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Welcome to Paymasters in the historic East End of Newcastle.
This building is a fine example of Georgian architecture which has been listed as an item of Regional Heritage Significance since 1987.
Paymasters is also situated within an area of State Heritage Significance:
In 1797, John Shortland first discovered and sailed into what he...

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Welcome to Paymasters in the historic East End of Newcastle.
This building is a fine example of Georgian architecture which has been listed as an item of Regional Heritage Significance since 1987.
Paymasters is also situated within an area of State Heritage Significance:
In 1797, John Shortland first discovered and sailed into what he called Coal River in his search for escaped convicts from the colony in Sydney. On the shoreline were aborigines of the local Awabakal tribe. What is believed to be the original shoreline is depicted artistically on Bond Street just in front of the restaurant.
Abutting Paymasters to the east and south is the Convict Lumber Yard (1804-1822), which became the Convict Stockade Site (1823-1847). It is well worth a visit. Some of the original convict-made bricks are showcased in the low brick wall near where you enter the restaurant. Local historian John Turner discovered them when he was walking his dog in the area in 1987.
Custom House, the beautiful building to the west, was erected in 1876.
The Wharfinger's Office, which houses the restaurant, was constructed shortly afterwards in 1879. The size of the original building was 20 feet by 17 feet, with the second storey being added in 1904. it was later used as the Paymaster's Office to pay the railway workers in cash. It was vacated in 1981. Novocastrians frequently referred to it as Paymaster's Cottage. Allowed to stand vacant for many years, it consequently became dilapidated before being restored in 1993.
Paymasters has been operating as a restaurant since the 16th of November 1994.
Paymasters is a little haven, within walking distance of the hustle and bustle of the Newcastle CBD in NSW. Located on the Foreshore Park, overlooking the busy and picturesque Newcastle Harbour. Next door to Customs House, the heritage-listed building is on the site of the historic old Convict Lumber Yard. Paymasters Restaurant is one of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley's most delightful dining experiences.
Paymasters is atmospheric, romantic and yet casual. Superb staff ensure a conscientious, personable and delightful dining experience. An essential first date restaurant, our pancakes are wonderful on a weekend morning. Come to Paymasters and experience Garlic Prawns like you will never taste again.
For the visitor to Newcastle, Paymasters is a must experience, for the Hunter local - a weekly haunt. Paymasters can accommodate all manner of circumstances, so bring the kids or a large group. Bookings recommended.
Paymasters is fully licenced, one of life's little pleasures.
Worried about splitting the bill? We can run separate accounts, food and beverage for each person, couple or family group, large or small! So you don't need to make tedious calculations later. For larger parties, we ask for account names when you confirm your final numbers for your booking, smaller parties can arrange accounts at the restaurant prior to ordering. Please ask your wait staff to have this set up.

 

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Paymasters Restaurant

Min 10 people, Max 100 people