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Babbingtons Bar & Grill Newcastle

A popular dining venue for guests and locals alike

Enjoy a delicious meal or favourite drink in this beautiful Charlestown Restaurant and Bar.

The relaxed atmosphere of Babbingtons Bar & Grill makes it the perfect spot to unwind at the end of the day. Enjoy your favourite drink whilst overlooking tranquil bushland, then enjoy the culinary delights prepared by our talented team of chefs.

The Charlestown restaurant and bar features floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the floodlit bushland reserve and the Apollo International hotel pool and gardens. It’s open for breakfast 7 days a week and for dinner from Monday to Saturday and seats up to 74 diners. There is also a fully-fitted bar with both bar stools and casual seating.

It’s a great spot for lunch as you soak in the sun, flooding through the huge windows, while choosing your meal from our lunch menu or monthly meal and drink special menu. We are open for lunch on Monday-Friday, 12pm-2pm.

Babbingtons is a well-known and respected restaurant which draws significant patronage from the surrounding area. It consistently receives excellent reviews. 

The culinary team is led by head chef William Collins who has been working with the Babbingtons team since 2013. Moving up from sous chef to head chef in June 2022, he is excited about bringing new life to the head chef role. He is inspired by French and Italian cuisines and is always interested in learning new things that he can bring to work every day.

We recommend reading through our menu options below and making a booking to ensure we offer you the best dining experience possible.


Monday to Friday 6:30am - 9:30am

Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 10:00am


Monday to Friday 12noon - 2pm


Babbingtons Bar open from 5:00pm

Monday to Saturday 5:30pm – 9:00pm


Great location. Lovely spotless room. Very nice and helpful staff. Had dinner in Babingtons restaurant. The meal was very good and again the staff were really informative and attentive. Would highly recommend both the accommodation and restaurant. - Trip advisor user, 18/7/23

Excellent service and delicious food ~ lovely outlook from our table near windows. Recommend for special occasions. - Fiona, The Fork, 8/7/23

We have eaten here before and tonight we celebrated my birthday. The summer menu was a treat and I am looking forward to the winter menu. Great service, reasonably priced, good ambience and a little bit posh. We will certainly be back. - Stephen, The Fork, 22/4/23

We have been here many times and the food and service is always a high standard. We will continue to visit Babbingtons

- Paul, The Fork 6/4/23

This is a beautiful venue for that something special. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the meal was just devine from the entree through to the delicious donuts for dessert. Service was great and we were well looked after and attended to. A place we are happy to return to, and continue to do so. - Susan, The Fork, 5/3/23

Easily one of the best restaurants in Newcastle. Reasonably priced. Friendly staff. We had the pork belly and brisket they were both really good. Will definitely go back there. - Arash, Google, 14/2/23

A (not so) hidden gem! This place is within walking distance from my house but because it is within a hotel I have never really thought about eating there. I finally decided to try it and the food was delicious. You also wouldn't know this was located on the highway as once you are in the restaurant you have bushland views. I will be back. - Todd, The Fork, 20/1/23

It was a birthday dinner, seated by the window overlooking the greenscape. Succulent crispy pork with a lick the plate sauce. Followed with crisp shell, smooth centre apple dessert of many textures. Always a quality meal and great service. - Karen, the Fork, 21/1/23

Excellent service, amazing scenery and great food and drink. - James, Google, 8/1/23

Lovely centrally located venue for us to all meet at. Great menu options and good value for money. This has now become a regular choice for our annual Christmas lunch. - Rosanna, The Fork, 5/12/22

Beautiful restaurant with wonderful ambience. Staff were friendly and welcoming from the minute we walked. The new menu was excellent with great food choices. A thoroughly enjoyable night. - Robyn, The Fork, 19/11/22

Fresh and delicious food. Wait staff very attentive and knowledgeable. Could not fault. Perfect for a special day out with friends or a romantic lunch. - Annette, The Fork, 29/11/22

Our usual catch up restaurant. They always manage to seat us in the same spot each visit which is a nice touch. Lovely food and the service was excellent as is usual. Wouldn't go anywhere else. The outlook is very nice and parking is easy. - Carmel, Trip Advisor, 19/10/22

The food was absolutely delicious. Yummy bread and dips to start then Swordfish and lamb rack. The plates were almost licked clean. We will definitely return in the future. - Irene, The Fork, 16/10/22

Cosy seting, the menu had a great selection to choose from, our food was very good as was the service. Prices are very reasonable... Would recommend. - Lynne, Google, 12/9/22

