Luckily, my wife had read about the Warburton Hotel and steered us in that direction. It was a great choice for dining with young kids.
The Warburton Hotel was built in 1885 and was once a stopping place on Cobb & Co stagecoach runs through the area. It’s been well maintained and the structure hasn’t changed much since its original opening making it atmospheric as well as kid friendly. The hotel has a main bar as well as a bistro eating area. The bistro has limited hours of operation but is open for dinner every night. We ate in the bistro.
At heart, it remains an old school pub but there are several things that made it a great place for a meal. Firstly, the staff are friendly and helpful. Second, not long after being seated they brought out some butchers paper and crayons for the kids to draw on while they waited. This is a great touch – simple but very effective in keeping kids occupied.
There’s also a kids menu and the kids meals were brought out first (and quickly) so our kids weren’t waiting long.
All of these things helped make the meal easy and also relaxing and we all had a good time. It helps that the food was good, too!
Menu wise, it is a traditional pub menu – burgers, parmas, salads, pasta and some steak options plus a few other options. It’s not a gourmet destination but the servings were well sized and tasty. We weren’t disappointed.
The prices are more than resonable: lots of options at or under $20. The kids’ meals were $10 (and included a drink and dessert) and even drinks were cheaper than most places. The meal was excellent value.
We definitely enjoyed our meal here – both the adults and the kids – and we’ll be going back next time we are in the area!
The Warburton Hotel is located at 2882 Warburton Highway, Wesburn. The main bar is open from noon every day for meals or a drink. The Bistro area is open for dinner every night from 5:30pm to 8:00pm and for lunch on Thursday and Friday between noon and 2pm and on Saturday and Sunday between noon and 3pm. See https://www.warburtonhotel.com.au for more information including the menu.
Kid friendly: Yes.
Pram/stroller friendly: Yes. There are steps from the main carpark at the rear but none from the front entrance/street. Inside the bistro, there’s enough room to use a pram and park it between tables if needed. The main bar is more crowded and less pram friendly.
Getting to the Warburton Hotel
From Warbuton, the hotel is a 10 or 15 minute drive east along the Warburton Highway (which runs through the centre of the town) and is roughly half way between Warburton and Yarra Junctiion. From Melbourne, get on the Maroondah Highway and go east until the turn off for the Warburton Highway (route B380) just after Lilydale.