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Bert66

A Winter's Tale.

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 July 2019via mobile
I'm not sure why they changed the name of this pub to the 'Great Western' all those years ago other the obvious reason, and perhaps a lack of decent English teachers at the local school - 'The Shakespeare' was a lot more evocative and probably more relevant.
We popped in for a meal and parked the van nearby, with the kids lodged in the attached motel accom. The staff were very welcoming, the meals good and cheap and the room pretty basic but clean.
A very country feel, filled with locals on a winters Friday night - always a good sign - wood fires kept parts of the pub warm but in other parts the droughts were as cold as the Carlton Draught. Pool table and juke box were largely ignored but a necessity nevertheless. A meat raffle for the local CFA and lots of talk about the Greater Western Lions ( the Magoo's unbeaten more than 1/2 way through the season ) - lots of rain over the weekend - understandably the locals were in a good mood with the picking finished and the pruning yet to be done.
Country pub, no nonsense, with country hospitality.
Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

    I stayed for a night when I couldn’t get accommodation in Ararat.

    The rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. The bed was fine and everything in the room worked as it should.

    I had dinner in the hotel- had to eat in Bar as the dining room was fully booked. The atmosphere in the Bar was fine.

    Meal was a good pub meal - I had a T Bone with pepper sauce, vegetables and fries ($30).

    Quite an extensive wine list by the glass (all $10/glass). Wine quality was reasonable.

    Date of stay: November 2018
    Trip type: Travelled solo
    2  Thank 838ianm
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    Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

    The food is great at the great Western hotel. A good range of food that is served in a timely manner. Often packed out with patrons so it’s advisable to book a table. Best pub in the region, if staying in Ararat or Stawell this place outshines them all!

    Date of stay: August 2018
    Thank mattp639
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    Reviewed 25 July 2018

    Travel past but never stop
    Hungry wet night monday towing large trailer it had room to park so in we went
    Warm cosy wood fired heaters at both ends of the bar
    Good meal
    Friendly lady serving
    I would go again no doubt

    Date of stay: July 2018
    • Trip type: Travelled on business
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    Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

    Great place and as a “city slicker” feel very welcome by the staff and good family environment . Food is very reasonable priced and good quality for the cost and good menu. Bruce behind the bar is great with the kids.

    Date of stay: March 2018
    Trip type: Travelled with family
    Thank BRB1977
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    Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

    Dropped into the hotel for my evening meal,the sign out the front said the best pub on the highway,and boy they were spot on ,it was fantastic,the service was warm and friendly,typical country pub decor ,cold beer,but what topped it of they served up some of the best pork ribs that you will find

    Date of stay: March 2018
    Trip type: Travelled solo
    Thank DennisN55
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