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“Great view, pity about the food”
Review of Scarborough Hotel

Scarborough Hotel
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

This pretty, old pub perched on a spectacular piece of coastline, is a semi-regular destination for our family as it is roughly halfway between our homes. We’ve been coming for about two years now and until recently have enjoyed the venue. The menu changed a few months ago and, sadly, so did the quality of the meals.
They now serve what I would consider to be the bare minimum that they can get away with. The food isn’t bad, but it barely satisfies, and for most of the meals, zero consideration is given to presentation.
Two recent visits saw me ordering the fish and chips. A large slab of battered fish on reasonably good chips. I think the fish is hoki, not a favourite of mine as I find it quite bland. And not even a sprig of parsley on the plate let alone a bit of salad. And no, the menu doesn’t mention salad with the meal, but something green would be appreciated. I heard others complaining to wait staff about the same issue (and the waitress argued with the customers, a big no no).
My son had a Cape Grim sirloin with red wine jus, a thin piece of meat cooked adequately, but nothing to write home about and once again, no garnish or salad. Previously salad was included with steak and fish. Another in the party had the lamb skewer on cous cous, which looked to be the best of the bunch.
Weekdays the outdoor kitchen and bar are both closed, so if you want to sit outdoors it’s a long trek upstairs to pick up meals when the buzzer goes, which means meals are cold by the time you reach your table, so during the week it’s best to sit indoors in the covered dining area.
The pub has a spectacular outdoor dining area that is dog- and family-friendly, and has no poker machines (a huge plus in our eyes). On a fine day you couldn’t be in a better spot, frankly. Staff are mostly friendly and recently provided a bowl of water for our pooch without asking. If only the food was better...

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Maggie C
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

We stopped on the way home for coffee, which was very nice, view awesome and staff were very polite and friendly

Date of visit: August 2018
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Thank lisamcclure2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We were tipped off about the hotel by a friend which was worth the stop.
Venue is in a great location with ocean views. Menu caters for adults and kids.
Meals were good and customer service was excellent. Recommend dropping in if you’re doing the coast drive.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Rosco_FNQ
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Caught up with friends for lunch, wanted the pulled pork burger, out of pork so cheese burger instead, just burger and few chips, no salad. Kids meal $17, then told no activity book so now $12. Supposedly unlimited drink for kids, went to bar and told no more apart of that deal, that's why $12 now. Two different stories. Might be a great view but other places down the road with a view and a decent meal for the same price.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank eskiv1
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

What a view. Excellently located overlooking the bay. The restaurant is located on 2 levels with the kitchen at road level - you have to carry your own food to your table which may be in the garden overlooking the sea which is a bit of a walk if you are elderly and have to balance your tray. They sometimes close down taking orders till the current ones are serviced, which can be a pain since you have to wait to even place an order. Decent bar with good selection of basic wines.Their salmon was excellent and paired with a good wine but the beer battered fish (and chips) left a lot to be desired- it was undercooked and not spectacular at all.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Thank docpathare
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