Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | FOOD & WINE -

We all love our lo­cal pub for those ca­sual nights out when no-one can be both­ered cook­ing. Res­i­dents around Peregian Beach are cer­tainly the lucky ones with a venue like the Peregian Beach Ho­tel of­fer­ing sen­sa­tional fare, a wide range of beers and wines and all at tremen­dous value for money.

Am­bi­ence and appeal

Few venues man­age to achieve great am­bi­ence in both the day and the evening.

The Peregian Beach Ho­tel does this through clever use of the var­ied spa­ces within the build­ing.

You can en­joy a drink out on the bal­cony, in­side at the sports bar or main bar or you can choose to sit in ei­ther the bustling main part of the din­ing room or a cozy cor­ner.

There is a real mix of de­mo­graph­ics here: young fam­i­lies, lo­cal cou­ples or friends meet­ing up for a few knock-off drinks and older cou­ples and fam­i­lies, too.


Gen­er­ally, it is a clean-and-span venue. How­ever, a cou­ple of small things let the score down here.

Wa­ter­marks on the cut­lery and a slightly greasy share plate could have eas­ily been rec­ti­fied by the staff be­fore they got any­where near a cus­tomer.

It is a busy pub venue and the toilets are shared be­tween the bars and the restau­rant cus­tomers – on busy nights these could do with a mid-ser­vice tidy-up as by 8.15pm, they were look­ing scrappy.


Floor staff are dressed in trendy denim and leather bib aprons, which look quite smart.

The in­te­rior of the pub had a cos­metic ren­o­va­tion a few years back and it has a beachy vibe to it. The clever light­ing and light fix­tures help avoid any feel­ing you are sit­ting in a barn, though, and the front cor­ner we sat in felt very cozy.

Wooden table­tops are set with pa­per servi­ettes and wa­ter glasses as well as a lit­tle can­dle. There are lots of dif­fer­ent sit­ting op­tions, which dis­guises the ac­tual num­ber of peo­ple in the din­ing room, mak­ing it feel like a smaller venue than it ac­tu­ally is.


There was a mix of ex­pe­ri­enced and ju­nior wait staff ros­tered on dur­ing our visit.

All very friendly and wel­com­ing. A few marks de­ducted here for our table not be­ing set for us to share our meals be­fore they ar­rived and for the waiter miss­ing the notquite clean share plates.

To im­prove points in this sec­tion, a lit­tle more di­rec­tion of the ju­nior staff from the se­nior staff would see close to full marks awarded.


The menu at the Peregian Beach Ho­tel is well­pitched to its mar­ket.

In true bistro form, there is a mix of cuisines, with an Asian in­flu­ence across the starters and mains as well as Euro­peanin­spired bistro favourites. We were in a shar­ing mood and quickly de­voured our starters – pan­fried prawn dumplings, jalapeño pop­pers and a plate of potato gnoc­chi with peas.

The pop­pers popped. The gnoc­chi was light and left us won­der­ing if we should have or­dered a main size, and the dumplings tasty but could have ben­e­fited from some mois­ture

in the pan they were fried in.

With such an ex­ten­sive pizza menu, we de­cided to share a “Meatopia”: a take on the bar­be­cue meat­lovers.

The 72-hour fer­mented sour­dough crust was full of flavour; the top­pings high qual­ity and gen­er­ous.

A lit­tle cheese goes a long way on this style of pizza.

Ours could have ben­e­fited from a lit­tle less. We also shared a jun­gle curry of beef spare rib and this was eas­ily the dish of the night.

It was ju­di­ciously sea­soned and the beef rib slid off the bone and was able to be cut with a fork. Full marks to the chef on this dish.

The triple choco­late dessert cal­zone pizza was one of the best dessert pizzas we have tried. White, milk and dark choco­late all folded into the sour­dough base and topped with ice cream, straw­ber­ries and more choco­late sauce.

Def­i­nitely worth sav­ing room for.

Wine list

It’s a bet­ter-than-ex­pected of­fer­ing here with a good se­lec­tion of re­gions and pro­duc­ers and plenty avail­able by the glass.

Ex­tra points here for the ex­cel­lent tap beer se­lec­tion fea­tur­ing craft pro­duc­ers from the lo­cal area as well as fur­ther afield, and rea­son­ably priced, too.


The value propo­si­tion here is ex­cel­lent, with a qual­ity food of­fer­ing at very rea­son­able prices.

The menu is suc­cinct yet ad­ven­tur­ous and ob­vi­ously uses good-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents.

A lit­tle work pol­ish­ing the front-of-house skills would see this to be a hard-to-beat venue in the pub/club cat­e­gory.

My din­ing part­ner sug­gested that this was their best pub din­ner this year. I agree. It is def­i­nitely worth a visit. Just re­mem­ber to save room for the dessert pizza.

Peregian Beach Ho­tel Ad­dress: 221-229 David Low Way, Peregian Beach Hours: Open from 10am, seven days Web­site: pere­gian­beach­ho­ Phone: 5448 3111

Pic­tures: Con­trib­uted

DE­LIV­ER­ING MORE THAN EX­PECTED: Peregian Beach Ho­tel of­fers a suc­cinct yet ad­ven­tur­ous menu.

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