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“Gets better every time”

Stanley Hotel Bistro
Ranked #3 of 23 Restaurants in Stanley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 16 - USD 37
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Australian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: At the Stanley Hotel you’ll find a cold beer, a warm welcome and great food.Our bistro offers quality Tasmanian produce featuring great steak and seafood. Produce is sourced from the local region. In season try the fresh Lobster (crayfish), scallops, crisp battered fish ‘n’ chips, great local oysters, juicy tender grass fed beef and natural chicken.Join us for lunch or dinner which is served every day in our bistro or on our sunny deck.
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Tasmania has always been a bit 'hit and miss' at times with its dining. Some places maintain high standards, while others offer exception one time, and dismal the next.

The Stanley Hotel has always been the former. If fact, every time we go there, a subtle improvement seems to have occurred, bringing the food ever so higher in quality.

Remembering that this is just a pub, and that all of the food includes many of the Australian pub standard's. The ubiquitous chicken parmi, scotch fillet or fish and chips, the Stanley Hotel has always excelled in making the standard pub fare just a little bit better. Everything is locally sourced and exceptional in quality. For the uninitiated, Tasmania has (arguably) some of the freshest and finest produce in the world, and the north-west especially so.

Today was no exception. As a spur of the moment trip away from home, we ventured forth on a blustery August day with anticipation.

Our entree was to share the bread of the day, a crusty cob loaf with melted cheese and a Tamar valley black truffle and mushroom salsa. I've always found truffle a little problematic. It's too often overused and can easily overwhelm the flavour. Not so today. This bread was delicious with the subtle flavour of the mushrooms not overpowered by either the truffle or the cheese. I could have gorged myself on this alone.

My partner, being a vegetarian, did not have a huge choice of items to choose from, but still had difficulty choosing. In the end, the soup of the day won out. Cream of parsnip. The taste she provided me was delicate and delicious. Parsnip is a difficult vegetable to work with. It can be too woody or fibrous and the flavour can be overwhelming, but this, this was a work of art. Kudos to the chef on that one.

I, being the carnivore, was spoiled for choice. In the end though, I went for one of the standards, Fish and chips with salad and a house tartare. The fish was Flake, an Australian standard (School shark), caught fresh and locally from Bass Strait. Battered and cooked to perfection, the delicate flavour not overpowered by the tartare. Together with the chips and salad with its light vinaigrette, it was a hearty winter lunch.

Alas, I wish I had room for the Frangelico creme brulee. But no desert for me.

I would also like to pay special consideration to the excellent and professional staff, especially our waitress. Kind, courteous and genuinely friendly, we didn't catch your name but you made this just that little bit better.

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Thank Peter A
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

We arrived on a Saturday night at about 8pm. I was worried that it would be too late to order a meal being a small town and winter but there was not a problem at all seating us and taking our order. I was really impressed with how fresh the food was, I had a Chicken Schnitzel (which I believe they crumb in house), and it was crispy and hot. A schnitzel is a schnitzel just about anywhere you go, but it's the little differences that really make it stand out. My partner really enjoyed his parmi too. Overall great hospitality and I will definitely be back.

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Thank Kourt96
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

We had a lovely quiet lunch here on a windy cold day, it has wonderful atmosphere and then prices are reasonable. I would love to come here in the summer when it is jumping.

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Thank Lesk1956
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Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We decided to call in after a trip to Historic Highfield & we were not disappointed, my partner, son and myself had the entire bar to our selves. Fantastic service from the barmaid, we also enjoyed a delicious lunch! The pub has a warm and friendly feel to it with a wood fire and beautiful comfortable chairs to sit and relax in! Will definitely be bringing family back when they visit from the main land!

Thank Imogen Q
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

The pub meals are awesome especially the Cape Grim steaks.
Also my partner loved the seafood platters

Thank tassietank
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