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North Kapunda Hotel

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Published June 15th 2021
Country pub hospitality with history
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North Kapunda Hotel

We seem to have a thing for finding down-to-earth country pubs lately and the North Kapunda Hotel fits nicely with that theme. We stopped for lunch on our recent road trip through the mid-north.

pub, kapunda, hotel, lunch, dinner, south australia
Sir Sidney Kidman Bar

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.

pub, kapunda, hotel, lunch, dinner, south australia
Salt and pepper squid and crumbed prawns

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'.

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Beef ribs

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Chicken schnitzel

There's a cute enclosed outdoor area out the back but we chose to dine in the cosy dining room to soak up the atmosphere.

pub, kapunda, hotel, lunch, dinner, south australia
Beer garden

pub, kapunda, hotel, lunch, dinner, south australia
Dining room

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.
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Why? Authentic country pub hospitality
When: Tuesday to Sunday
Phone: (08) 8566 2205
Where: Main Street, Kapunda
Cost: Varies
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Simple pub meals in pubs in small country towns are a delightful find when travelling as they all have history behind them, not to mention great food.
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