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Salopian Inn Restaurant

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published August 8th 2014
Defining good food in the Southern Vales
The Salopian Inn has been an institution in the Southern Vales for many years. It is housed in a homestead circa 1851. A solid stone building, built to last. With an old vine covered verandah.

Salopian Inn
Salopian Inn


The Salopian Inn opens from Wednesday to Sunday for lunch. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner.

Through there have been changes in décor and owners over the years, the Vales view remains.

The Southern Vales view
The Southern Vales view


What people will always remember is the quality of the food and dining experience.

Attending on a cold winter evening we were greeted by welcoming staff and views of the interior and its sumptuous bar. The décor has a clean rustic look, there are some prints on the walls, notably one of Billycart champagne, but this is one of the few champagne selections that is not on the drinks menu.

There is an open kitchen and the overall look has a country feel.
The tables are set with glass jars containing cutlery. Serviettes are rolled up and tied with a small printed luggage tag. There is a sense of detail in the preparation.

The menu specialises in fresh seasonal produce, so has a smaller range on offer. Which makes the menu selection easier to make.

Come on in for a Vietnamese Pancake
Come on in for a Vietnamese Pancake


For those who like to give over the menu choice completely there is a shared set menu of 5 courses at $65 per person. This menu offering is similarly offered by Fino
and Andre's Cucina

I settled on the fresh snapper cooked with nuts and served with freshly baked naan bread. This was beautifully presented and very moorish. My only regret is that my appetite did not stretch to dessert, with so many temptations on the menu, including a chocolate soufflé.

Dessert temptations
Dessert temptations


It should be noted that the drinks menu was the most detailed I have ever come across. Including a very fine range of champagne.
There is a tendency for some diners to steer clear of perceived upmarket restaurants. While willing to go to a pub and pay similar prices. Main course here were in the $30 to $35 range.

It is worth going to a venue that specialises entirely in food and really knows this well.

Salopian Inn
Salopian Inn


Attention to details at the Salopian Inn was faultless.

I intend to explore the menu and that vast drinks selection again soon.

Vast selection of drinks from the bar
Vast selection of drinks from the bar


Hopefully, when not so worn out from the working week that I can't give full justice to the fresh talented chefs creations.

It is worth finding the time to relax in this old homestead and give in to the temptations of the best cooked country food and bar the Southern Vales has to offer.

Salopian Inn
Salopian Inn

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Why? Divine food
When: Hours: Lunch Wed -Sun; dinner Thu-Sat
Phone: 8323 8769
Where: McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale
Cost: Starters $20; mains $32; dessert $15
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