Founded in 1873, the General Havelock Hotel is also known as The Havey. This hotel offers a good range of pub style food as well as some restaurant dishes. Aside from their main menu, the hotel also has a snack menu to cater for people who drop by between lunch and dinner service.
Their Steak Sandwich was of a good size. The Scotch fillet that formed a key part of the dish was not too tough. The most notable part of the dish was the fig and onion jam, which gave the dish a slightly sweet flavour. Accompanying the dish were lovely crisp chips with fluffy interiors, and tomato sauce to dip the chips in. A steak knife was provided for cutting the sandwich into more manageable portions if you feel eating the sandwich as a whole is too difficult to handle.
One of the dishes that would be at home at a restaurant, the pork tenderloin in the Murrayvale Pork Tenderloin, was cooked just right. The wrapping of prosciutto added a bit of a salty flavour. The earthy cauliflower puree and sweet roasted sweet potato balanced out the pork's saltiness and the jus tied everything together nicely.
Murrayvale Pork Tenderloin (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Risotto Balls and Zucchini & Sweetcorn Fritters are two of the dishes that are part of The Harvey's Grazing Plates selection. These dishes are great for sharing with a small group of friends. While we thought the Zucchini & Sweetcorn Fritters could have been a bit crispier, it still had enough flavour to make eating it enjoyable. To add a bit more flavour, you can dip it in the yoghurt sauce served alongside it. The Risotto Balls featured a mushroom filling during our visit which had a delectable earthy flavour. The filling's soft texture was contrasted well with the crumb coating.
Risotto Balls and Zucchini & Sweetcorn Fritters (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To make eating there more economical, the hotel offers a selection of daily deals such as complimentary wine with any grilled dish on Wednesdays, and $15 American Burgers on Tuesdays. The décor of the restaurant gave it a cosy and rustic feel and there is a good amount of parking space on the street where the hotel is located.