The Totness Inn Hotel opened in 1918 and was well-regarded for its facilities. It even became a popular holiday destination for a time when the railway arrived a few months later. It's now largely a destination for locals but I've seen many a motorcyclist group and day-trippers enjoying the hotel on weekends.
We arrived on a sunny and cool autumn afternoon and parked across the road, in what was the old carriage turnaround area. We cracked open the small security screened door to the dining area and found a cosy dining room with the smell of wood fire lingering gently around us. All was quiet but the service was quick upon ringing the desk bell. We ordered our meals straight away and wandered off to find the bar before sitting down.
It was a bit cool outside but we chose to sit in the sun to make the most of what little bit of warmth remained for the season.
The menu is short - as is the drinks 'list'. The wines by the glass change according to what they've got (hey, it's a country pub) but both include all the favourites. Entrees are the usual chips, wedges and garlic bread and the mains include steaks, schnitzels, fish and chips, soup, and Caesar salad. All pretty traditional if you ask me, but that's fine.
We ordered the rump steak with salad and chips and a pumpkin soup. The rump steak actually looked like a 300 gram steak when it hit the table, which is unusual these days. The salad and chips on the side are the usual stuff and they do a great job here. The pumpkin soup was excellent. Both serves, like the steak, were generous.
We enjoyed a glass of red wine with our meals as we watched main street Mount Pleasant go by for an hour or so. All the usual country pub drink selections are available at the bar and there's dessert options if you'd like to linger a while longer.
All up, the Totness Inn Hotel is basic but satisfying. It's in a beautiful part of the world and you know what to expect. If you're keen to try an authentic Aussie country pub, just an hour and a bit from the city, then make the Totness Inn Hotel a destination on your next road trip to the northern Adelaide Hills region or the Barossa Valley.
Country Pubs and cafes tend to supply large serves. Good cafes / roadhouses tend to supply large reasonably priced meals. If there is trucks there it is a good indication. Words travel very fast amongst the truckies whether an eating place is good or bad. Even if there is a large designated truck parking section if the food is not good you will find the truck park is empty. I know of one large one in the Murraylands that is not used because the standard of food has dropped so much