The township of One Tree Hill is situated just ten minutes from the urban hub of Elizabeth City Centre in Adelaide's northern suburbs. Perched high on a hill overlooking fields and vines, it has a charming rural feel.
At the centre of the town is The Blacksmiths Inn. It's named so because way back in 1864, the building was originally the residence and business of the town's blacksmith. These days it's a neat little village hotel with a shady beer garden and spacious dining rooms - all with a Scottish pub feel.
We visited for weekday lunch on a beautiful autumn day. They offer simple but delicious entrees like fried camembert (my favourite) or arancini balls, and chips or wedges. The range of meals offers a wide choice from burgers and fish and chips to pizza, salads, and schnitzels. They also have an unusually extensive 'vegan and vego' menu. The specials board changes often and kids are catered for with their own menu with all their favourites.
We ordered the fried camembert and oysters Kilpatrick for entrée. What can I say? Just good old-fashioned pub grub and a tasty way to start the meal.
For mains, we went with the lambs fry from the specials board, a Blacky's mixed grill, and a meat lovers pizza. All the meals were on the table in good time, were well presented, and tasted great. They do a great range of steaks at The Blacksmiths Inn - my mixed grill certainly fit the bill nicely.
The serving portions are quite large (particularly for lunch). Of course, we enjoyed them but at a leisurely pace, enjoying a chat and the views. We didn't really have room left for sweets but managed to share a cheesecake with cream and strawberries for dessert. Again, these dishes aren't complicated. There's no need for long and pretentious descriptions. You know what to expect and you'll definitely be pleased with them.
The drinks list is extensive with a good range of SA wines and Tennent's Lager on tap (only one in SA) among many other choices, including coffee and tea.
We finally rolled out of the place a couple of hours later as the beer garden was starting to fill with what looked like a regular after work crowd. The pub has live music from time to time and the front garden looks perfect for an afternoon of eating, drinking, and entertainment.
You don't have to crowd yourself into the suburbs and you don't need to go gallivanting off over the hills to enjoy an authentic country pub. The Blacksmiths Inn at One Tree Hill is an excellent example of the kind of country gems you'll find when you look in a different direction for a bit of a change.