Hearty meals in historic Cromwell hotel
Situated on the lake front of Old Cromwell town this historic hotel and restaurant has an outdoor dining area with a remarkable view of Lake Dunstan. Built in 1887 the Victoria Arms Hotel boasts being the only remaining historic hotel in Cromwell after the others were drowned by flooding for the Clyde dam. Walking into the dining area, it felt slightly dated, but was comfortable and has plenty of room to deal with small and large groups.
There were plenty of choices to sit and eat – either in the dining room or bar depending on your mood. We decided to dine in the main dining area and despite there being two gas heaters on I felt slightly cold. It’s a great place to enjoy a hearty and casual meal but it would not cut the mustard for a special night out for two.
We were welcomed as soon as we walked into the door of the restaurant and promptly shown to our tables and told the specials. During the course of the evening two young and helpful waitresses looked after us. Our drinks could have been topped up a few more times but all and all it was great service with a smile. We did not have to wait long for our food, which was good considering the number of other diners.
For starters we shared a perfectly cooked garlic bread ($7.50) and a gratinee ($12), amix of mushrooms, bacon, and brie cheese. It was the first time I had tried gratinee, and while it was a big hit with my partner, it was slightly too rich for my taste buds. For mains I ordered the ovenbaked chicken breast served with hunter’s sauce, risotto with sweet corn and peas, glazed beetroot and honeyed carrots, ($28.50). I absolutely loved the glazed beetroot and all the vegetables were cooked perfectly. The hunter’s sauce comprised of a gravy mixed with mushroom and went well with the juicy succulent chicken breast. The risotto was bland but there was plenty of hunter’s sauce to mix in and enjoy. My partner ordered the freshly battered blue cod fillets, served with house tartar sauce, lemon wedges, crunchy fries and fresh garden salad, ($29.50). The blue cod was very fresh and he was able to down every last bite on his plate. For dessert we ordered the sticky date pudding and Mississippi mudcake ($9.90). Both were delicious.
The hotel offers an extensive range of food and specialises in stonegrill dining, which allows customers to cook their choice of meat to their taste on a sizzling stone at their table. We were filled to the brim and would not hesitate to recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for a quick, hearty meal out. If you are looking to dine on a busy Friday or Saturday I recommend booking.
Full plates: Victoria Arms Hotel Lakeview Restaurant’s Battered Blue Cod and Oven Baked Chicken Breast served with Hunter’s Sauce.
Delicious desserts: Victoria Arms Hotel Lakeview Restaurant Chocolate Cake and Sticky Date Pudding.