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Bar, Pub, Australian, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
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All reviews rissoles salad steak mushroom risotto fish and chips great pub cooked to perfection service was great castlemaine meal vegetarian
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Reviewed 8 November 2020

Very limited menu, one vegetarian dish (a salad that was too small for a main) and one dessert (not even ice cream for kids). Had to order meals at one counter then line up again to buy drinks. The pub itself is nice, quality of...food quite good, but their menu needs a shake up and better value for money.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 26 September 2020

There was no table service. We had to go to the cash register to order. We waited there for several minutes while staff seemed to ignore us. Then we had to go to a different counter to order drinks! There was only one vegetarian main...course on the menu, no vegan ones, and only two fish dishes. There were no desserts. I ordered the spaghetti with a tomato, aubergine and spinach sauce. While it was a generous serve and sufficiently hot, it consisted of broken up, rather than whole strands, of spaghetti served in way too much sauce. It was more like a vegetable stew with the addition of spaghetti pieces! It also came pre-topped with cheese. Apart from all these major resrvations, it was acceptable in taste, but unexciting.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 3 July 2020

Ordered take away dinner for the family during covid. Friendly staff, hassle free, great huge meals and easy pick up through the drive through.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 27 February 2020

had a beautiful meal here recently on a visit to Castlemaine. wow what a high standard for pub meals. we shared lamb shoulder & thyme croquettes w salsa verde for entree which was amazing, for main i sous vide lamb shank and pan friend gnocchi...and my wife has seafood bomba. its was die for. huge serves, great value. 10/10 definitely recommendedMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 January 2020

Called in for a cold drink on a very hot day and decided to stay for tea. Dining room was comfortably cool. We had a shared tasting plate for $30. I thought it might have more content but it all tasted good. My companions had...the rissoles and mash. Mash was great but rissoles a bit pink and bacon way over cooked. Whiting, chips and salad was a generous serve and nice sauce. I had the mushroom risotto which had a lot of black rubbery, unfamiliar mushrooms. Really more mushroom than rice. Not to my liking. The service was great especially in recommending a local red wine. Great historic hotel worth a visit.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 7 November 2019

Being a local hotel with plenty of dining areas,including a pleasant outdoor tree-shaded eating area, it's ideal for large groups of people. The menu is extensive, and cost is on a par, or under, that charged by other less enjoyable eating places. A Ned Kelly...heater adds to the ambience in the main dining area on cooler nights, the lighting is good, seating with plenty of room, excellent service from the cheerful waitresses, and short waiting times for meals. We frequent the Five Flags on a regular basis, both as just a couple, or with our extensive family. We've never been disappointed on any facet of our choice and recommend the Five Flags highlyMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 31 October 2019

Recently had dinner on a Sunday night at this hotel with a large group. We all ordered individually. Comfit of duck was a small serve, but beautifully cooked. Small steak meal was huge and cooked to perfection. Salads prepared well. Nothing left on our plates....Shiraz bought at the bar was local and good. The Apple cider was from the local Harcourt area. Crisp and dry and one of the best ciders I had ever had the pleasure of drinking. Meals all came out quite quickly and staff were pleasant and happy to chat.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 27 July 2019

What a great find , staff were friendly and accommodating even when we were a little confused about the ordering system the owner came to the table and explained . The menu has some good choices and not just your traditional pub fare. Prices were...very reasonable for the quality and size of the meals on offer . The chef like the owners are new but you can tell they are putting a lot of love and attention into the food presentation and service. Nearly didn’t go because of some of the recent reviews but so glad we did . Best steak I have had for quite a while. Don’t be mislead this would rate amongst the top pubs in the region.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 5 July 2019

Not a great experience. Only 1 person at our large table enjoyed their meal. Even the fish and chips were awful. 2 meals were forgotten. And then we sat amongst our dirty places following the meal as the staff didnt bother collect them.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 15 May 2019

Nice spot to stop for overnight on way down to Port Campbell. Parked up with van and had dinner in the hotel. Awesome meal! Lots of options for gluten and dairy free. I had the Pork Belly which was too much to eat and the...veges with Romescu sauce were fresh, delicious and well cooked. Husband had the rissoles and that was also a big delicious meal. Staff Mel and Greg were excellent to deal with and nothing was tool much trouble. Meal was a little more pricey than I originally expected but totally worth every cent......and because the meals were so generous we also have tomorrow’s lunch! Nice warm fire in the dining room which was cosy....Well worth the stop.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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