I understand Ross' famous pub is under new management. I really love it when people who have NFI end up in hospitality when they quite clearly have little idea what the word means.
This is what my mum and i encountered when we decided to have lunch at the Man O Ross Hotel. After waiting an hour for our meals, i queried with the manager. "Oh, we've had a big group in the Antler Room, she's just getting to yours now". No apology.
Later she delivered drinks to our table and then apologised. I suggested that maybe we could of been informed about the wait when we ordered.
Half an hour later 12 shrivelled crumbed scallops and a tough roast beef arrived at our table. Again, no apology.
Sorry people, but you really need to lift your game in 2019 Tasmania.. especially in a famous historic town on the tourist trail.
We won't be returning.
We took a day trip to Ross (about a 90 minute drive) and went to the hotel for lunch. The staff were welcoming and friendly and gave us a choice of tables. The menu is extensive and prices are very reasonable. We both chose the crumbed lamb cutlets for $24.00. We got 3 large cutlets, creamy mash and vegetables. All cooked beautifully and it was a delicious meal, coupled with a glass each of Devils Corner sauvignon blanc for $7. Highly recommended. The dining room had a great décor with photographic prints on the walls that could be purchased. There is also outside dining in the Beer Garden.
Upon arriving we immediately took in the lovely architecture of the building. Full of character and feels comfortable as soon as you enter.
We arrive quite late though check in was very quick and staff led us to our room. The room was a large space, we have 3 beds and still plenty of room.
The bathroom and lounge/kitchen space are shared though we didn't find this to be an issue at all, we really enjoyed being a me to site with other guests and have a chat.
Kitchen has breakfast items provided for free; this was great as we arrive so late, and nowhere was oppen to purchase food, we could have a cheeky bowl of cereal before bed.
Would absolutely stay here again, and would recommend anyone seeking laid back and affordable accom to stay here.
There are times when you are faced with several hours of country highway driving - particularly in the evening - when a service station roadhouse, a Subway or a Banjo's just doesn't cut it for a tasty and filling meal. But with the darkening sky goes many a light in Tassie's cafes and restaurants and the Midland Highway offers thin pickings - except for Ross, that is. Googling in advance as we left Devonport, the Man 'O Ross Hotel seemed the only real option for a sit-down, menu-based evening meal and we booked ahead. All things considered, a very good move. Like many a colonial era inn, the dining room is tastefully furnished with dark wood tables and leather-topped chairs atop a carpet featuring stag's head motifs. Ordering directly at the bar means no exasperating wait for over-stretched and stressed waitresses and the choices cater for all tastes - including the smaller meals for kids. Thai Green Curry shares regular billing (and sensible pricing) with 'standards' like Roast of the Day (beef when we called by), Chicken Parmigiana and Beer Battered Fish and Chips. I chose the Swiss Chicken with its delightful mustardy sauce, bracketed by a sensible pile of chips and a tasty garden salad in its separate side bowl. Daughter went the Flathead route while my wife stayed true to her instincts and zeroed-in on her favorite Grilled Salmon, requesting that the default chips or vegetables be replaced with Steamed Rice and the same Garden Salad. No rolling eyes, loud gum-sucking or grumpy mumblings here - sure you can! We didn't stay for dessert - we had another ton of highway to eat up - but I could have had one of my childhood favourites - Bread and Butter Pudding - if we'd had more time. I suspect it would have been worth it. With our meal prices all sitting in the low to mid-$20s, the Man 'O Ross is definitely worth the short diversion off an otherwise culinarily-sparse blacktop.
This town has so much more to offer than meets the eye!
Lots of beautiful architecture, history, great accomodation, food, giftware, antiques and collectables.
We stayed at the Man O Ross hotel, a lovely room (double and two singles) for $90, clean facilities, light breakfast included. Had a great meal on arrival.
We visited Class Wood, which offers a fantastic variety of Tasmanian giftware from garments to wooden items to jewellery and artwork.
We also saw : The Tasmanian Wool Centre and Museum, Female Factory Historic site, two bakery’s, a milk bar, lots of BnB’s, a caravan park and lots of beautiful and historic Tasmanian architecture.
Everyone we met in the town was very helpful and accommodating. We will definitely stay there again.
If you’re setting out up or down the Midland Highway in the afternoon, plan your stopover halfway at Ross, then spend the morning taking in the sights around the town before continuing.
We stopped here on our last night in Tas after 9 days of camping and were making our way back to Devonport to catch the boat. A night off from making and breaking camp was just what we needed and Ross turned out to be the perfect place to enjoy that.