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Published November 8th 2014
Family Friendly Historic Top Pub
You can imagine this with horses tied up out front
For a long time this 'top pub' has been hotel of choice for locals and visitors alike. Its ideal location allows majestic views of Apollo Bay and marina. It's a short walk from the beach and across the road from a playground.
Dine in or outside in the courtyard for a relaxing and great value meal. While this hotel has clearly been renovated and includes game machines for children and a pool table, it also features old historic photos and unusual mauve and lemon headlights.
This Fisherman's village hotel frequently has live music and entertainment, a TAB, a bar and a drive-through bottle shop which is open till late every day.
We have just been fishing at the marina and apart from the baby whiting and puffer fish we (predictably) were not lucky enough to catch our dinner. The pub was warm and inviting and full of others seeking a hot meal and a glass of ale.
I was hoping for salmon
Be aware that during peak times there are two seatings, one at 6 PM and the other at 8 PM. We booked in to the earlier session as we have children and it seems like most diners at this time there for the same reason.
The Great Ocean Hotel caters for vegetarian and has gluten-free meals. They have the ever-popular chicken nuggets or fish and chips, pasta, and pizza for children. For $12.90, the children's meals included the main course a choice of deserts and a drink. The children's meals were delivered quickly and were hot. The chicken nuggets were homemade and chips crisp.
The excessive pepper was added later!
It was Palmi night, so for $15 there are a selection of parmas. They were very large and came with hot chips. The most expensive meals included the steaks. Angus beef was priced $35.
Hot and spicy vegetarian lasagna
I chose the vegetarian risotto ($22), which included pumpkin, spinach, capsicum, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and lip tingling chilli. I like my food served very hot and this is exactly how it came out.
The children picked frog in the pond for dessert, which included a Freddo frog in the green jelly and a scoop of ice cream. Believe it or not the children couldn't remember if they had had one before. This probably means they haven't which I admit seems dreadfully neglectful.
A good old fashioned Aussie dessert
The meal was very inexpensive, even with drinks. They accept the Entertainment Book vouchers.
I think this would be a glorious place to go on a hot sunny day. I'd eat outside, order another risotto and perhaps a Pina Colada. Then I'd stagger to the beach, lather on the coconut oil and bake for a few hours until I blistered. Sorry, I thought I was a teenager again for a few moments. If you happen to be at Apollo Bay the Great Ocean Hotel is worth a look, even if it's just to quench the thirst after a hot day on the beach.