“Our aim is to always make people feel relaxed and comfortable” says Andrea Wilson who with husband Craig has run The Wallace Hotel for the past seven years. Andrea could also add “and well fed” because that is exactly what you receive at this country pub. The Wallace Hotel attracts people from all directions, many travelling long distances to enjoy good, old fashioned hospitality. First time visitors are often surprised by the expanse of the very large dining room that opens up from the neat front bar and then extends into the outdoor area with it’s garden rooms, manicured lawns and bocce court. The food is simple and affordable from the traditional pub classics of roasts, parmas, fish and steak with some modern twists mixed in, but all very generous in size without compromising quality. The décor in the dining room is always a talking point and has been described as quaint, eccentric or unusual. A mix of mirrors, deer heads and antlers adorn the walls and the enormous stone fireplace is reminiscent of a European ski lodge. Add to this the mix and match chairs, big comfy leather lounges and you’d easily be forgiven if you found it hard to leave. Even more so on a Sunday when live acoustic music is part of the afternoon entertainment between 1pm and 4pm. As a function venue, this country pub has some surprising options. The dining room alone can cater for up to 500 people cocktail style and is also ideal for a more formal wedding. The outdoor areas allow for some inspirational ideas for arranging an event with the garden rooms offering functionality and privacy at the same time. A covered seating area, a barbecue and the bocce court all add to informal family gatherings. Several years ago, The Wallace Hotel created the “Wallace wants a wife” event held in late summer and to date there have been fifteen weddings and 9 babies, proving that country couples love a romance. Andrea and Craig will soon be adding another attraction to this amazing hotel by introducing High Tea afternoons – keep an eye out for the start date. The Wallace Hotel is just off the Western Highway a few clicks on the Melbourne side of Ballarat – it is well worth a visit.