The Entrance is regarded as one of the most beautiful hotels between Sydney and Newcastle since 1927. The chic and open decor compliments the natural surroundings making the most of the views over the lake, the fresh sea breeze and the glorious sunlight. The outside beer garden is the heart of the hotel, with views over the much loved lake. The Entrance Hotel is the perfect place to quench your thirst, catch-up with friends or enjoy a sensational meal. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed with quick, accurate and friendly staff, making you feel like a local.
Salt & pepper squid with fresh lime & sweet soy & chilli ($16)
Our entrées started with this lightly battered squid. A pub favourite, it’s spicy seasoning is finished with fresh shallots, chilli and fried onion. The golden crispy outside did nothing to affect the delicious soft meat inside, keeping it succulent and tender.
Thai fish cakes served with an Asian slaw ($16)
These delicious fish cakes took me back to Thailand with their big punch of fresh chilli and coriander mixed within the fish. The serving size was actually pretty big allowing this to venture from starter to light main.
Steak and mushroom pot pie ($22)
Again, this dish is a generous serving packed full of flavour. It’s no wonder the locals love this joint. The pastry was crisp and fluffy and had a perfect light crunch. No soggy top here! The filling was mouth watering with big chunks of tender steak with slices of mushrooms.
Roast chicken breast filled with sundried tomatoes, basil & mozzarella served with red wine jus & potato mash ($28)
Different from what you usually see in a hotel, the basil, sundried tomato and mozzarella was stuffed between the skin of the chicken adding tonnes of extra flavour to the meat. The potato mash and beans really make this dish feel like a Sunday roast with a welcomed spin.
Eton Mess ($13)
For this dessert, you want to aim to get a spoonful of everything in one mouthful. Jammed with cream, jam, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, meringue and Persian fairy floss. From looking at the description,we assumed this would be one of those overly sweet desserts, but it really isn’t. The acidity of the raspberry, the dryness of the meringue and the freshness of the fruit all worked together really.
Apple & Rhubarb Pie
The perfect dessert especially on a cold winter’s day as it is served comfortably warm. The nuts and muesli on top was a nice change to your usually crumble on top of a traditional apple pie. The gooey insides were hot and delicious yet not too sweet that they soil your appetite. The vanilla ice cream was a great addition, cutting the tartness of the filling.
We really had a fantastic time at the Entrance Hotel. A big thanks to Nathan & Kenny who both looked after us and made sure everything was perfect for us. I especially appreciated Kenny’s service who always has a good chat to his regular customers and even though The Entrance Dining is a bistro style restaurant (with buzzers so you know when to collect your food), he takes it a step further by just bringing the food out to his regulars, remembering what they ordered – before their buzzer even goes off. It’s things like this that make this place a beacon of hospitality and a favourite meeting spot for tourists and locals alike.
The Entrance Hotel
87 The Entrance Road
The Entrance, NSW 2261
Contributed by Jennifer, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys