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Published August 10th 2012
A town with more cheer
The Mt Macedon Hotel just reopened before that it was a town without beer - Photo by Harriet Dashnow
When we asked a local where to find a good lunch in Mount Macedon, he said "they have just reopened the old pub. Thank God, because we have been without a hotel for a year."
So we decided to give the Mt Macedon Hotel a whirl.
Walking in to the packed rooms gave new meaning to the old Fats Waller lyrics " the joint is jumpin'/It's really jumpin."
There was a sea of diners, some on the rafters I presume although I failed to look.
If someone had not that moment vacated a table we might have turned on our heels, but they did leave so we decided to squeeze in with the Sunday lunch crowd.
The diverse crowd giving some indication of pastimes in the area. There were bushwalkers who had walked the trail down from the Mont Macedon Cross, cyclists in their bright yellow safety gear, couples visiting Mount Macedon's glorious gardens, disgruntled locals who having now gained their pub back only to lose it to the tourists and churchgoers from the nearby church all dressed up in their Sunday best.
All congregated in this new temple to food, wine and grog.
The pub was glossy with new paint, black window frames and rosy walls plus rich red plush carpet. Even the beer taps (and more important to me the cider tap) gleamed. Some real thought had gone into what hangs on the walls - lots of interesting old framed posters and funky little corners with unusual fixtures including a stuffed bird with its egg. The talking piece is definitely the extensive pressed tin ceiling in the bar which gleams like silver-lined clouds.
Mt Macedon Hotel gleaming pressed tin ceiling - Photo by Harriet Dashnow
Lots of interesting wall posters- Photo by Harriet Dashnow
How nice to see a pub with roaring open fires. I am sure it is the simple sight of smoke puffing cheerily from the outside chimneys that lures in those who were simply passing by.
These cosy fire places and the rich wood panelling and heavy wooden tables and chairs give the pub an olde English feel.
This Englishness was reflected in the bar menu with a shepherd's pie, fish and chip and hearty potato and leek soup. Other items included usual pub fare such as pizzas both traditional and gourmet, porterhouse steak, mixed grill and nice looking burgers in plump round buns which were marching out of the kitchen as if they had legs of their own. The bar also serves thick chips known as "fat boys" which were particularly memorable especially with a side serve of home-made aioli.
The meals in the other two dining areas are more salubrious, but it was too packed to gain entry.
Throughout the hotel there is real emphasis on local wines.
There is a real emphasis on local wines - photo by Harriet Dashnow
Due to the newness of this establishment you won't yet find a menu on the Internet, but trust me it is worth the drive. Just get in early so you can get a seat or make sure you book. Then explore all the other great things the area has to offer. Nearby Trentham and Woodend are also well-worth visiting. Or you can tie in your visit with Mount Macedon's Open Gardens Scheme.
This pub will also be offering accommodation after September 2012.
Gloss black window frames - photo by Harriet Dashnow
Mount Macedon Hotel used to be my favourite spot until they closed down , was soo happy they reopened! went there on Sunday, was very impressed! Warm hospitality; nice atmosphere; definetly will be going there often!!