By the campfire at night we'll hear the wild dingoes call
But there's-a nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear
Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer"
So sings Slim Dusty in his most well known song. On Easter Saturday we ventured inland to search for the actual titular "Pub With No Beer"; found at the end of a winding drive through the countryside, 30km west of Macksville at Taylors Arm, 20km from Dusty's Kempsey birthplace.
Unfortunately, upon arrival we discovered that the pub had recently come under new ownership with Murray's Brewery moving to a new location in Port Stephens. It was almost a case of the pub having no beer, as the range of Murray's beers available, the main reason for our visit, had been steadily dwindling since the change. We had viewed the old website, the new one not even appearing in a Google search for 'pub with no beer'.
The food was also not the gourmet feast we were hoping for. Standard pub fare, burgers, fish and chips, schnitzel, steaks etc and not really worth commenting on, but it was tasty, good value and popular with families seeking a relaxed lunch venue.
The Pub With No Beer, 4 Main Road, Taylors Arm, NSW 2447.