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Sir Charles Darling Hotel

$$ - $$$, ,
38 Bellerine St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
+61 3 5222 1697
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (46 reviews)
“sunday roast” (4 reviews)
“salad” (19 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
38 Bellerine St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
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1 - 10 of 230 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Two-thirds full on a Monday lunch speaks for their continued popularity. A decade ago when at Deakin many of us would cross town for good value lunch here. Still excellent and has a beaut beer garden. Chicken Parma today. Monster sized dish that I couldn’t...More

Thank Simon B
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Simon B. Thanks for your great review. For accuracy, our chicken is not "processed" but crumbed in-house from fresh chicken breasts. And we do a stack of them :).

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dined here for my husbands birthday. Staff vwere so friendly and helpful. Food was amazing, Very reasonable prices and even receivedca birthday present. Great place, great atmosphere , great service.. Will continue to visit this venue

Thank reneegigihoward
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic food service can be a bit slow, great selection of dishes and reasonably priced, They do takeaway however they charge for take away containers

Thank darls8359
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi darls8359. Thank you for for the Five Stars. For accuracy though, I just want to let you know that we do not charge for takeaway containers.

Reviewed 21 July 2018

Wonderful friendly service, great meals at an excellent price. We stumbled on this hotel by accident, but l would most definitely go back next time we are in Geelong.

Thank pajefish
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Hi pajefish. Yes we love hearing the compliments at the tables from our first time diners to our Pub.

Reviewed 19 July 2018

Great Bistro food. There's a special on every week day. Mondays and Tuesdays are steak days. Get a good sized steak for just AUD 17.50. Value for money. The staff are friendly and obliging. A must if you are in Geelong.

Thank enghinong
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Hi enghinong. Thank you for your kind comments.

Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

After try to give the new owners a fair go. I sadly have to say after tonight. We will never return. Meals were slowly going down hill. Tonight I ordered a well done steak. It came out bleeding. After returning it I was served a...More

Thank Yvonne P
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Hi Yvonne. I completely understand your disappointment in the rare and medium steaks you were served. As I explained to you, we were trialling an additional chef and after your mishaps at the very beginning of the night, he was instantly removed. Again, as I...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Had many a good meal at the darling over the years, however the last couple of visits have been average at best. The chips were still frozen in the middle and they forgot part of the meals This use to be the best pub for...More

Thank Tim B
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Hi Tim B Wow - chips still frozen in the middle! Not cool. Sorry to hear that you weren't as impressed as on previous visits and yes occasionally, mistakes do happen. Thank you for your feed back.

Reviewed 20 June 2018

Some charm about these old school pubs. Has a nice authentic feel about the place. Also has some nice beers on tap as well.

Thank MrDavetheSarks
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Hi Mr Dave Thank you for your kind words about our pub. An authentic feel is exactly what we continue to strive for. We're about to add Brookvale Ginger Beer (4%) to our tap range over the next week.

Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

So sad to see the Charles Darling slowly go down hill on service. Food still amazing (thanks chefs!!) but so disappointed in the service of the staff. No happy faces from the staff, service is lacking (i feel like they don’t even want to be...More

Thank Louise M
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Hi Louise. I'm so sorry that you didn't get any smiles from our staff on your visit to our pub - we like to think we're a pretty friendly bunch. We are assessing closing times at the moment so your feedback is very timely and...More

Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

My family were visiting Geelong for Easter and were overwhelmed on the quality of food and service from this great traditional hotel ! We enjoyed it so much we went back again today for lunch and yet again the food , value and service delivered...More

Thank Stewart H
SirCharlesDarling, Owner at Sir Charles Darling Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you so much Stewart H for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you again when you are next in Geelong.

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Deborah M
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Response from Stewart H | Reviewed this property |
No but send them an email Food is great and great value plus ideal for groups
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Claire T
14 September 2016|
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Response from Geraldine K | Reviewed this property |
No as it is hotel, alcohol is available there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 28
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Bellerine St, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  City of Greater Geelong  >  Geelong
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5222 1697
  • E-mail
Description
The Sir Charles Darling Hotel is located in the heart of Geelong. Our Hotel was established in 1852 and remains one of the now rare traditional pubs. It is a simple and presentable Hotel, nothing over the top. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, all are welcome at The Sir Charles Darling Hotel. Our guests are diverse, from uni students to families, professionals, the elderly and many more. Our client base is so vast because of what the hotel has to offer, something for everyone. Affordable quality meals from traditional pub fare to something a little bit nicer, but nothing that will blow the budget. Our service is warm and friendly, professional yet casual. Our team from kitchen to front of house enjoy what we do so you will always see them smiling and often having a laugh with the regulars. The Hotel has a full TAB and Beer Garden
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