Visit some of the top restaurants and bars in Maitland with this roaming dinner event
I love a night out but half the battle is wrangling our group, organising a date and agreeing on where we are going to go. Well what if I told you there was this wonderful lady in Maitland who can organise it all for you? Sounds pretty good!
Enter Lisa Fraser from Umbrella Events. Lisa is our little social angel delivered to make all our nights out just that little bit easier with her bespoke tour - A Moving Feast.
A Moving Feast is a small group event that takes you and your friends on a little journey to some of the best places in Central Maitland - enjoying drinks, cheese platters, a starter, mains and desserts. Lisa goes on to described her Moving Feast event as,
"A pub crawl with class. A way to taste and trial a bit of each of the different venues".
The beauty with this arrangement is you book your date with Umbrella Events, you receive an email confirming the details and then you just rock up on said date. No calling around to multiple venues trying to secure a seat, no deciding what food to order, no trying to remember (after a few drinks) what time you have to be at the next place - Lisa takes care of all of that for you. And she caters for all food requirements.
HUNTERhunter joined a group of lovely ladies on one of these Moving Feasts when we visited four carefully selected venues all with a different vibe. Here’s what went down.
The Sophisticated Cafe Vibe: Coquun
We started the evening at 6pm at Coquun and as promised, Lisa met us ready with a table already booked.
Coquun is at The Levee, Central Maitland in a beautiful architecturally designed building overlooking the river. It has a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere which was the perfect start to our tour.
The team at Coquun kicked off our progressive dinner with a glass of local Usher Tinkler Prosecco - my first taste of this delicious drop.
And whilst all the girls were busy catching up and swapping stories, Lisa had organised our first dish for the night - a stylishly presented cheese plate featuring a buffalo blue and smoked cheddar with davidson plum and sides of olives and nuts.
Lisa sat close by in case we needed anything, which was handy as it shortly started drizzling, and like a nifty ninja, Lisa was quietly organising with Daniel, one of the owners of Coquun, to move our table inside - they clearly had a great relationship as tour affiliates.
After about 45mins chilling at our first stop, Lisa gave us notice it was time to move on so we headed on foot to our next stop.
The Walking Part
As we strolled leisurely along The Levee riverside, Lisa pointed out interesting snippets of history and intriguing things we might usually have missed.
One of my favourite parts of the walk was down a little side road where we got to take in the grandeur of an historic old church built in 1846 and the beautiful heritage listed Bishop’s House (1883). I love taking a moment to appreciate the old in our new world.
We also stopped for a couple of group pics to make sure we had photo evidence of our night out.
The Classy Pub Vibe: The Pourhouse
We arrived at our second stop, The Pourhouse. The Pourhouse is a pub favourite of locals and has a fantastic range of craft beers, and if beer isn’t your vibe, don’t worry they have you covered with a selection of wines and ciders. So basically, whatever your drink of choice - Tom, Benn and Matt have got your back.
We were given our tokens to order our beverage, I chose a refreshing sweeter style ginger beer, before being escorted to a private room to enjoy our drinks and a little snack. We entered our exclusive space through old glass doors into a dark, intimate dining room. Perfect to enjoy the company of our chosen few.
Lisa coordinated with the staff to bring out our snack which was a spicy fish taco with sriracha. It was just enough food to keep us going before some cocktails at the next place.
The Hip Bar Vibe: Rama Bar
By now we’ve had a couple of beverages and are getting into the hang of this organised night out, which is perfect for our stop at Rama Bar.
The owners of Rama Bar, Morgan and Dane, have created a unique space that reflects what they love about bars - good quality liquor, loud funky tunes and some dark cosmic vibes!
Even if this place isn’t your normal hangout it is well worth the visit, so this is a great way to check out the only small bar outside of Newcastle.
We made our way to our reserved table and selected the Double Dragon Dacquiri cocktail from the menu which was like an adult slushie - reminiscent of my high school 7/11 Slurpee days!
We squeezed in a second cocktail out of our own pocket (because it was just rude not to) before moving on to get some more food happening.
The Eclectic Restaurant Vibe: The Rigby
We were excited for our final stop and to devour our main feast for the night. Nick, the Manager, welcomed us warmly at the door and showed us to our table. The Rigby was the perfect last stop - it had a laid back, warm environment with the exposed bricks, dim lighting and tactile drapes.
Lisa organised more drinks on arrival whilst we all settled in and pretty quickly, our feast came out. A multitude of share plates, allowing us to try a good variety of the menu - and the food was delicious!
My three favs on the table were the crispy squid, pork dumplings and the broccolini with sesame and soy. There was certainly enough food to go around.
And to finish off our night, it was time for something sweet. The Rigby served up a delicious dark chocolate cake with caramel mousse and a tart berry coulis.
Once Lisa knew we were all looked after for the night, she bid us farewell and left us to enjoy what remained of our evening.
For $120pp you really get to live in the moment as Lisa takes care of everything. Included is all your food, four beverages and the lovely guide Lisa - A Moving Feast was a fantastic way to explore Maitland’s nightlife.
Want to book in for a Moving Feast yourself, you just need a minimum of 4 people, check out the dates that are coming up in early 2021 and get in touch to secure a place for your crew.