Walking to the game? Take a hunger-busting detour!
Plan ahead! Don’t wait until you’re inside Hunter Stadium before you realise you and the kids are hungry. For the price of a few hot dogs and a couple of cold drinks, you can enjoy a quality meal at these restaurants located just walking distance to the game.
If you’re located west of Hunter Stadium, why not to stop into The Mark Hotel for a good pub-style feed and a couple of pre-game beverages. While $10 at Hunter stadium might get you a pie and half a bottle of coke, at the Mark Hotel restaurant you can order a range of burgers, or battered fish to go with your beer. After your stomach has been filled by the glorious restaurant feed, head to the sports bar and warm up those vocal cords by watching the U20s curtain raiser – or whatever sports are on the other screens – while getting to know some of the other Newcastle Knights fan brigade who use this venue as a part of their pre home game ritual. Locals reckon The Mark Hotel is the best bar in the ‘burbs, bar none.
Where: 46 Dickson Street Lambton NSW
Just 1.3 km away from the front gates of Hunter Stadium, Sunnyside Tavern is the official post-game and away game venue for the Newcastle Knights. Whether you’re going in for a few cheap quickfire beers before you head into the action, or you’re after a complete dining experience so you can enjoy the game without being bothered by those pesky hunger pains, Sunnyside Tavern is the place to be. Their head chef Ally, and co, use only the latest cooking techniques and local produce to ensure your pub grub is the bee’s knees. If you’re the rugby type who’s into their wine then the restaurant also has an extensive wine list to match your steak or seafood selection. If you’re feeling a bit heavy after your feed and don’t feel like moving anywhere there’s a free shuttle provided to the game.
Where: 20 Broadmeadow Road Broadmeadow NSW
Calling all rugby league fans who enjoy an afternoon of fine dining. This luxurious restaurant is not for the whole cheer squad to come to practice their chants before the clash, it’s for those who like to enjoy a bit of calm before the storm. A Fortunate Son is an amalgamation of two visionary restauranteurs who have had previous successes in the industry. This little gem has a range of tasty dishes including a spread of smoked, cured, grilled and braised meats to go with their extensive wine list that is heavily influenced by French and Australian labels with a focus on low intervention and natural winemaking techniques. If it’s a chilly afternoon, get some warm scotch or gin (or finely blended coffee for those who aren’t into alcohol) into your belly instead. Whatever the case, make sure Fortunate Son is a part of your pre-game routine.
Where: 131 Beaumont Street Hamilton NSW
The famous Western Suburb Leagues Club, or Wests, is located just a kilometre from Hunter stadium and is the perfect place for lunch before the footy. This piece of Newcastle history has been around for over 50 years and is home to many local regulars who are never short of a yarn. So, whether you’re here for the wholesome worldly feed, with your choice of international cuisine on offer at variety of restaurants – including Mexican, American, Asian, Italian – for the whole family to enjoy, or just passing through for a cold brewski at the sports bar, Wests is a great place with a great atmosphere that everyone can enjoy before or after a Newcastle Knights home game.
Where: 88 Hobart Road New Lambton NSW
After a great 2 point win against the Cowboys last home game, make sure you get down to Hunter Stadium for their round 4 clash against the Panthers and watch the Knights do what they do best – win games of rugby league.
Have we missed your favourite pre-game restaurant feed? Where do you eat before a Knights home game?