Epic Pub Lunches
From classic parmies to internationally-inspired fare.
The pub lunch is done a bit differently in the Margaret River Region, with beef tartare, Japanese pancakes and Indian thali all making an appearance. But there are also plenty of places to enjoy the classics. Here are some of the best spots to head for an epic pub lunch.
Caves House Hotel has been serving up tasty meals since 1904.
For a family-friendly pub lunch or a gathering of mates, the Caves House Hotel delivers. This nostalgic favourite is high on the list, not just for its heritage value, but also its tasty menu. With several different dining areas – from the beer garden with pizza shack through to the art deco Yallingup Room and elegant terrace, there is something for everyone. Sunday roasts, soups and authentic curries are just the tonic in winter.
One of the region’s best known and most–loved pubs is Settlers Tavern. It could be for their incredible wine list (Settler’s have had multiple accolades for best wine list of the year), or maybe for happy memories of surf trips with nights spent at the Tav enjoying a live band. Whatever the reason, it’s a well-oiled machine with great food, warm, efficient service and an impressive selection of food, wine and beer taps. The aroma from Settlers’ American BBQ Pit wafts down Margaret River’s main street drawing in the punters for low-n-slow Texas–style brisket, lamb ribs and pulled pork.
Catch up with the locals at The Common.
Local Pub Lunch Favourites
Each pub has a signature dish that locals insist stay on the menu and at The Common it’s the Pounder Burger. Other stand–out dishes include Blackened Crispy Skin Barramundi with coconut rice and pineapple salsa, Grass Fed New York Striploin, and their ‘Parmagheddon’. It’s an ideal spot to refuel after a morning surf.
The River pushes the boundaries beyond pub lunch classics, and is a go-to for locals wanting a tasty meal in a relaxed setting. The ubiquitous fish and chips and burger sit alongside Satay Margaret River Lupin Tempeh, Caramelised Brussel Sprouts and Thai Crispy Fish Salad, plus there’s a great range of drinks and more than 40 gins available. The River delivers for its cosy ambience, friendly service and stand-out menu.
For friendly, relaxed service, reasonable prices and a delectable array of seafood try Clancy’s Dunsborough. Favourite lunch options include Fish & Chips, Chilli Mussels and the Seafood Platter which changes seasonally. There’s always a Fish of the Day and plenty of specials, plus 24 craft beer taps. With plenty of dining space bookings aren’t essential, but are welcome.
Enjoy family-style dining with all the extras at Brew-pub Wild Hop Brewing Co.
The centrepiece of the kitchen at Wild Hop Brewing Co is their woodfired rotisserie oven, which churns out an ever-changing menu featuring tasty local produce. While everyone can head along and have a grand old time, where this Brew-pub really shines is in their family style feeds. Grab a couple of mates and pre-book a whole rotisserie free-range chicken which has been brined for 48 hours using aromatics from their farm, then slow roasted over the coals. Add a few vegetable dishes and you have the perfect weekend pub lunch that’s hearty and wholesome. They of course also have a revolving cast of beers on tap, from their own range and other brewers doing Good Things.
Amelia Park Tavern isn’t your run-of-the-mill Tav. With 100–day grain fed scotch fillet in its steak sandwich, and beef tartare on the menu, this team isn’t mucking around. Korean Fried Chicken is a crowd pleaser that will have you returning to repeat the order. And while Amelia Park looks a million bucks, it won’t put a big dent in your back pocket. Deals include $20 Curry Nights on Wednesdays with a traditional Indian Thali, an all-day steak special on Thursdays (scotch fillet, chips, salad and glass of red wine for $30) and the new Sunday night Amelia Park Shank and Shiraz for $25. Enjoy with a lager or something a bit fancy like a mulberry gin with fresh fruit from the garden. Open Wednesday to Sunday, bookings recommended.
The Karridale Tavern is worth a trip for authentic country pub vibes.
