Harpur’s of Melbourne
This superb-looking pub with an elegant first-floor restaurant occupies an important position in the historic market town of Melbourne. The beautiful building that houses Harpur’s of Melbourne was built in 1773 as two separate houses. It was combined and extended onto Derby Road in 1853 and existed for many years as the iconic Melbourne Hotel. In 2011 the building underwent extensive refurbishment, and re-opened as the attractive bar and restaurant you see today.
Harpur’s of Melbourne has been awarded two AA rosettes for culinary excellence, and a look at the menu will make it clear why. Using mainly locally sourced ingredients, the chefs cater for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike and the friendly staff are happy to advise about allergies and dietary requirements. To start, opt for a warming bowl of cauliflower and truffle soup, or perhaps sample the blow-torched mackerel with cucumber tartare, celeriac remoulade and sharply contrasting horseradish. Tantalising mains include aubergine and courgette tagine, and creamy mushroom Stroganoff. You’ll also find an excellent selection straight from the grill – tuck into juicy steaks, burgers and succulent chicken. Round off your visit with a delicious pudding from Harpur’s dessert menu – Eton Mess is popular with guests of all ages, while the cheeseboard offers a pleasant savoury alternative. On select occasions Harpur’s of Melbourne also hosts themed foodie evenings such as steak nights and gourmet nights, and music evenings with performances from talented local bands.