Regional NSW Welcomes Mouth-watering Hotel Dining Experience

Following a multi-million-dollar rebuild of their lobby and dining areas, Quality Hotel Powerhouse in Tamworth has launched their Workshop Kitchen and Coal Bunker Bar – both worthy of big city accolades.

Behind the decade old façade lies the stunning foyer, opulent yet inviting with an air of urban sophistication. To the right is Coal Bunker Bar, a perfectly cosy nook that combines plush emerald velvet with timber panelling. A salubrious setting to enjoy an aperitif, a nightcap or settle in for a casual snack.

The bar showcases an array of top-shelf, international and local spirits, with an entire Whiskey Cabinet which tours the globe alongside a sample of craft beers and small-town brews from New England Brewing Co.

While the aesthetics may have changed, the well-known team remains the same. Head Bartender, Jeremee Slattery, best known for creating some of the most intriguing beverages, will tailor the cocktail experience to suit individual tastes.

Moving into their all-day dining area, Workshop Kitchen is flanked by 800 bottles of wine encased in a beautifully detailed wall with striking blue tones. What is worth noting is the award-winning wine list, featuring 184 wines with 42 by the glass and a range of styles from regional Australia and around the world.  

The dining room has been transformed into an elaborate open kitchen with leather
banquette joinery, marble and bespoke cabinetry by Armidale craftsmen Killen Furniture. The kitchen is powered by a wood-fired oven and grill at the heart of Workshop Kitchen. Both are fired up daily with the finest Pilliga Western Red Ironbark, which imparts a unique smoked flavour.

Sourced locally, where possible, the produce is showcased in all its glory, including an aged beef display from Paul Avery’s Mountain View Farm at Piallamore to Jack’s Creek at Willow Tree – a two-time winner of the World’s Best Steak.

The menu, created under the direction of Quality Hotel Powerhouse General Manager – and former executive chef – Ben Davies, encompasses a range of beautifully cooked dishes catering to all tastes. The menu serves up the best of Regional Australia including smoked trout with roast winter vegetables, lemon caper dressing and herb salad ($26.90/$36.90) and the New England rack of lamb with all the freshly foraged trimmings ($44.90). To finish enjoy an Antilles barista-made coffee paired with the much-loved favourite and signature dessert: Homemade toasted marshmallow with caramelised banana, brandy fudge sauce and banoffee ice cream ($16.90).

Workshop Kitchen and Coal Bunker Bar are the first in a series of upgrades at the Quality Hotel Powerhouse which has become an icon of the Tamworth region since opening over 30 years ago. Paul Kelly Design, who lays claim to some of the most iconic dining rooms and restaurants in Australia, has transformed the hotel entry, restaurant and bar into a stylish and timeless space, a relic of a bygone era once home to the first power station used to power Australia’s first street lights in Tamworth.

Whether it is a relaxing weekend to escape the hustle and bustle of city life or an overnight business trip, Quality Hotel Powerhouse hotel is your home away from home with that little touch of luxury. A somewhat undiscovered region, however best known for its Country Music Festival, Tamworth is home to a treasure-trove of activities and discoveries around every corner.

Quality Hotel Powerhouse: Workshop Kitchen and Coal Bunker Bar
02 6766 7000
248 Armidale Rd, East Tamworth, NSW 2340
Mon-Sun 6:30am-10pm