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The Crown Hotel, situated on McKenzie Street in Dayboro has a long and interesting history. For starters, this great old pub isn't where the Crown Hotel's story began ..... The story begins in 1887 with James Kinkead Berry constructing a brick building to be used as a home and a store, on land adjacent to the present hotel site. This also became the unofficial post office, with Berry being appointed Post Master in 1888. After several unsuccessful hotel licence applications by Berry, a provisional licence was granted for the Crown Hotel in 1892 and the original brick building became the Crown Hotel, with a new timber structure being added as a general store.
In 1913 the hotel block was transferred to Francis James Thomson Hepburn, who then erected a two-storied timber hotel on nearby land - this is the Crown Hotel as we know it today. The hotel has passed through the hands of several owners over the years: James Kinkead Berry, Francis James Thomson Hepburn, TJ & JT Delaney, Castlemaine Perkins Limited, Quetel Pty Ltd, the Henzell family and finally the current owners. Likewise, the hotel has seen a long line of licensees come and go - all adding to the rich history of this iconic pub. A visit to the Dayboro District Historical Society and Information Centre (located in Dayboro Cottage, Williams Street) will enlighten visitors who are interested in a more detailed history of the Crown Hotel.
A day trip to Dayboro just wouldn't be complete with sitting on the verandah here, under the weeping fig tress, enjoying an icy cold drink and a pub meal. The hotel's location affords visitor's a great view down the main street of Dayboro and across to the rolling hills of the valley.
Whilst the food here has had varied reviews, I can honestly say that I have always enjoyed my lunch at the Crown. Don't expect 5 star dining - remember, this is a pub, not the Hilton! The menu offers a good variety of meals that are priced reasonably for what you get. Service here is prompt and the staff are friendly and helpful. The best part of a stop here, however, is just chilling out on the verandah and watching the world go by.
As the trip to Dayboro is popular with those riding bikes, it's not unusual (especially on weekends) to see a line up of bikes parked outside the pub whilst riders quench their thirsts and grab a bite to eat, before heading in the direction of Mt Mee and Woodford.
Why not take a day trip to Dayboro? The picturesque drive (or ride) takes roughly 45 minutes and passes through beautiful countryside. The Crown Hotel serves lunch from 12 - 2pm Tuesday to Saturday, from 11.30am - 2.15pm on Sunday and dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm - 8pm. If you are planning to enjoy a meal with a group of friends of a weekend, it's advisable to call and make a booking. It's worth noting that there is no accommodation at the pub but there are several accommodation options in the area. Both the Blue Ridge Lavender Farm and the Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks are great spots to base yourself for a country escape. Aside from this historic hotel, the township of Dayboro has a lot to offer visitors. See here for further information on visiting Dayboro for a day trip or a weekend escape.