News

Lonely Planet slams Nimbin Pub

Cheesed-off: Stuart Campbell and Angelica Samut, owner-operators of Hummingbird Bistro at the Freemasons Hotel in Nimbin, busy in their kitchen.
Cheesed-off: Stuart Campbell and Angelica Samut, owner-operators of Hummingbird Bistro at the Freemasons Hotel in Nimbin, busy in their kitchen. Jacklyn Wagner

LONELY Planet founder Tony Wheeler won't be welcome in Nimbin any time soon following the publishing of a new international travel book that rates the Nimbin pub's pizza as the 'world's worst'.

The owner-operators of the Hummingbird Bistro at the Freemasons Hotel, Angelica Salmut and Stuart Campbell, were horrified to learn of the listing this week as they don't even have pizza on their menu.

"It's unbelievable that they would do that," Ms Salmut said.

"As far as I can figure the 'review' could be a couple of years old and possibly about a previous operator of the bistro.

"I've been trying to source it on the internet and it appears to have been uploaded in 2009, but I don't know when it originated from."

Ms Salmut said the careless review stung because they took a lot of care with their food.

"We started up here in June 2008 and we put a lot of effort sourcing local fresh produce and organic meats in keeping with Nimbin's theme," he said. "We also serve a lot of vegetarian and vegan foods."

The furore began on Sunday when the UK's The Independent published a review of the book, The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel, which was published earlier this month.

Topping the list of dubious delicacies in the book, such as 'spleen burgers', 'boiled fermented cow's nose' and 'random pig organs', was the world's worst pizza, complete with a quote from Mr Wheeler, the founder of Lonely Planet travel guides.

"Many contenders but the pub in Nimbin, northern New South Wales, wins. How could the Australian centre for dope smoking, hippy free-living produce something so bloodyawful?" it read.

The Titanic Awards were initiated by former Chicago Tribune travel columnist Doug Lansky, who now lives in Sweden and could not be contacted yesterday.

He has now produced a book listing 2000 reviews and rankings of the world's worst in food and travel by 'better travelled than average people'.

It goes on to say:"Sometimes it's just as important to know where not to eat as where to eat. Here's proof from hardcore travellers like Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet founder."

The Northern Star contacted Lonely Planet yesterday, but Mr Wheeler was not available - though staff said they would try to get back to us.

The Freemasons' manager, Debbie Guest, said she doubted that Lonely Planet had that much influence any more since recent plagiarism scandals had rocked the credibility of the once sacred tome.

"We have a certain pride as a community that relies of tourism," she said.

"Lonely Planet has previously knocked Nimbin saying people shouldn't come here because of the violence - which really is no different to anywhere else these days."



Additional flood recovery grants announced for our farmers

Coraki post flood.

"These grants will help our farmers get back on their feet"

Truck crash causes traffic chaos on Pacific Highway

A salvage operation involving a truck took place at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Cameron St near Maclean on Thursday morning, 25th May, 2017.

Traffic affected as salvage operation takes place

Work starts on supermarket, retail and cinema complex

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

Local Partners

Bridge to close for repair works

ESSENTIAL repair work will be carried out after the cross beams on the bridge were damaged last year by a truck transporting an excavator.


First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

LISA Wilkinson has denied a gender pay gap on The Today Show despite reports claiming her co-host Karl Stefanovic earns more than double her wage.

Rebel Wilson trial: The secret we never could have known

Rebel Wilson outside court

“Most people wouldn’t know it exists,” she said.

Janet’s back in the ring

Marta Dusseldorp returns in season three of the TV series Janet King.

Season three of ABC's legal drama delves deeper than ever before.

Game of Thrones drops new trailer for season 7

Game of Thrones fans have been given a new trailer for season 7.

Fans are finally getting a full-throttled peak at season seven.

How true-blue train driver became a TV star

Bernie Baker stars in the TV series Railroad Australia.

Fan reactions still surprise Bernie Baker.

Conviction for Snapchat body shaming of elderly woman

Dani Mathers was arrested after snapping a photo of a naked, elderly woman in a US gym and posting it on social media. Picture: Supplied

Model convicted for secretly snapping and posting a naked gym pic

Work starts on supermarket, retail and cinema complex

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

Work starts on supermarket, retail and cinema complex

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!