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Published October 12th 2015
Where is the best meal in the Adelaide hills?
Living and eating in Adelaide is easy as there is so much on offer to delight the palates of even the fussiest person. Recently I went on a dining quest which involved going out and about over a couple of weeks and enjoying a wonderful variety of edible delights.
The first outing was to the Three Brothers Arms in Macclesfield. Image courtesy website.
Located just 45 kilometres south of Adelaide in the tiny picturesque town of Macclesfield, the Three Brothers Arms was established in 1841. Once you step inside you are reminded of a traditional old English pub by the heavy wooden beams and posts. Luckily the original features have been preserved by the various owners over the years.
The front room of the hotel as you walk in. In winter the two open fireplaces add a cosy atmosphere.
With two bars and a restaurant area, the Three Brothers Arms offers a selection of fine meals featuring local produce along with a huge variety of beers, wines and assorted beverages.
The menu features traditional pub fare from schnitzels, burgers, lamb shanks, Guinness pie, fish and chips, pork belly or salmon.
My partner enjoyed the roasted pork belly with brandied pear and topped with a chilli plum glaze.
There are also vegetarian options from eggplant stack, vegetarian pasta or a Mediterranean vegetable gratin.
For the non meat eaters the seafood basket may be an option; it's one of the very best I've had in a pub or restaurant.
For the meat lovers the chargrill section features a Scotch Fillet or Porterhouse steak all served with smashed garlic chat potatoes and a selection of sauces.
One of my carnivore friends opted for the Beef cheek and Guinness Dark Ale pie. He was very impressed and it came on a bed of creamy potato mash, with wilted spinach with baby carrots.
If you have room you can choose from a wonderful array of desserts. The cheesecake, crème brulee, chocolate mousse, apple strudel, pecan pie, sticky date pudding and lemon curd tart are all lovingly made in-house.
The salted caramel and chocolate peacan pie was served on a white chocolate sauce with vanilla bean ice-cream, and rolled in a toffee walnut praline. Yum!
If you are looking for a lovely weekend drive in the Adelaide Hills, the Three Brothers Arms is a fantastic place to stop for a gastronomic lunch or dinner, or even just to sample their wide selection of beers. The food is locally sourced, carefully prepared and well presented.
One of my favourites is the sticky date pudding. This variation is made from soft Iranian dates, sweet salted caramel toffee sauce, smooth vanilla ice-cream with local fresh strawberries.
Great article, thanks Satya. We love this place too when we go for a Sunday drive (or a post Skydiving trip, a few weekends ago)! The creamy garlic prawns served on a bed of jasmine rice was superb (!!!) and the kids meals were huge and delicious. Greg had the schnitzel and it was really really good. He is a massive fan of the HUGE international beer list!
This historic pub certainly has atmosphere,Have not eaten there for many a year,so now that I have read your article,must give it a try again.The photo of the dining room bar,captures the ambiance of the interior.Over the years the food has been a bit hit and miss...always a concern when visiting small country pubs.The seafood basket would appeal to me as it is rare you get a tender piece of meat these days.