Bendemeer Hotel – Bendemeer, NSW

Posted on June 9th, 2020

Bendemeer Hotel


The Client

Situated in scenic Bendemeer and overlooking the MacDonald River, the BENDEMEER HOTEL offers cozy country accommodation in beautiful surrounds.  With its many comfortable rooms and excellent dining facilities the Bendemeer Hotel is also the perfect spot to stay and relax for a few days for those looking to discover the treasures of the beautiful New England region. Host every three years to the Grey Fergie Muster, Bendemeer has all the unspoiled character of a historic rural town and is within easy reach of the Tamworth Country Music Festival held each year in January.

If you are looking for real country hospitality with great pub rooms and great pub meals, the Bendemeer Hotel is the perfect stop for those travelling the area.

You will find the Bendemeer Hotel on: Caroline Street, Bendemeer NSW 2355

Keep up to date with the Bendemeer by following them on facebook:

The Suburb

Bendemeer is a small town on the Macdonald River in the New England region of New South Wales. It is situated at the junction of the New England and Oxley Highways.

The original inhabitants of the land were Aborigines of the Kamilaroi clan. The first European settlement was in 1834, with the establishment of a sheep station at a river crossing on what would become the McDonald River.[2] By 1851 a small village had grown around the station, which was known as McDonald River.[2]

In 1854 the village was renamed Bendemeer after a line in the 1817 poem Lalla-Rookh by Thomas Moore:  There’s a bower of roses by Bendemeer’s stream; And the nightingale sings round it all day long.”[3]

Bendemeer is principally a business hub for local sheep and cattle graziers. The town also hosts a range of arts festivals and craft markets,[2] as well as a triennial Tractor Muster.[6] Town services include a general shop, a hotel and restaurant, caravan park and camping ground, and Catholic and Presbyterian churches.[7]

What We Did

The Bendemeer Hotel was looking for furniture for their Riverview Room.  As the Hotel has a traditional feel, they wanted products that reflect heritage, yet did not feel dated.  Our Zeb Upholstered chairs were selected for the seating and combined with Bistro table bases with Shesman Table tops.

Bendeemer Hotel, Bendeemer NSW

Parkside Cafe – Armidale, NSW

Posted on February 11th, 2020

Parkside Cafe


The Client

Parkside is a vibrant local cafe, locally owned and operated. You can find us right next to Armidale’s most historic pub The Wicklow Hotel on Marsh Street.

Open from 8am to 1pm, the Parkside is quickly gaining a reputation for the place to go in Armidale for a great bacon & egg breakfast roll, brunch or coffee.  Their Milkshakes look pretty amazing too.

You will find Parkside Cafe at: 87 Marsh Street, Armidale NSW 2350

Keep up to date with Parkside by following them on facebook:

The Suburb

Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. Armidale had a population of 24,504 as at June 2018. It is the administrative centre for the Northern Tablelands region. It is approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane at the junction of the New England Highway and Waterfall Way.

In Armidale, the presence of four distinct seasons make it climatically unlike most of Australia; hence, the “New England” moniker and the autumn colours are notable features of the city. Summers are characterised by warm to very warm days followed almost always by cool, sometimes cold, nights. Thunderstorms often produce heavy falls of rain and occasionally hail in the afternoons and early evenings, also bringing a sudden drop in temperature. Unlike nearby coastal areas, Armidale does not usually experience high humidity levels making most of the summer days quite comfortable.

Before the British colonial settlement of New South Wales, the Indigenous Anēwan people occupied the area that encompasses current day Armidale.

Armidale was first settled in the early 1830s, following the earlier exploration of the area by John Oxley. It was named after Armadale on the Isle of Skye in Scotland by George James MacDonald. MacDonald was the Commissioner of Crown Lands and head of the local Border Police detachment in the New England district from 1839 to 1848.

Oxley recommended the region for grazing, and soon early pioneers set up small farms in the locality. The James Barnet-designed heritage-listed Armidale Post Office opened on 1 April 1843.[16][17] The town, which was surveyed in 1848 and gazetted in 1849, was established to provide a market and administration for the farms, but soon after gold was discovered at nearby Rocky River and Gara Gorges, and a gold rush ensued, enlarging the town rapidly in the 1850s.

What We Did

To furnish the Parkside Cafe, Nextrend were engaged.  With the cafe having a modern eco look interior, the furnishings had to compliment the style.  Black air chairs and barstools were selected for seating.  These comfortable chairs look great in the environment and are not overly stated to allow the surrounds to be the hero.  Combined with Black Astoria Bases the Shesman Table tops used throughout the cafe add a wood element to the table settings carrying the eco feel throughout the dining space.

Parkside Cafe, Armidale

Wicklow Hotel – Armidale

Posted on October 24th, 2019


Wicklow Hotel


The Client

The Wicklow Hotel has been a part of Armidale since 1852. Originally named the Armidale Hotel, it is the New England region’s oldest licensed establishment. The Wicklow offers an extensive menu, an impressive wine list and 16 beers on tap, including the Wicklows very own ‘Wicklow Gold’ – a mid-strength lager brewed by a boutique local brewer.

The hotel has a warm and inviting atmosphere, with two log fires for those cold winter nights, and a sunny courtyard for those warm summer days. It’s a pub that caters for young and old, with a kids room for the younguns, and specialty beers and wines for the older ones. Not only will a drink at the Wicklow help support the town’s oldest venue, but you will also be helping to support a multitude of local sporting teams from Armidale and surrounds. 

You will find the Wicklow Hotel at: 
87 Marsh Street Armidale NSW 2350

You can also check them out online at:


 The Suburb 

Armidale is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. Armidale had a population of 24,504 as at June 2017. It is the administrative centre for the Northern Tablelands region. It is approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane at the junction of the New England Highway and Waterfall Way.

The area contains a number of places of outstanding natural beauty and scientific interest as well as several World Heritage national parks including the New England National Park and the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To the west is Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve.

Armidale has a subtropical highland climate influence. Armidale’s elevation gives it a milder climate, but the summers are still very warm. Winters are long and cool, with many frosty nights. Snowfall is rare, on average only one day in every three years.  The presence of four distinct seasons, unlike most of the rest of Australia, is the reason for the “New England” moniker and the autumn colours are a notable feature of the city.

What We Did

With its old English styling the Wicklow Hotel can transform you to times gone by.  Times of castles filled with timber and steel.  It is this that provided the inspiration for the furniture selection for the sports bar of the Wicklow Hotel.  The Genoa stools compliment the age of the building and these have been matched with black Preston dry bar frames with deep wood compact laminate tops.

Wicklow Hotel