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Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea

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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published July 7th 2014
What do you do on a wet cold Saturday? Well my friend and I usually go for a drive and try to find a nice, out of the way pub to have a meal. We both enjoy a pot of beer too. So cruising to a pub (hotel) for a meal and drink is a great way to fill in the day. It also gives me some material for my reviews.

Not one to let the roadworks on the highway deter us, we headed along the Geelong Ring Road, then headed down the Princes Highway. Our destination? Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea.

Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea
Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea

To get to the Barwon Hotel, drive through Winchelsea, over the bridge and Barwon River, and turn left into the service road. Then turn sharp left into the Barwon Hotel car park. The Barwon Hotel is a quaint old style hotel that backs on to the Barwon River.

We went in to the bar and we were greeted by a lovely young lady who was running the bar and gave us such friendly, warm service. We ordered our meal, and a pot of beer each. My friend went outside for a smoke (there's a warm, covered area outside the bar for smokers). When he came back in, we had a game of pool while we waited for our meal.

Chicken parmigiana, Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea
Chicken parmigiana, Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea

We didn't have to wait long for our meals. I ordered chicken parmigiana with salad and chips. My friend ordered bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) with vegetables. What a meal. My chicken parmigiana was amazing and so big that it covered my plate. I couldn't eat it all. I even shared some of the chicken parmigiana with my friend. I left most of my chips. My friend's meal looked great and he enjoyed it. We both struggled to eat everything on our plates. I'm not complaining. It's very satisfying to have a nice, big, tasty country meal dished up.

Quaint pool cue holder
Horseshoe Chair, Barwon Hotel

We had two games of pool. We both won a game each. It was a great pool table, easy to play on, and my balls actually fell into the pockets a few times. We had another pot each while we finished out second game. I had a nice afternoon and absolutely loved this country pub.

Pool Table, Barwon Hotel Winchelsea
Pool Table, Barwon Hotel Winchelsea

I would say to anybody who is avoiding the Princes Highway and the short drive to Winchelsea from Geelong because of the roadworks, you really are missing out on country hospitality and tasty country meals. It's only a short drive down the highway from Geelong to Winchelsea. The speed limits can be annoying, as you go from 60 kilometres to 80 kilometres, 40 kilometres to 60 kilometres to 80 kilometres. If you can get past the annoyance, and just enjoy the drive, Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea is a great pub to visit.

We dined in the bar and had access to the bar menu. I'm sure the lounge menu would be similar in choices but maybe a bit different in price. We didn't go into the lounge so I didn't get to see the prices. Some of the menu choices in the bar were steak sangers (sandwiches) and chicken schnitzel burgers.

About the Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea

The Bar, Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea
The Bar, Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea

The Barwon Hotel sits on 2.5 acres. It overlooks the Bluestone Bridge and the Barwon River. It is about a 30 minute drive from Geelong or the Surf Coast to Winchelsea, and the Barwon Hotel. Barwon Hotel was established in 1842, making it the first commercial building in the area.

The Barwon Hotel is in the centre of Winchelsea. The Barwon Hotel is an historic building, as it is one of the earliest constructions in Winchelsea, when the town was founded, next to the river crossing.

The new owner of the Barwon Hotel has introduced a few changes to the hotel, including a children's room and an alfresco dining area.

The Barwon Hotel offers an extensive menu with a variety of lunch and dinner options. Gluten free meals are available. There is a great children's menu. There are seasonal varieties at affordable prices. I especially loved he old fashioned country hospitality. Our bar maid was just a lovely person with a great manner, and made us feel so welcome.

Table and chairs, outside Barwon Hotel
Table and chairs, outside Barwon Hotel

There is a real country atmosphere to the Barwon Hotel. It's open 7 days a week for meals, lunch and dinner. The hotel is open daily from 11.30am. There is a children's menu and a children's play room. You can book for group bookings and functions. Contact details below. There is regular live entertainment and also entertainment for the children.

The Barwon Hotel also has a bottle shop, a small museum and the historic building is filled with historic pubobilia.

Barwon Hotel is located on the Princes Highway between Geelong and Colac. It is approximately 112 kilometres south-west of Melbourne.

To see what events are happening at the Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea, you can check out their Facebook page.
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Why? Great hospitality, friendly service, huge country meals
When: For lunch or dinner, opens at 11.30am
Phone: 03 5267 2046
Where: 1 River Road, Winchelsea
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I just wanted to let people know that the double lane highway is now open from Geelong to Winchelsea. I recently drove down to Warrnambool and it was a pleasure to drive along the double lane highway to Winchelsea.
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