We stayed the previous night in Bendigo to attend the Grace Kelly exhibition and since we had heard so much about Daylesford which was about 90 minutes drive away, wanted to have lunch there. The Farmers Arms pub (the oldest in Daylesford built in 1857) had excellent food but didn't take bookings so we drove straight into town to see the shops - many homewares shops with soaps, candles, linen napkins, crystal decanters, antique clocks etc - and then at 12.45pm we drove quickly to the Farmers Arms to get a table as there was five of us. It's ivy-covered on the outside, but unpretentious inside with an open fireplace. Not fast enough to grab a smaller table near the fireplace, we sat at the central "communal" table which could have easily sat 16 diners but were definitely warm and comfortable. We read the menu and knew we were in for a treat! Mimi and I had the goat's cheese-stuffed chicken breast on mash and asparagus, my mother had the beer-battered gummy shark and thick-cut chips, Andrew had the dukkah-crusted snapper with rocket, pistachio and feta salad, and Janette had the pea and ham soup. It was just divine. For a country pub, the expertly-picked wine list is amazing, with wines from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Portugal and New Zealand and the Australian regions, as well as from a high number of local boutique vineyards. A must!!!
If you own or manage Farmers Arms Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.