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Published August 7th 2012
Relax, enjoy and indulge in Yarra Glen
Recently my husband and I were lucky enough to be treated to a weekend at the The Yarra Glen Grand Hotel. And as the name says - Grand it was. Although it wasn't far for us to travel, once we stepped inside the hotel we felt like we had gone back in time. I only wished I could have dressed in more era-appropriate gear.
Built in 1888 and classified by the National Trust, the Pub had remained in the same family until 2007, when actors Alison Whyte and Fred Whitlock took over and gave the old girl a new lease of life. And what an amazing life she has. The décor, created by Florence Broadhurst, is glorious and just recently the large sun deck has been refurbished making it a perfect place for coffee or drinks.
After check in, we were led upstairs to be showed our room - The Melba Suite. Upon entering I gasped at the scene before me. Our room was simply magnificent with a large four poster bed, together with doors opening onto the balcony and some gorgeous antique furniture. The suite we stayed in also had some of the more modern day luxuries such as a wide screen TV, together with an ensuite with amenities and bar fridge. The only thing I didn't like was the shower over the bath which can be awkward for older or disabled people.
But it wasn't only the atmosphere that was wonderful, the food too was outstanding, and such a surprise.
To begin with, we shared an entrée of Smoked Paprika Calamari with Herbs which absolutely melted in your mouth. My husband then indulged his carnivorous side by ordering Steak – thick, tender and cooked to perfection, whereas I preferred the Atlantic Salmon with Risotto which was superb. We then shared the desert of Pannacotta with fresh Raspberries & Blueberries. This was all washed down with a couple of fine bottles of Red from the Yarra Valley.
While we were having dinner in the beautifully decorated dining room, we had the added bonus of enjoying the acoustic guitarist playing in the bar area which just added to the whole night. It's worthy to note that nearly every weekend there is live entertainment is there to be enjoyed.
Before dinner, we took the opportunity to stroll around Yarra Glen itself. It has a great selection of craft and antique shops to browse through and once you've looked through them, Healesville is less than 15 minutes away where again you'll find craft, antiques, coffee shops and even the Healesville Sanctuary which is an open landscaped native zoo.
Alternatively you could take a winery tour. There are plenty to choose from. Therefore, there is plenty to see and do during the day if you feel so inclined to explore.
I am told, by locals who live in the Yarra Valley that this pub has a great reputation, not only for its friendliness and great entertainment but especially for its renowned menu and now I understand why.
I would highly recommend you pack an overnight bag and head up to Yarra Glen and indulge yourself in more ways than one.
For bookings, go to their website or telephone 9730 1230.