Country pubs are the lifeblood of the nation. An iconic element with any road trip or holiday, Victoria is blessed to have some incredible establishments across the state. Historic, delicious, and utterly welcoming, these are the best country pubs Victoria has to offer.
The Portsea Hotel
It wouldn’t be a best country pubs Victoria list without The Portsea Hotel. Built in 1876, the newly refurbished hotel is absolutely gorgeous, both inside and out. Offering a seasonal menu and a wide range of drinks and wine, The Portsea Hotel mixes sophistication with comfort and enjoyment.
The Wandi Pub
The history of The Wandi Pub is rich and well known, having been around since 1864. But it wasn’t until 2015 when Publicans Tim Heuchan and Paddy Subacius took over and transformed it back to its original glory. This place has it all, live music, enormous beer, wine and cocktail menu, classic pub fare and even a brunch menu. Definitely a must visit for when you’re in Wandiligong.
The Avoca Hotel
Located in Avoca, The Avoca Hotel is a gem of a pub in the Central Highlands of Victoria. This award-winning establishment plays host to an impressive array of dining options including your classic pub style menu, and a more special dining room menu. Naturally, beverage options are excellent, featuring local wines, and beers and cocktails. Be sure to save this one for the next road trip.
Put simply, you cannot visit the Great Ocean Road without visiting Aireys Pub. Owners Tim Wood and Phil Johnson saved the iconic establishment back in 2011, with the help of locals, and gave the 1904 pub a new lease on life. Delicious food, with an in-house microbrewery producing award winning beer, Aireys Pub has been continuously popular with locals and visitors all year round.
Ocean View Hotel Kilcunda
The view from Ocean View Hotel is nothing short of extraordinary. Rolling hills overlooking the ocean, this South Gippsland establishment is a fantastic option next time you’re in the area. Known as “The Killy Pub”, the food options are delicious and diverse. Originating from Havana Cuba, Head Chef Ivan Sanchez-Pirez is spicing things up with some South and Central American fare to the menu, in addition to the usual pub favourites.
Royal Mail Hotel
Adding in a slice of sophistication to destination dining, Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld ticks all the boxes. Offering a refined dining experience, Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel oozes class, whilst Parker Street Project is perfect for a more casual meal. With an award winning 25,000 wine bottle cellar, and an impressive kitchen garden, this is sure to be an experience to remember.
Not only is the Lorne Hotel iconic in its own right, but when you add MoVida to the mix, then it’s a no brainer. What started as a popup in 2018, is now a permanent fixture at the beachside hotel. What’s more, the hotel’s bistro and dining options are equally impressive, with a huge beer garden to enjoy the fine seaside weather. Next time you’re heading down the coast, be sure to bookmark this one.
The Metung Hotel
When it comes to the waterfront, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Metung Hotel in Metung offers stunning views over Bancroft Bay, with food and drinks to match. Renovated in 2005, the East Gippsland establishment is a great place for lunch or dinner, offering delicious pub style food including locally sourced seafood. Definitely a favourite with locals and visitors, and well worth a visit.