A busy trading day on a public holiday with a local event filling the main street often results in slow service at a country pub. It was like this to begin with at the Kangaroo hotel in Maldon yesterday, but they did well overall and won my party of three’s admiration with some great pub food and cheerful service.
We started with a ‘local’ tasting plate (it was unclear what, if anything, on it was local, and it wasn’t much more than salami and salad). It took quite a while to arrive, and by that time a glass of Pondalowie’s silky smooth shiraz had already disappeared. Then our mains arrived while we were still dispatching the entree.
It didn’t matter as we were all rather hungry. I enjoyed my roast lamb with salsa verde and vegetables. My partner loved her pork ribs, chips and very tangy slaw, and the child serve chicken parma (not photographed) disappeared in record time. They had run out of burgers and some other menu items by the time we ordered but we were pleased with what was available to us.
Maldon is a very pretty and picturesque country town and the leasehold for the hotel is currently for sale. Their website states ‘The Kangaroo Hotel was established in 1856 and is Australia’s only Kangaroo Hotel. This unique positioning of being Australia’s only Kangaroo Hotel has yet to be exploited and offers marketing opportunities with both local and international tourist.’ I hope they focus on the cooking and stop trying in vain to write clever marketing spin.