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Pub dining with a difference It’s pretty rare to find a pub that has a distinct menu but 221 Restaurant & Bar inside The Royal Oak Hotel is a real gem. It offers one of the best dining experiences in the Hunter Valley with lunch and dinner served daily in addition to a more fine dining experience that’s available Thursday to Sunday. This fine old country pub is a classic old boozer, cleverly renovated to reflect contemporary trends while simultaneously retaining some old world charm. Get here for a casual slice of gourmet pizza or spice things up with an incredible fine dining feast with dishes like grimaud duck breast and confit leg, seared Mandagery Creek venison and silken chocolate mousse. For pub dining with a difference check out 221 Restaurant & Bar. Best dish: seared Atlantic Sea scallops with oxtail and cauliflower tart, chambord reduction.