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“Memorable meal” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Public Inn

Public Inn
165 Barker Street, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
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Ranked #3 of 36 restaurants in Castlemaine
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Melbourne, Australia
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Memorable meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I ate here when overnighting in Castlemaine. It was relatively quiet (a Tuesday), but warm and cosy, with a fire roaring away at one end of the restaurant. Decor is modern bistro, with professional but friendly staff. We had a couple of drinks at the bar (an excellent red wine recommended by the barman), and then sat down at our table a few feet away. I had the vegetarian risotto, my husband had the steak, with sides of vegetables and amazing chips. We shared a fabulous dessert, had more wine and rolled out into the cold night, feeling very pleased with ourselves. I am really looking forward to going back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

Title says it all. It is a lovely old pub but it has none of the ambience. Food good but not fabulous compared to the cost. It is on the upper end of the market price wise but not value wise. Friendly staff.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Toowoomba, Australia
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“very unexpected surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

While in Victoria with my 2 sisters we went to the Public Inn instead of cooking (as you do) We were staying just out of Castlemaine and went to the Public Inn on the advice of friends. We didn't book so just turned up. The staff were brilliant and the food was lovely. Apparently a few others had not booked either, but you wouldn't have noticed. I would highly recommend the Public Inn. It was a lovely evening.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“good food, good service and nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We were booked in for dinner on Sunday night but we arrived there early so we could sit at the bar - good to enjoy some nice glasses of wine in front of the fireplace that was very cosy.
The food was good but had little taste and we thought the portions were too small. The wine list was very good with a large selection of wines - predominantly local wine.
The service however was fantastic and professional in every way.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Seymour, Australia
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“A good meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

We were surprised at the quality and service. It was a busy Saturday night but the staff were very accommodating for us without a booking. Food was pretty good. Some flavour combos didn't do it for us but overall we would go back there. Good wine selection too!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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