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Pub restaurants

Pub or restaurant? That's like having to choose a favourite child. It doesn't have to be that way. Regional Victoria's pub restaurants excel in crisp cold beer, with gourmet fare in front bars and beer gardens, plus dining rooms with boutique wine lists. Problem solved, just like that.

Coast to coast, Murray to Melbourne, these are some of our smoothest operators.

Waterside

Coast along from surf to surf'n'turf and explore Victoria's beachside villages. In Phillip Island, blame it on the San Remo, go Westernport and linger till the Cowes come home at the Phillip Island Hotel.

On the West coast, the Geelong Hotel serves up classics on the all-day menu and the stage. This pub is the music you grew up with.

When you hit the Great Ocean Road, make pit stops at the Blackman's Brewery, Torquay; Aireys Pub and Brewery, Aireys Inlet; Apollo Bay Hotel or Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay; Hotel Warrnambool or Mac's Hotel, Warrnambool. Detour inland for the Forrest Brewing Company; The Beechy Hotel, Beech Forest; and the Elephant Bridge Hotel, Darlington. But get someone else to drive.

Mosey the length of the Murray River and be rewarded with fine craft ales and culinary finery. Locally known as the Yank, The American Hotel in Echuca draws a constant crowd for its great pub grub, live music and lively vibe (come armed with your singalong voice). Travel upriver to Mildura Brewery, for the craftiest local beers and menus from local culinary legend Stefano de Pieri. In Wodonga, the Goods Shed Craft Beer Café also has the goods: craft beer and regionally sourced fare by the shedload.

Centre stage

Local produce and brews take centre stage across Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges and the Goldfields.

In and around Daylesford there are some tough choices: the Daylesford Hotel or the Farmers Arms? Travel to Trentham to the Cosmopolitan or to the Radio Springs Hotel? Try the reigning Royal George in Kyneton or the Mount Macedon Hotel in its eponymous town?

In the Goldfields, pubs are full of pots of gold. Make like a marsh at the Mallow Hotel, or enjoy a steak with a Sunday Sesh at the Western Hotel in Ballarat. Savour local beers with meals at old-school Tooborac Hotel; go public in the Public Inn, Castlemaine; gun for Bendigo's Rifle Brigade Hotel; and relax at the historic Axedale Tavern.

Mountainside

Run for the hills: leg it to Dunkeld's celebrated Royal Mail Hotel, by the stunning peaks of the Grampians National Park, and at the Avoca Hotel by the Victorian Pyrenees.

Further on high, Alpine country delivers superb pub grub, both old-school and boutique. Go Euro at the boutique Mountain View Hotel, Whitfiled; try the tasting menu with a tipple from the hidden gem cellar door at the Plough Inn, Tarrawingee; toe the Snowline with share plates and pub classics in Harrietville; or carve out the perfect afternoon at the renowned Stanley Hotel.

Down in the Yarra Valley, join the crowds in Healesville for coveted fare and Sunday barbecue at the Healesville Hotel.

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Mountain View Hotel

The Mountain View Hotel is a boutique gastro-pub situated in Whitfield - the heart of North East Victoria's King Valley wine region. Set amongst...

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The Avoca

Stop in for a bite at this beautifully restored pub. Be bold and try hare, eel and goat, or stick to good old country faves like a bangers and mash.

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The Farmers Arms

Feast on unpretentious hearty dishes and tasting plates of local delicacies with your favourite tipple at Daylesford's well-loved, oldest pub.

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Royal Mail Hotel

Experience destination dining at its best in the Grampians at the justly celebrated Royal Mail Hotel, awarded two hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Cosmopolitan Hotel

Indulge in a local drop along with meals featuring seasonal produce and artisanal products, and live music on Sundays, at this popular old favourite.

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American Hotel Echuca

Relax with a bite and a drink at Echuca-Moama’s oldest pub, an award-winning renovated hotel that includes a deli, grill, courtyard and rooftop bar.

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Elephant and Castle Hotel

The Elephant and Castle Hotel has been situated on Mckillop Street since 1870. The pub has had many licensees over the 100 years of operation, but...

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Healesville Hotel

Hatted again by The Age Good Food Guide for its high-end seasonal cuisine and earthy country charm, the Healesville continues to wow.

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Public Inn

Join the inn crowd for high-end Provincial fare paired with local small-batch wines and craft beers and at one of Castlemaine's oldest public houses.

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