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HOT: The Mallow Hotel, Ballarat

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The Mallow Hotel is a relaxed pub near the edge of Ballarat central which caters well for kids. We went there on a recommendation of a Ballarat local (with kids) and enjoyed our meals and the overall experience.

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Like many old-fashioned pubs The Mallow Hotel has several dining areas – a street-facing beer garden for sunny days, a cosy fireplace with couches, a dining room and the front bar.

As soon as we arrived we were provided with a high chair, a tin of colouring pencils and colouring-in sheets doubling as the children’s menu.

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The menu contains standard pub classics and some more adventurous gastropub style dishes.

T tried the braised beef and stout pie ($22) which was a tasty but unremarkable offering with the usual salad and chips sides.

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The children’s menu was also fairly standard. We ordered grilled fish and chips and while the kids ate it I noticed that the fish was very rubbery in texture, possibly frozen.


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The best dish was my chermoula spiced Atlantic salmon with freekah risotto, charred asparagus and tomato sugo ($30). The salmon was slightly undercooked (no matter) but the risotto was creamy, full of flavour and still retaining some bite.

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For beer drinkers all twelve of The Mallow’s taps pour craft beer, focusing on supporting the region's brewers.

The Mallow Hotel is a reliable option if you’re looking for hearty pub grub in an environment that’s suitable for kids. I wouldn’t travel especially to eat there but if you’re in Ballarat it’s a good option.

HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • standard menu suitable for kids;
  • children’s menu;
  • colouring-in; and
  • courtyard.

The Mallow Hotel, 20 Skipton St,  Ballarat (03) 5331 1073

Tuesday – Thursday 4pm  – midnight
Friday – Sunday 12pm – 1am
Sunday 12pm – 11pm
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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