Everything was lovely. We asked for a window seat and we were overlooking the trees. We tried the Marlin for main course and it was so good. Yummolicious!! The staff were friendly and polite. Continually making sure everything was ok. Dinner at Babbingtons did not disappoint! - Grace, The Fork, 9/9/22

We had our 50th wedding anniversary party here last Saturday evening in the Functions Room. The event was a spectacular success, food absolutely outstanding and plenty of it, drinks reasonably priced and Function Room hire waived as we booked out many, many hotel rooms for our guests. Never have we been to a function where Canapes were so plentiful or delicious. The mains in particular were so well prepared and melt in the mouth, that many guests are considering holding functions here. Our guests were glowing in their praise of everything. Wait staff were courteous and attentive, a dance floor, microphone and table service all arranged for us. Steve, the Conference and Events Manager, was simply magnificent and nothing was a problem to him. Whomever hired him deserves a raise. Well worth the money and if we need to hire function facilities again, it will be here. - Jim, 30/8/22

I won’t stay anywhere else when I travel to Newcastle! Loved everything about the Apollo International - Jennifer,, 18/8/22

I haven't been to a restaurant for a long time, where I enjoyed the food as much as I did at Babbingtons tonight. The menu choice was amazing, and everyone enjoyed every aspect of the meals they chose. Our waiter, Tristan, was very attentive and helpful, and sitting by the window with the outlook of the trees under lights was relaxing and brought a great ambience to the evening. I will definitely book at Babbingtons again, soon! - Pam, The Fork, 17/8/22

A quick lunch to test this restaurant for our next visit. Couldn't fault anything. Good value. Delicious and fast friendly service. Will return. - Bazza, Google, 4/8/22

We have been going to Babbingtons for years. It is a great restaurant with excellent food. The food seems to have been getting even better. We enjoy dining at Babbingtons. - Graham, The Fork, 11/6/22

I had a 90th Birthday Lunch organised - we were met at the door, advised that if we needed anything just ask. The menu was excellent (A LA CARTE) the wait staff very obliging and very attentive, the meal was excellent. With several people unable to eat some things, they were all catered for. I would recommend Babbingtons to everyone. - Mavis, Trip Advisor, 17/6/22

The food was superb. The best meal I’ve had in a restaurant for years and years. The waitress was very pleasant and helpful. I can’t wait to go back and next time take other members of the family.

- Craig, The Fork, 20/6/22

Food & service was first class. Both our meals were absolutely delicious. Prices are reasonable; we had an entree & 2 x main meals plus a bottle of wine & it was $113 so good value for money. When we next stay at the Apollo we will eat at Babbingtons. - Mick, The Fork, 4/6/22

Amazing meals! The food was very well presented, and delicious. The service was efficient and staff wonderful. I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant. - Victoria, The Fork, 7/5/22

Make sure you book ahead. Even though the Babbington Restaurant is located within the Best Western Plus Apollo hotel, the food is delicious and beautifully prepared and people come from all over Newcastle to eat here, even at the quieter times! It doesn't matter what food you order, you will be delighted. We absolutely loved the confit duck, the eye fillet steak and a "side" of broccolini with almonds. We enjoyed the wines and there are several pages of cocktails too. What's not to love! - David & Poppy, Trip Advisor,15/3/22

Excellent food and service. I loved the squid ink linguini with scallops. Portions are generous and the desserts are sublime. Highly recommend and will be on my agenda for my next visit to Newcastle - Trip Advisor user, 3/3/22

My husband and I attended for dinner on New Years Eve. Everything was just perfect from the dinner to entertainment. Thank you Pamela for your help in booking. Would definitely come again for new year eve dinner. - Tim K, Trip Advisor, 14/1/22

We were greeted and served by Pamela who was very welcoming and just amazing! We had our ribs from the grills menu and we also had the duck and stuffed chicken breast. All the meals we had were flavourful and mouth-watering. The uninterrupted view of the bush was spectacular! It made our wedding anniversary date a memorable one. - Edel, The Fork, 22/12/21


  • 10 minute drive to Newcastle city centre
  • 10 minute walk to Charlestown Square
  • 160km from Sydney
  • Short drive to Lake Macquarie
    • (Australia's largest salt-water lake)

Property Amenities

  • Magnificent Outdoor Pool
  • Business Facilities
  • Guest Laundry
  • Gymnasium with flat-screen TV's and unisex toilet and washroom

Rooms and Suites

Check In 2:00pm

Check Out 10:00am

290 Pacific Highway, Charlestown

+61 2 4943 6733

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Daily Reception Hours

24 Hour Reception