Great pub fare at The Guilly – and yabbies!

October 14th, 2022Great pub fare at The Guilly – and yabbies!

LIKE all hospitality businesses, it has been a bit of a rocky road for the crew at the Guildford Family Hotel, aka The Guilly.

LIKE all hospitality businesses, it has been a bit of a rocky road for the crew at the Guildford Family Hotel, aka The Guilly.

But owners Megan and Tom have got all their ducks in a row now with a great team working on the floor and in the kitchen.

We popped in recently for a Saturday lunch with mates John and Jane – and before they arrived Megan gave us a quick tour of the newly renovated dining room. It’s stunning. High ceilings with great muted colours on the walls which are decorated with some fabulous pieces of musical art by local artist Nick Carpenter.

There’s also a lovely beer garden out the back with plenty of umbrellas for those sunny days – well, those sunny days we are longing for.

But our choice is always the bar and The Guilly has a really good bar. Perfect for whiling away an hour or so with a meal or just a drink. And Megan and Tom are the perfect hosts, chatting in between serving up drinks and welcoming patrons.

Entrees Once we settled in with wines for Jane and me, and beers for the boys, we started by sharing the yum cha ($16) with a selection of dumplings, spring rolls and gyozas with a dipping sauce. I thought about adding the pea, mint and halloumi fritters ($16) but the mains here are always generous so decided to hold off.

Next time. Kyle and I met Megan way back when, when she was working at another pub in Daylesford. She was always friendly and professional, with a ready smile for everyone. And she has brought all that and more to The Guilly along with her partner Tom, who is looking at getting the live music back up and running, along with a courtesy bus for Daylesford visitors. But back to the food.

Mains I chose the spinach and ricotta lasagne ($28) with a cheesy bechamel, napoli sauce, chips and salad – I told you they were generous. This is a really nice vegie dish with plenty of flavour and texture. And filling!

Kyle went for the chicken cordon bleu ($30) from the specials’ list – recommended by Tom. A ham and cheese stuffed, crumbed chicken breast with scallop potatoes, carrots, beans and broccoli with a creamy dijon sauce. Another winner with its crunchy, outer coating, perfectly cooked chicken and oozing with ham and cheese goodness.

But why are the French all thin? Jane chose the pub classic of fish and chips ($28) – two pieces of beer battered fish with chips and salad, which you can swap with buttered vegies. It got two thumbs up and a double “yummy”. John opted for the lemon pepper calamari, an entree size serve, but as a “calamari lover” declared it some of the best he has enjoyed. The main ($28) comes with chips and a salad.

Desserts & kids Now we didn’t do dessert, already full, but there is a really tempting chocolate pudding with choc sauce and cream or if you want to go old school, the bread and butter pudding. (Both $14.) There are also choices for kids ($13 and under) including napoli pasta, fish and chips, nuggets and chips, and chicken parma and chips.

Something else… Here’s one for the diary. The Guilly is hosting the annual Yabby Race Day on Tuesday, November 1. Yes, Melbourne Cup Day. The tradition has been going for many years and Megan and Tom are happy to keep the fun happening. So look forward to yabby races, fashions on the field, chicken and bubbles, and all the fun of the fair.

Deets All below. And bookings are always a good idea. A great country pub which is bound to become one of your favourite destinations.

Words: Donna Kelly | Images: Kyle Barnes

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