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“What a lovely surprise!”
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Bell Tavern
Ranked #28 of 36 Restaurants in Belgrave
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had spent the day with our family - six little grandchildren including three under three - and their parents - on Puffing Billy after a drive from Geelong on a cold Winter morning.
Everyone had a wonderful day and, by the end of the day, everyone was tired and hungry.
So - what did we do? Did we go all the way home - something of an anti-climax for everyone? Or did we stop somewhere - children and all - for dinner?
Stop we did - just round the corner from Belgrave Station - at the Bell Tavern on the main street through Belgrave.
You walk into a place like that with the little crowd we had with some feelings of apprehension.
Not a bit of it! We were all made very welcome: there was a children's room just off the main bar where the staff were very happy to play videos for the children - and the fact that there were a few stairs leading up to it gave the children something unexpected to play on.
It turned out that the Tavern had only very very recently changed hands. Whether or not that was a reason for our welcome, we will never know, but the new staff certainly made us very welcome.
What we do know is that we were very well cared and catered for. All of our children were given dinners which they ate and enjoyed. Our meals were excellent - very good and substantial pub dinners. The service was warm and friendly and very welcoming - and, very importantly with little ones, quick!
My daughter asked for ice cream for the children after we had actually paid the bill. That was given to them very promptly, and the Tavern refused payment. How very lovely of them!
There was a band about to play as we left - we would have loved to have stayed.......

1  Thank jamesmW3102FS
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Decent pub food at a reasonable price with really friendly and efficient staff. The only downside was no options for vegan diets which is rare in a town like Belgrave and in 2013. That being said, the staff did try their best to work something out and that was very much appreciated.

3  Thank Partlyblonde
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We had dinner at Bell Tavern on a Thursday night before seeing a movie. The meals were a generous size and served quickly. Specials board had something for every day of the week, all being great value. The atmosphere was terrific - complete with "rough diamonds" at the bar (who were extremely polite and respectful). We loved the gas fireplace and the all old wood shelves present around the room. There was a bistro seating area but the feeling in the bar room was too good to refuse. Will definitely go again and happy to recommend.

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Seems like this place just keeps slipping away.
Had a meal here one night, was ok, bit tacky, pine lined walls in a pokey room, so so "number 32 steak and chips - help your self to salads" style. Went back for a beer when meeting father off the train, stopped for a beer and considered a meal, it was like a day care centre, kids running around in pyjamas (some one was in for a big night) running amock. We didn't even consider a second beer let alone a meal. Nice staff, but needs to be cleaned up. Location great, staff friendly, but lets
keep a handle on the kids and smarted up the dining room.

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3  Thank mbm3
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Serously! Froxen lazagni ? served a touch frozen on the inside? NOT HAPPY..
Chicken parma was good,

2  Thank Jonathan S
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