Wandering through the Yarra Ranges National Park is a great way to spend time with friends who want to experience some of Victoria’s great outdoors. Less than two hours’ drive from Melbourne’s CBD takes you to a place of tall eucalypt forests, verdant tree fern gullies and majestic waterfalls. But all this nature and fresh air stimulated the appetite, and the Alchemist declared that it was time for lunch – not just any lunch, but one hopefully involving a big grilled steak!
There has been a Black Spur Inn at Narbethong since 1863 – although bushfires have destroyed it at least twice. Today it offers a traditional full country hotel service – accommodation, pub, bar meals and restaurant – in a country-style timber two-storey building with large, welcoming verandas, set in a pleasant forest clearing just off the main highway.
The menu offers five entrées, eight mains, and seven desserts, plus some daily specials. The traditional country pub classics are all here (roast of the day anyone?) plus a few slightly exotic offerings such as Thai Vegetable Curry and Wild Mushroom Arancini. And there is steak – a Porterhouse or a Wagyu rump, both 300gm. The desserts stick with tradition, ranging from a Baked Alaska, to a Lemon Tart, to an Affogato.
The Alchemist ordered his porterhouse cooked to medium (described in the menu as ‘pink and firm’) and it came exactly as ordered, but was just a bit dry (see first pic). Rather than being overcooked, I suspect that this is because porterhouse is a lean cut with little fat, and so probably should at most be cooked to medium rare. It was served with Hasselback-style baked potato and roasted corn. The Alchemist chose to substitute the standard salsa verde with a pepper sauce. The accompaniments were all fine.
Our friendly server assured us that the desserts were all made in-house – definitely an attraction.
OverallWith a relaxing setting, the Black Spur Inn is a very pleasant place to while away an afternoon.
The menu also caters for vegetarians, vegans, dairy free and gluten free dietary restrictions.
Find it atBlack Spur Inn
436 Maroondah Highway
Narbethong Vic 3778
Telephone: (03) 5963 7121