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“Beautiful Venue, Average Food”
Review of Pipers by the Lake

Pipers by the Lake
Ranked #89 of 319 Restaurants in Ballarat
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Pipers by the Lake is spoilt for location being nestled between the historic Ballarat Botanical Gardens and the magnificent Lake Wendouree. Our 120 year old building is quite grand and lends itself to views of the Gardens and the lake. Outside seating is available, many tables with outside heaters for the cooler months. Pipers by the Lake is one of the most popular restaurants in Ballarat so come and see enjoy what we have to offer.
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful Venue, Average Food”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

I recently had dinner here as part of a work function. It's a lovely building with a great balance in décor between the historical and modern, very well done. The view from from the back windows is gorgeous, with a lovely verandah (with heaters, handy on cool night) and the whole place has a lovely ambience.
Unfortunately the food was a bit of a let down. Understandably with a large party we had a set menu, however there was no menu on the tables detailing what we were to be served (I've since worked out what each dish was by checking their website).
We started with canapes which were fairly ho hum mostly deep fried.
This was followed by alternating servings of lamb strap wrapped with basil, roasted capsicum and mozzarella in proscuito served on soft polenta with red wine jus (quite nice, however the polenta wasn't great) or oven baked atlantic salmon on golden potato rosti with lemon and chive beurre blanc sauce (most people couldn't seem to bring themselves to eat the potato rosti).
Dessert was either apple and raisin strudel with creme anglaise and vanilla ice cream or flourless chocolate and almond cake with raspberry sorbet and double cream both quite nice.
Overall whilst the venue was lovely, the service and food lacked something. A bit disappointing.

  • Visited April 2014
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Ballarat, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Coffee with a view”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Excellent coffee and cheesecake and really stylish setting. Great service and wonderful ambience with a view worth looking at

Visited March 2014
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Thank judyz41
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Ballarat, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“What's happened ..Disappointing”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have been bringing friends and visitors to Pipers for a number of years and almost embarrassed at what we found on this visit. I dont know if there has been a change in management but the food was terrible. Children's meals $12 for a handful of chips and no name brand party pies and nuggets. The Squid? Calamari was frozen style and deep fried. Nothing appeared fresh. Expensive rubbish.. I could not recommend this place .. The only thing going for it is the location but as a business this will not survive if they don't lift there standards.

  • Visited April 2014
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Bridge of Roy, , United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“nice lunch”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

Enjoyed our lunch here. Lovely setting, beautiful dining room, food was good, and menu extensive. Service was good, an enjoyable lunch experience

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Heather T
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Melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Lovely position.”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Pipers sits over looking Lake Wendouree, Inside and outside tables. Good Menu for breakfast, but have to say coffee was luke warm, if we had not been in a bit of a rush we would have asked for it to be replaced. The resturant was packed so maybe coffee making was being rushed.

Visited March 2014
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Thank RetiredMelbourne
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