Farmers Arms Hotel
1 East Street, Daylesford, VIC
03 5348 2091
Built in 1857, the Farmer’s Arms Hotel is one of Daylesford’s oldest and most distinctive country hotels. Despite standing and operating as a hotel for 150 years, the beautiful red brick hotel is far more than an old country pub. Current owners, Susanne Devine and Claire Levine, have been at the helm for three years, and have managed to retain the old-world country charm that visitors love, whilst ensuring the pub offers modern fine dining in a welcoming, contemporary atmosphere.
Susanne and Claire are no strangers to hospitality, with more than 50 years experience between them. Israeli-born Claire originally began working in the industry to supplement her income as a professional squash player. Since moving to Australia 16 years ago, she has worked full-time in the business. Susanne has worked in food and wine for 30 years, most recently owning and operating a catering company in Melbourne, before moving to Daylesford. Together, the team form a passionate pair and their love for great food and quality service is evident through all facets of their wonderful country hotel.
The Farmer’s Arms offers a lively, bustling atmosphere in its stylish, yet comfortable interior. Open fires, and exposed brick walls ensure the hotel maintains its authentic feel, with tasteful artwork and furnishings adding a modern charm. The beer garden is a stunning setting, and the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks in the warmer months. Susanne and Claire’s staff are friendly and efficient, and ensure visitors are warmly welcomed and taken care of during their experience here.
Executive Chef, Gavan Anders, has created an honest, modern menu, featuring the best and freshest local ingredients available. The menu features all the favourite pub classics – from the Aged Porterhouse with kipfler potatoes, rocket and jus, to the Slow Roasted Pork Belly with potato mash, broccolini & smoky chilli relish. There’s no shortage of less familiar choices, with offerings such as Dukkah Crusted Snapper Fillet with rocket, pistachio and feta salad, and the popular Tunisian Goat Stew with fatoush salad available. The changing seasons and range of fresh produce available in the area influence the menu, with new dishes appearing often. Spa meats, Hardwick meats, Wangara poultry and game, Istra Smallgoods and Mt Franklin Organics, are some of the dedicated local producers who supply to the hotel.
It is simple to see why the Farmers Arms has become so popular with local and visitors alike. Owner/operators don’t come more enthusiastic and determined than Susanne and Claire, who welcome you to come and discover this gem for yourself. “Our hotel is our pride and joy. Many of our first time visitors become Farmers Arm regulars, and we would love to add you to their number,” Susanne said.