Recipe for success

Published Friday, July 29, 2016


The Farmers Arms Hotel was established in 1857 and is one of the most iconic pubs in Victoria. Add to that fact its reputation for serving up some of the best food and wine in the region and you have a recipe for success - and they do.

The modern Australian menu sees locals and travellers returning again and again. Executive Chef Gavan Anders grew up on a dairy farm near the small regional Victorian town of Laang, surrounded by fresh food and farm produce and became involved in cooking for the family from around the age of 10. Now he creates a celebrated pub menu (that is far from your typical pub menu!) that has critics singing his praises.

A perfect meal may include Saganaki with wilted spinach and lemon or Pork and Lap Cheong dumplings with sticky soy. Follow that with Salt and Pepper Fried Calamari, Salad with coriander, peanuts and tahini dressing, of Goats Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast with mash, broccolini and balsamic glaze. If you're a steak lover you can't go past the Eye Fillet Mignon with mash, green beans, garlic spinach and a complex red wine jus (which takes four days to prepare!).

The dessert menu takes you straight to heaven with choices such as Soft Centered Chocolate Pudding with vanilla ice cream, Creme Brulee with biscotti or their Nougat and Pistachio Bombe. If you're not a sweet tooth indulge in one of the best cheese plates in town.

Cozy and friendly, The Farmers Arms offers the perfect blend of country charm combined with a sophisticated menu, extensive wine list and down-to-earth service. Owners Mitch and his partner Steven and their staff are more than happy to accommodate groups of all sizes and for all occasions from a drink in the busy front bar to a five star celebration in the restaurant. There's also a sunny beer garden where even the family dog is welcome. What's not to love!

The Farmers Arms is open from 12 noon - 11pm 7 days a week with lunch from 12-3pm and dinner orders from 5:30 - 9pm, 1 East Street Daylesford, www.thefarmersarms.com.au 

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