If being nominated for and winning awards is the measure of a great pub destination, then The Farmers Arms in Creswick is undoubtedly doing something right. Having recently been voted as a finalist in The Federation Business School of Commerce Ballarat – Business Excellence Awards 2019, The Farmers Arms has rapidly followed up as finalists in the Ricoh Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Award in the category of Customer Service. The final of this award occurs on 11th October. Along the way, The Farmers Arms has been voted one of Victoria’s best pubs.
So what is it about this pub that makes it such a standout? Before Chris Molloy purchased the hotel over three years ago, it had fallen into a rather sad state. When Chris took over she, and partner Richard McKeon set about gutting the old pub, knocking out walls and completely refurbishing the place, with it’s central feature of the pressed metal and concrete topped bar. Knowing that the region was a recognised food bowl, Chris focused on sourcing the best and freshest regional produce, going so far as to develop their own butchery and charcuterie. They acquire whole beasts direct from the farm and process the animal, nose to tail, thus honouring the life that animal had lived. The Farmers Arms’ chefs are a dedicated bunch and keen to regularly develop new dishes, again using regional produce in season. Richard said, “we offer a variety of dining where customers can choose the more elaborate dishes that can be enjoyed in the dining room accompanied by one of the exceptional regional wines or those who prefer a simpler pub meal in the bar”. Chris and Richard are very proud of their wine list and local beers on tap.
This couple are also proud of their team, who contribute significantly to the success of The Farmers Arms. Richard said, “we have a happy workplace who work together and have fun along the way, I like to call it an ‘energetic, collective culture”. The hotel offers live music on weekends, which was a natural progression considering Richard’s background as a musician and DJ. Just another element to make The Farmers Arms the full package – great food, wine, beer and music. No wonder they keep winning awards.
The Farmers Arms Hotel is at 31 Albert Street, Creswick. For bookings call 5345 2221 or visit http://www.farmersarmscreswick.com