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Barwon Hotel, Winchelsea

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published December 31st 2019
An ideal stop for a good pub meal
Said to be the third oldest hotel in Victoria, the Barwon Hotel is located on the banks of the Barwon River, which flows through Geelong before entering Bass Strait at Barwon Heads.

Barwon Hotel.
A rustic look.

Winchelsea is only a 30 minute drive west from Geelong. If travelling from Melbourne on the Princes Highway, it is the first town that you pass through and the Barwon Hotel is the ideal break in your journey westward.

Their menu is typical of any country hotel and the range of menu items will suit all tastes.

Hotel dining area.
The dining area, order at end.

My choice was salt and pepper calamari with chips and salad. All three items were delicious, with the calamari very tender.

My calamari, good enough to eat and it was.

My dining partner (wife) chose one of her favourites, chicken satay sticks. She chose the entree size portion and was fully sated by the time it had been consumed.

satay chicken
Satay chicken sticks.

We both also had a milkshake, which was most flavoursome. My after lunch coffee was hot and tasty, if I can call a coffee tasty.

Hotel dining area.
We weren't alone.

Just off the dining area is a small playroom to keep the young ones amused, while waiting for meals to arrive.

play area
Children's play room, small, but so are the inhabitants.

The Barwon is open for lunch and dinner seven days of the week. Lunch is served between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm, with dinner available between 5.30 pm and 8.30 pm.

picnic area
The picnic area from the hotel.

After your meal you can partake of a gentle stroll in the large grassy picnic area next to the hotel and take in some water views of the passing Barwon River.

picnic area
Plenty of room.

You can also admire the three-arched bluestone bridge opened in 1867 to replace the earlier timber bridge built in 1849. It is no longer open to traffic, but you can take a nostalgic walk across it.

Historic bridge.
The historic bridge.

Barwon river.
The passing Barwon River.

In front of the hotel is the Winchelsea War memorial.

Winchelsea War Memorial
Part of the War Memorial.

Part of the war memorial is a 25 pound piece of ordnance.

The 25 pound piece of ordinance with bridge walk in the background.

Next to the war memorial is an undercover picnic shelter and an adjacent toilet block for those only wanting a quick pit stop.

We have lunched at the Barwon Hotel several times and are always happy to return.
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When: Lunch and dinner time
Where: Main Street, Winchelsea. Melways map: 511. B.8.
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The food looks mouth watering. Setting is incredible.
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 222 days ago
Looks like a great stopover with plenty to walk around and have a look at after lunch.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 222 days ago
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