3746 Point Nepean Road, Portsea, VIC
03 5984 2213
Ask a Melbournian about the Portsea Hotel and you are almost certain to get a memory, an experience or a happy thought about this great place. Located right on the water, its huge beer garden and two large dining areas draw people down to the Mornington Peninsula from the city and beyond. Offering pub fare meals, a TAB and amazing craft beers, brewed locally and from their own craft brewery in Margaret River WA, there is much more to this hotel than accommodation!
The majestic building itself is something of an institution. Built in the 1870s by Scotsman Alexander Watson, it started life as a little cottage; in 1876 a bar was added and the Portsea Hotel was born. Having gone through many transformations, its most recent updated was in 1999, when the Deck Restaurant was added.
In summer it is swarming with guests watching the sun go down over a frosty beer and enjoying an acoustic set in the beer garden. With breathtaking views directly over Port Phillip Bay, there are few better places to be than on the lawn at the Portsea Hotel. A popular wedding destination, there is a good chance there will be a bride and groom sharing their special day at the Portsea Hotel.
The hotel has recently updated its beer lines to have a fully-functional outdoor caravan bar in addition to the three existing bars. There is also an upgraded kitchen which focuses on creating the Australian pub classics as well as a bar snacks, pizza, pasta, specialty dishes and kids’ meals.
The infamous Portsea Hotel burger is as picture-perfect as the setting; a chargrilled beef patty coated in jack cheese and served on a warm brioche bun, freshly accompanied by red onion, lettuce and tomato, and sauced with delicious bacon aioli and tomato relish, with a side of sweet and sour pickles and herb salted chips. It is decadent, aesthetically pleasing and is bursting with flavour – a bit like the setting!
The Portsea Hotel has many attractions, keep it in mind for your next Sunday drive with a truly great burger at the end of it.