The mellow old building and add-ons are in a complex that includes a retail outlet with truly awesome stock, and the inevitable pokies. But bandit-haters be assured - they are segregated. For others, there is a big, airy bar fronting the veranda and leading to a pavilion-style dining room which overlooks tables and chairs in a manicured garden. What regularly draws crowds here is a menu which is eclectic, of quality and keenly priced. Pies, steaks and schnitzels to be sure together with enough alternatives to ring the changes whatever your mood and appetite.The food and an excellent wine list are not the only drawcards - the staff is agreeable and efficient.Meals come to the table with a sense of flourish and dishes, such as pumpkin soup and Atlantic salmon fillet, are excellent. Bruschetta come topped with hollandaise, capers and al dente asparagus. Beef fillet is cooked to perfection and served with scallops and snow peas on mashed potato.
The first thing that went through my mind as I wandered into this pub with my friends was that the beer garden really looked like one of those places where you could have a wedding reception (not that I’ve been to all that many). The rest of the pub was okay though, but it seemed as if all of the effort had been placed into the garden. Mind you the other thing was that they had some decent beers on tap as well, something that I also really appreciate.
Slightly on the high prices side - but a classy hotel with perfectly cooked good can charge what they charge.
The drinks were slow to come out, and some of the female waitress's were not happy to be there (well so it appeared)
The beer garden is a spectacular atmosphere in the finer weather
If youre looking for something to do on a Tuesday night then this is the place to be. Especially during the warmer months this place can get really busy. The crowd is good looking and you tend to run into a lot of people who work in the hospitality industry here (because theyre usually working on a Friday / Saturday night) as well as the younger crowd (uni students). The beer garden is very popular during summer and youll have to get there early if you want to get in. Sometimes during the summer months you will see a massive line up outside. Its also busy during special occasions such as the Melbourne cup in which case you will need to book well in advance if you want to get in. On weekends they host a lot of functions such as weddings and birthday parties so you will find a wider variety of people / age groups during this time.