Built in 1853, the Ravenswood Hotel originally began as a wheat farm in 1838. Large open plan and separate areas appear to have the appearance as additions or extensions when you look at the doorways and walls. Without knowing the exact history, at this point I can only assume.
Something else you readily notice is the feel of the stressed wooden floors under your feet. They move and creak like floors in an old house too, but fit with the charm of the hotel.
The décor is more modern, but nicely chosen to suit the building the way it is. These are all details you notice before you sit down to eat, especially if the place you're at has a lot of character about it.
Modern decor throughout, blended to suit historic hotel
We chose to sit inside the riverside Restaurant, as opposed to the Lounge Bar dining which is completely open between the bar and kitchen service area. Our views of the Murray River and rolling green banks were so serene and spectacular. Restaurant dining also has a few separate and quirky spaces, including a closed off room.
Riverside Restaurant dining with serene Murray River views
After perusing the Summer Menu and making our choices we headed back to the kitchen service area to order our food. Although they bring the food to your table, you are required to organise and pay for it at the counter. They accept both cash and card.
Drinks are ordered and paid for separately across the Lounge Bar dining area at the Bar. The Bar only accepts cash and provide an on-site ATM back across the other side of the room. All simply a minor inconvenience; no major problems encountered.
I had the 'Salt and Pepper Calamari' for $25. The substantial serving of thick ring calamari was very tender and tasty. It came with a side salad of mango, red onion, lettuce medley and vinaigrette. These two dishes were particularly good value as far as seafood goes.
We also ordered three servings of Kid's Nuggets at $10.50 each. All Kid's Meals come with one postmix drink and an ice-cream. Don't forget about the inclusion of postmix when organising your separate alcohol or drinks order; we did and bought a jug of soft drink instead.
Seating capacity within the riverside Restaurant is 80-100 people, not including the Lounge Bar which is quite spacious. The Lounge Bar is separate from the Main Bar located on the other side, both having a variety of beers on tap. The Main Bar has pool tables, TAB services and Fox Sports.
Outside you'll find the beer garden on the upper banks of the Murray River. A jetty is available for temporary, private mooring if you pull in for a beer via the water. Commercial boat tours are conducted to and from here as well.
There's also a host of activities, music or live entertainment on throughout the week, so check out the events calendar if you're interested.
For enquiries about functions, weddings, parties or accommodation, phone the hotel on (08) 9537 6054. Motel and Chalet style lodging is available from $110-$140 per night, depending upon accommodation choice and day of the year.
Entrance to Hotel Lounge Bar & Riverside Restaurant
Located at Lot 65 Lloyd Avenue just off Pinjarra Road in Ravenswood, the Hotel and Restaurant is approximately one hour's drive South of Perth. Widespread parking is available. General enquiries can be made on (08) 9537 6054.