The sun sets over Beechworth, flooding the old town with rich golden light. The hills above Beechworth, their rich red soil glowing red and magenta in the dying light of the day. This is the view from the first floor verandah of the newly-renovated Empire Hotel in the heart of Beechworth. It is mesmerising.

The outdoor lounge, which is protected by blinds when more than breezy, is the perfect place to take in a Bridge Road Brewery beer, cocktail or glass of local wine.

First floor verandah of the newly-renovated Empire Hotel

This beautiful two-story Victorian hotel is enjoying a new lease of life with new luxe-budget accommodation with double rooms suitable for couples and for bike riders coming in on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.

Downstairs, the public bar is now also home to a community choir while the dining room continues to wow customers with a menu that could include a chargrilled lamb rump with Greek oregano, zucchini and fetta cream on a bed of buckwheat and pistachio pilaf. Just awarded a score 14/20 in this years The Age, Good Food Guide, this is one of the best places in town for fun, excellent bar food, affordable comfortable accommodation and outstanding dining.

Baked cauliflower, black sesame, white miso, nori
Lamb rump, buckwheat & pistachio pilaf, zuchinni & fetta cream, with Haldon Estate (Beechworth) 2014 Cabernet/Sauvignon

What was once a dreary pub is now a light, bright, family-friendly venue. Owners Andrew Madden, Scott Daintry and Shauna Stockwell gutted the two-story gold rush era pub, got rid of the gambling facilities, polished the floorboards hidden under sticky carpet and created a bright, fun place to eat and drink. The bar offers 25 cocktails, craft beers, local wines by the glass and a very smart bar menu with an extended bar fare menu from 3-9pm.

Empire Hotel
10 Camp Street, Beechworth
Tel 03 5728 2743

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