Off The Beaten Track
It’s worth planning a trip to Augusta to experience one of these off the beaten track country pubs. The Karridale Tavern is a hidden gem on the Bussell Highway, where you can practice your darts game with the locals. Go for the $25 Burger & Pint deal, every Friday between 12pm – 3pm.
The Augusta Hotel has a traditional friendly vibe, toasty fires and generous servings of pub classics. During the warmer months the kids can run free out the back on the grass, while you soak in the million dollar views of the Blackwood River.
Enjoy their handcrafted lagers and ales with lunch at Cowaramup Brewing Co.
Honourable mentions should go to Occy’s, which has generous share boards, and long-time favourite Cowaramup Brewing’s farmland setting and friendly staff make it worth a visit. There’s also the Monkey Bar in Vasse for pizza and beer in the brewery’s production house, and finally the kid-friendly Bootleg Brewery and Colonial have great value beer food favourites.
Now that your pub lunch has been planned, are you looking for some dinner options?
Caves House Hotel - Restaurant, Bar & EventsMonday - Sunday: 7:00 AM until 10:30 PMGreat For: Dine In,Fireplace,Rainy Day,Sunny Day
18 Yallingup Beach Rd, Yallingup WA 6282
The CommonMonday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 4:00 until 9:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 until 9:00 PMGreat For: Dine In,Fireplace,Scenic Spot,Takeaway,WiFi
1 Resort Pl, Gnarabup WA 6285
Clancys Fish Pub DunsboroughMonday: 12:00 until 8:30 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Sunday: 12:00 until 8:30 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Fireplace,Outdoor Playground,Takeaway
1710 Caves Rd, Dunsborough WA 6281
Amelia Park LodgeThe Restaurant is open Wed-Sat 5:30-late and Fri-Sat for lunch from 11:30 The Tavern is open 7 days a week 11:30 til lateGreat For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Sunny Day
5850 Bussell Hwy, Abbey WA 6280
Settlers TavernMonday - Thursday: 11:30 AM until 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM until 12:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM until 12:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM until 10:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Fireplace,WiFi
114 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River WA 6285
Margaret River Resort & The RiverReception Opening hours Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 6pm Sat - Sun: 8:30am - 4pm Bar / Restaurant Opening hours Mon - Fri: 12:00pm - late Sat - Sun: 12:00pm - lateGreat For: Disabled Access
40 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285
Karridale Tavern & RoadhouseMonday - Sunday: 11:30 AM until 9:00 PMGreat For: Dine In
12440 Bussell Hwy, Karridale WA 6288
3.9 From $110
Augusta Hotel MotelReception Monday - Sunday 7.30 am - 6.00 pmGreat For: Disabled Access,Fireplace
53 Blackwood Ave, Augusta WA 6290
Occy's DunsboroughMonday - Sunday: 12:00 until 9:00 PMGreat For: Dine In
12/34 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough WA 6281
4.3 From $85
Cowaramup Brewing CompanySunday to Thursday 11am to 5pm Friday 11am to 8pm Saturday 11am to 5pmGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Takeaway
229 Treeton Rd N, Cowaramup WA 6284
Cheeky Monkey HQ TaphouseMonday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Friday: 4:00 until 7:00 PM
Saturday: 2:00 until 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 until 6:00 PMGreat For: Cellar Sales,Dine In,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Seated Tastings
44 Commerce Rd, Vasse WA 6280
Bootleg BreweryMonday - Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00 AM until 5:00 PMGreat For: Child Friendly,Dine In,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground,Picnic Spot,Scenic Spot,Seated Tastings,Sunny Day,Vegan Beer
37 Wildberry Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280
Colonial Brewing Co7 DAYS 12PM - 5:30PM (OPEN TIL 9PM FRIDAYS)Great For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Outdoor Playground,Takeaway,Vegan Beer
6285/29 Osmington Rd, Bramley WA 6285
Wild Hop Brewing Co.Monday - Thursday 11 am to 5 pm (kitchen closes at 4pm) Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 10.45 am to 6 pm (kitchen closes at 5pm)Great For: Dine In,Seated Tastings
1301 Wildwood Rd, Yallingup WA 6282