The Victory Hotel
It maybe just a hotel, but there is no ordinary pub food here.
We are truly blessed in McLaren Vale with many amazing places (in particular for lunch) that can easily compete with the best in the cities – but we when looking for a reasonably priced meal, that still offers a high-quality standard it does become a bit harder. And the Victory Hotel fills that void perfectly.
From the outside, this is indeed just another hotel and even from the inside, there is your regular bar area and the dining room is not too posh either, with drinks ordered at the bar – but there are proper napkins and most important, proper wine glasses on offer.
And talking wine, even if you choose to select one of the beers on tap or just go for a glass of wine – make sure you don’t miss out on a short visit to the wine cellar (which may not be that short, if you are like me and tend to get lost daydreaming when checking out all the great bottles on offer).
The food is a delightful mix of some standard pub fare like schnitzel and burger (and the burgers that the two boys that were with us had looked absolutely delicious) and your modern Australian, seafood inspired mains.
My grilled King George Whiting was amazing, juicy and full of flavour with a perfect sauce tartar, as was the eye fillet my wife enjoyed with patatas bravas, broccolini and a lovely jus. There was no room for desert for us but the trifle our friends had definitely looked stunning and judging by the way it disappeared rather quickly must have tasted as good as it looked.
We had squeezed in on a last-minute basis and were told at the time of booking that we have to leave by 7:3o again and for sure, the staff came to remind us (in a very friendly way) when it was time to leave.
But, as we were able to take the rest of our wine and our glasses outside to enjoy the sunset and the amazing views over the vineyards to the sea, this didn’t really matter and we had a most enjoyable evening.
In short – definitely a place to go to, when looking for a casual place to dine but don’t won’t to compromise on food quality.