PEREGIAN BEACH HOTEL
PUB MEALS DONE DIFFERENTLY IN IDYLLIC LOCATION
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.
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: peregianbeachhotel.com.au Phone: 5448 3111
DELIVERING MORE THAN EXPECTED: Peregian Beach Hotel offers a succinct yet adventurous menu.