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The Lantern Inn

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465 Macleay Valley Way, Kempsey, New South Wales 2440, Australia
+61 2 6562 6988
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101 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We have only eaten at the Lantern Inn a couple of times on overnight visits to the motel, but have not been able to fault the meals either time. Good hearty, homestyle meals and good service too.

1 Thank Nvios
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

An all round great evening at the Lantern Inn. Service, ambients, meals and prices,all very good.Allthough we didn't have a booking, we were made welcome to have our meal.For next time we`ll make a booking..

Thank Ingrid W
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

Thankyou for taking the time to comment. We are pleased you enjoyed your meals at the Lantern Inn. We try hard to make our restaurant a pleasant experience all round. Catering to an individuals special occasion is always a pleasure. All our kitchen staff cater to dining room and room service guests primarily however we always try to make town... More 

Kempsey, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The chef at the Latern Inn Kempsey Powerhouse motel does amazing meals and we were very satisfied with the size of meals and presentation too. Highly recommend them! Keep up the great work!

Thank MummaNPappaBear
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

Thanks mummanpappabear. Marty and I are pleased you enjoyed your meals here at the Lantern Inn restaurant. We will pass on your compliment to kitchen staff. We also hope we can accommodate you again on future travels. Travel safely. More 

Crookwell, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 August 2016

We were on the way north, stopped at the Powerhouse motel (Golden Chain - we have a card), and were pleasantly surprised that it had a restaurant. Not just any restaurant - a wonderful one with great food, great hospitality, and great service!! Thanks, Guys!

Thank petesylz
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

Always pleasing to read favourable comments petesylz. Great to see you use your free Golden chain card to receive your discount when booking a room. Our restaurant is open mon to sat evenings with the exception of public hols. Our kitchen and wait staff work hard to ensure they provide the very best of service and food. I will pass... More 

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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here as we also stated at the motel. We had oysters and steam and the food was really good. The steak was perfectly cooked, and the service was excellent and fast.

Thank Pieter P
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoyed your meals and service in our dining room. We do also hope you had a good nights sleep before tackling the next part of your journey. We hope to see you again. More 

Penguin, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016

Had 2 evening meals with the best Steak ever by far!! What else can I say but even if your a local of the area I recommend that you enjoy what travellers have been enjoying

Thank Tassybill
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

Thankyou for taking the time to comment Tassybill. We are pleased you enjoyed your meals at the Lantern Inn. Marty shops daily to ensure freshness of all components listed on our menu. I am certain this contributes to the quality of our meals. Again thankyou and travel safely. More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Wholesome food. The pre-dinner Olives were delicious and greatly appreciated. Would have appreciated the owner recognising we weren't really wanting to chat and especially that we didn't want to be grilled for market research. New born chicks for the children to meet were an added Ester bonus.

Thank Debra Y
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

Pleased you enjoyed your complimentary appertiser and meals. Sorry my few words were not appreciated however having a quick chat normally makes our guests feel welcome and shows that we are genuinely interested in their travels and needs. With that info we hope to be able to provide a better service. Glad your children enjoyed meeting my newly hatched chicks. More 

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Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

Had dinner tonight at this lovely quaint home style feel restaurant fantastic hearty meal of lamb cutlets and veggies excellent value. So much better than the takeaway we've been eating this past week. Highly recommend!!!

Thank Christina S
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

Thanks Christina S. Pleased you enjoyed your meal and found our dining room welcoming. I agree, although a quick option, takeaway can become a habit and not really a healthy choice over a week long journey. Hoping you got to Brissie safely. More 

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Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

Fantastic meal, lovely fresh veggies and well cooked meat - just what the dr ordered after a day travelling. Nothing was too much trouble.

Thank Kay T
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely comments Kay T. Always great to hear our guests enjoyed their meals whether in room or the dining room. We enjoy looking after our guests and assisting them in any way we can to ensure their stay with us is comfortable and memorable. Travel safely More 

Kempsey, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015

great food and service , the meat tender , the seafood fresh ,and not over priced . We walked away satisfied and full , thank you for an enjoyable evening PS love the retro dance floor

2 Thank gnanderberg
power465, Owner at The Lantern Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to make comments.. Always lovely to have town guests join us for dinner. Almost all food components are purchased daily to ensure freshness and quality. The dance floor in the middle of the dining room still lights up from under and is regularly used by guests on special occasions. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 465 Macleay Valley Way, Kempsey, New South Wales 2440, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Kempsey
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6562 6988
The Lantern Inn Restaurant is located in the reception area of the Kempsey Powerhouse Motel. It is very comfortable and spacious. A warm welcome is offered to all motel guests and those folk from the town that wish to enjoy quality, generous portions of Australian food. Chef regularly puts on specials additional to the standing menu. All our meals are family affordable and we welcome children of all ages. Special occasions can be catered for by simply calling Tracy or Martin to discuss your special evening. We specialize in buffet style for larger groups. There is a dance floor in the middle of the dining room which can be lit up if required and a fully licenced bar as well. The fireplace adds that homely feel in the cold months and during summer there is air-conditioning. There is plenty of parking and also wheelchair access if required.

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