Regional Victoria's watering holes know how to get the grub right – from perfect pub classics enjoyed at the bar of a beloved local, to award-winning culinary experiences dished up by some of the state's top chefs.
Wherever you go, the classics remain in favour and made with love. There's plenty of options for comfort food and old favourites done well. Head to Trentham's Pig & Whistle for a smashing bistro-style menu of traditional parmas and pies, and grab a steak or burger at Castlemaine's Bridge Hotel.
Seasonal and sustainable
Pub restaurants are often loyal to local ingredients, inspired by a seasonal approach. Taste local meats and produce on the elevated menu at Tanswells Commercial Hotel in Beechworth. Pop into the Corner Hotel Alexandra for fresh Goulburn River trout, local goat – and a famous chicken parma.
Refined yet hospitable, popular eating spots The Farmers Arms and Daylesford Hotel get the balance right with unique, seasonally driven fare.
Fine dining has well and truly escaped boutique city establishments. Plan ahead for a memorable culinary experience at chef's hatted Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel. Packed with ingredients sourced from the organic kitchen garden, the restaurant's award-winning menu is rivalled only by its Grampians views.
In winter there's nothing more appealing than dining fireside. Seek out Ballarat's The Mallow Hotel for cosy and casual dining around the open fire, and hearth-side cocktails and gastropub eats at the Wandi Pub near Bright.
In summer it's all about the beer garden for fresh air, cool craft brews and live music. Chill with bistro bites and craft beer at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse. Sip a brew under the elms at the Cosmopolitan in Trentham, or dine alfresco on seasonal flavours at the Tinamba Hotel.