Willow Tree Inn

New England Highway Willow Tree, Australia 2339

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Opening hours Fri–Sun noon–2pm; Thurs–Sat 6–8pm
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Diner's Club, Mastercard, Visa
Phone 02 6747 7711

This may have been a knockabout country pub once, but no longer: book early or miss out. The hotel is split into an upmarket restaurant, Graze, and a bistro, The Grain Store, but the lavish restaurant menu is available in the cheap seats too. A local grazier has taken charge and installed a hanging room for the local Colly Creek beef, so you can watch your steak age through the window. Perhaps the best steak we've had in a while and still in pub price range. Fancy chimichurri sauce was a hit. Lamb shanks and pork belly were out, so a steaming kingfish curry sorted us.

http://www.grazewillowtree.com.au/