Photog, foodie, travel enthusiast and curious observer who has recently moved to Adelaide.
Published January 1st 2016
A new lease on life
If you are venturing into the Adelaide Hills for the day, or if you live there and are stuck for somewhere to go for a bite to eat or an afternoon session with friends, the Crafers Inn may be the place for you.
The original Crafers Inn, steeped in history, was built around 1839. However, in 1926 the original structure burnt down having to be rebuilt. Recently the Inn has undergone (approx.) a $3m renovation, giving this once old and dated pub a new lease on life.
The Inn has replaced the old musty interior for a modern, light and inviting feel. A venue to be enjoyed for all seasons. Tasteful and elegant finishes compliment the exposed stone walls and the fire place remains in tact in most of the rooms, maintaining the warmth and cosy feel of a country pub nestled in the Adelaide Hills, especially for the cooler months. The exterior has also undergone a new coat of paint with updated outdoor furnishings, so that those wanting to enjoy the beautiful weather (or those who smoke) can enjoy the outdoors in comfort.
A friend and I went there for lunch, it was a very quiet time of day and the space felt very inviting. It was a public holiday so a special menu was in place. I had the pork belly which I found to be delicious and the wine menu had a nice selection available.
When I went there for dinner it was a slightly different story, the venue was packed (which was great to see) with people of all ages (young, old, couples and families). I did find that the meal quality suffered slightly under such pressure - whilst still tasty, my lamb was slightly underdone. However the staff were very helpful and attentive and my meal was returned to me promptly, nice and pink!
I definitely recommend the Inn! It's a great venue in a great area! Only 20 minutes out of the city, it is well worth the visit!!
I have been there myself and I agree with your comments.The place was still undergoing renovations and for a time there was a lot of noise going on upstairs.I think it is time I went back and see how things are looking.Great old pub,given a new lease of life.