The Ponds Hotel in Waurn Ponds is known for its chilled-out atmosphere, quality affordable dishes from the bistro and high service standards.
The hotel has continued to evolve in the past 20 years, but it’s still a landmark in a town long considered the gateway to the coast, and still keeps in touch with what locals and travellers want.
As well as introducing a terrific new café, with Julius Meini coffee and goodies, the snazzed-up bistro has a fantastic all-day menu, with dishes starting from $14. It’s a great spot for a hearty lunch or dinner.
The chef’s menu features all the pub faves, such as big juicy steaks, classic parmi, a tasty pasta/risotto selection and, of course, traditional fish ‘n’ chips, as well as the fancier oven-baked salmon and natural oysters that well suit the coastal vibe.
On Monday nights, it’s all about pasta and pizza; Tuesdays it’s schnitzel and parmi; Wednesdays bring on the steaks; and juicy burgers star on Thursdays.
Weekend brekkies (9-11.30am) are proving a big hit – just like in the café – so travellers and locals have plenty of choice.
The Ponds also has a kids’ play area that will entertain them for hours as parents enjoy a meal.
The Ponds Hotel, 1154 Princes Highway, Waurn Ponds. Opens 9am-midnight Sunday-Wednesday; 9am-3am Thursday-Saturday. Bistro opens 11.30am-8.30pm and café opens 8am-3.30pm daily. Inquiries: 5243 1154 or www.waurnpondshotel.com.au