If there’s one pub that I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time, it’s the Macalister Hotel in Maffra. I used to live in Sale many years ago and, for the life of me, I can’t remember whether I ever went to the Macalister Hotel for a meal or even just a beer. I know on our 4WD trips we went through Maffra many a time and have done so more often now on our High Country Cruises, but have never stopped there. It’s something that I’ve mentioned a number of times as we’ve driven past, noting that I need to pay a visit. So finally I had the chance to pay that visit as we decided to go out for lunch one Thursday and the Macalister Hotel immediately came to mind. And being one of the first warm and pleasant days this Spring, it was a perfect opportunity to go for a drive.
The Macalister Hotel is quite the sight as you drive past, stretching along the main road, offset on a secondary road, and reflecting its nearly 100 year heritage with its colonial or such construction. Looking at the expansive veranda, I was quite easily imagining a line of thirsty patrons sitting along the front of the hotel in days gone by, when the main road was still a dusty track, sheltering from the hot sun and enjoying a beer or two with mates after work or on a lazy weekend. I’m pretty sure that’s partly the reason why the hotel has such a long and wide veranda, but I’m not sure if having a drink outside is allowed nowadays, given the restrictive laws that are imposed everywhere by the fun police.
The interior where the meals were served was a much simpler affair than many of the old pubs we’ve visited over the years, but then I think the Macalister Hotel’s main purpose was always that of a regular pub rather than a restaurant. Anyway, the meal was good and we also had the place to ourselves, so it was nice a quiet as well. Unfortunately we haven’t had the opportunity to visit many pubs of late, so these stories are quite thin on the ground.
Note: We visited the Macalister Hotel quite some time ago and I’ve been holding off posting this in case we managed to visit another, but with the virus affecting everything, it may be some time until we can visit a country pub again.