I’ve been wandering around central Victoria on weekends of late, and my last destination was Daylesford. The Farmers Arms hotel was recommended for its food, and its reputation is mostly deserved. Our party of three arrived on a busy Sunday and sat in the warm and ver comfortable main dining area.
We began with sweet potato chips, which came with a sweetish capsicum dip, ham and potato croquettes, which came with a delicious aioli, presumably house-made, and dumplings that were substantial and full of flavour.
We shared mains of spanish chicken, cooked in a tomato sauce with chorizo and green olives, and Thai beef cheeks. Both came with rice. The beef cheeks were the better dish, with the chicken being satisfactory but underwhelming in the way it is when you order something then realise it is something you could make yourself.
Dessert was a disappointment. The pannacotta lamington misrepresented itself. I was expecting something like a pannacotta coated in chocolate and coconut, but it was basically an ordinary lamington with a couple of thin strips of something soft through it. I think the menu mean to mean pannacotta and lamington, as it came with a small raspberry pannacottta-like thing.
The Farmers Arms delivers superior pub food, with a broad range of dishes, at reasonable prices commensurate with the quality. It’s not cheap but it shouldn’t be expected to be. The wine list is good, but it could be more locally oriented. Apart from the mediocre dessert, we enjoyed our meal and I would happily return. Next time I would probably eat my fill from the savoury side of the menu and skip dessert.