not what I was expecting at this establishment, and even the items ordered on the A la carte menu were disappointing.

dined on Tue, 7 May 2019

$25 lunch special a great idea but would have liked to see more variety in options offered.

dined on Sat, 4 May 2019

The food was pretty average & plain We had red wine jus with our mains and it was very watery and not much flavor The steak was of average quality & not much seasoning The chips were from a packet or that’s how they seemed The anchovy aranchini were not pleasant - floury not smooth and not much flavor Honestly the menu read better than it was

dined on Sat, 4 May 2019

Great night out

dined on Fri, 3 May 2019

Red wine jus used to be the best, was just watered down gravy

dined on Thu, 18 Apr 2019

We enjoyed the conversations with the service staff.
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Chefs Special 2 Courses $34.95 or 3 Courses $44.95

Chefs Special 2 courses $34.95 or 3 courses $44.95
22 Oct 2015 - 22 Oct 2022
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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2 Course $25 Lunch Special

2 Course $25 Lunch Special
11 Jul 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
29 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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About Babbingtons Bar & Grill

The babble about Babbingtons The star restaurant at the Best Western Plus Apollo International Hotel Newcastle, Babbingtons Bar & Grill is not just your average hotel diner. Sitting on the side of Pacific Highway in Charlestown, it’s probably the last place you’d expect to find a fine-dining restaurant. But it’s well worth the stop. In fact, people come from far and wide just to sample Executive Chef Sam Beatty's seasonal menus. With over 16 years' experience in the hospitality industry this New Zealand born chef cooks with from the heart, stating that 'food doesn't need to be complicated, [it's] a process that begins with premium ingredients, sourcing the best of what is available locally and seasonally, and then focusing on flavour'. Be sure to sample Sam's signature dishes (marked in the menu with a chef's hat), and if you order two courses of his signature dishes you'll receive a complimentary glass of Wild Oats wine to enjoy with your main meal. Hotel guests are also in for a treat – Babbingtons offers an equally incredible breakfast menu that you can even have delivered to your room for the ultimate breakfast in bed. Best dish: any of Sam's signature dishes

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