'The Old England Hotel' Heidelberg is an iconic landmark for the region that offers much more than an old fashion dining experience. With a venue that can cater for family meals, social events, birthday parties, weddings, corporate functions as well as wine tasting, this hotel has a lot to offer.
Just a quick walk from the Heidelberg train station, this picturesque building is situated on the corner of Yarra Street and Lower Heidelberg Road. The hotel was established in 1848 and was a popular honeymoon resort for newlyweds of the time. Famously, 'The Old England Hotel' was considered a meeting place for many young struggling artists around the area in the late 1880's. This rich history is embedded in the decoration of the dining hall, with old Heidelberg photographs from the early days of the hotel lining the walls.
The Old England' bistro has won multiple awards for their dining experience, including best metropolitan hotel bistro in Victoria and Australia. The bistro is usually quite busy so if you wish to dine it might be an idea to book ahead, but they still cater to walk in customers. The food is thoroughly enjoyable, with dishes from old pub favorites like the parma, to exotic new additions like the mild duck curry. The wine list perfectly complements the menu, whilst being reasonably priced. However, I must say that the service is somewhat lacking, probably due to the hotel being reasonably busy most Friday and Saturday nights.
The hotel also offers a refreshing modern function room, ideal for events such as 21st birthday parties. Their upstairs 'e.bar' is a spacious and comfortable area to celebrate multiple events, having welcomed additions such as an outdoor heated terrace area and plasma televisions. They have a cocktail function menu that includes delectable finger food with vegetarian options available. Bar tabs are available for such events, with the minimum price being $800. The e.bar now also holds weekly trivia nights on Tuesday nights from 8pm. A great way to socialise with good friends and good beverages, not to mention that prizes can be won for expert trivia knowledge!
Whether you are local to the area, or are in Heidelberg just for a quick trip, 'The Old England Hotel' is well worth a visit. With friendly staff and warming food, it's a great night out for a winter feast. Whether your needs are for a delicious dish or a slick modern venue, this venue has you covered.