The North Kapunda Hotel opened in November 1849 as the North Kapunda Arms. The hotel was named the Sir Sidney Kidman Hotel in 1875 and eventually renamed the North Kapunda Hotel in 2010. It's had a colourful history - the pub was the site of the first reading of the Riot Act in South Australia from the hotel balcony and ghost hunters claim it is the most haunted pub in Australia.
We didn't pick up on any hauntings when we were there but we did enjoy some authentic food and hospitality. The menu has all the pub favourites including starters like crumbed camembert, salt and pepper squid and rustic bruschetta, of course, you can get garlic bread and chips or wedges. Over and above the usual pub fare, the menu includes kangaroo, seafood, pasta and salad, desserts are on the specials board.
On our visit, we tried the beef ribs special and a chicken schnitzel. Both were hearty and traditional, almost like a home-cooked meal. Seniors and kid's meals are available at reasonable prices, senior's meal prices include cake and coffee. The drinks are nothing fancy and what you'd expect from a country pub, the beers are cold and that'll do. You can order them from the 'Sir Sidney Kidman Bar'.
You never really know what to expect when you're in a little town and there's hardly anybody around. Unlike the glitzy modern city pubs, South Australian country pubs can seem a bit closed. But as you open the old doors, you step into a different world. It's an older, kinder, and cosier world. A lot of these pubs probably run on the smell of an oily rag and I'd encourage everyone to get out of town and support them.
The North Kapunda Hotel is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch from 12pm to 2pm and dinner from 6pm to 8pm.