The Avoca Hotel
The clean, well-maintained facade of the Avoca Hotel makes it clear just how much pride publicans Ian Urquhart and Alison Chapman take in their establishment, which they last renovated in 2010. Past this double-storey wall of red brick with dark-grey accents, you’ll find a snug public bar with vintage tiles and chalkboard menus.
The adventurous menu hops around the globe, incorporating Japanese and Mexican flavours into European-style platings. To start, there’s jalapeno, cheddar and potato croquettes; tempura baby corn with togarashi mayo; and smoked eel with horseradish cream. Larger choices include Mexican braised short rib, a Thai duck curry, and a 12-hour lamb shoulder.
Where the Avoca Hotel really excels, though, is with wine. The 200-strong cellar has won numerous awards over the years for being globally informed, yet locally proud and affordable. There are close to 20 wines served by the glass and local producers such as Mount Langi Ghiran, Best’s Great Western and Mitchell Harris are well represented. And if you’re into sake and shochu, Urquhart also has plenty of options for you too.
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