Sunny days & lunch at The Stirling Hotel in the Adelaide Hills

As we are the peoples blog, we love it when others want to contribute their own views of an Adelaide dining experience. This guest chop is from The Yorkshireman. We hope you enjoy the review, we certainly have enjoyed reading this Adelaide restaurant review.

A trip to the Adelaide hills with family on a sunny day coincided with lunch @ The Stirling Hotel, situated in the heart of Stirling. I've heard good things about the pub through friends but had never visited, due to my obsession with the Hahndorf Inn whenever I'm in the vicinity. First impression was impressive. Ultra modern with a beautiful, spacious al fresco area.

We arrived before noon which was lucky as we wanted tables outside and by the time we ordered drinks and perused the intriguing looking menu, it was packed. On entry there is a classy looking dining room to the left and 2 sleek bars to the right. Clean, elegant - my sort of place!! I'm excited....memories of the hot cramped dining room @ the Hahndorf Inn have disappeared. The menu consists of tapas style sharing, pub classics, bistro and pizzas. There's a good range of breads, sides, dessert and a decent range kids menu too (pizza & bread available week nights 6-9.30pm weekends & public holidays 12-9.30pm).

Masterstock Spring Rolls
I ordered the Masterstock duck spring rolls (3) with sweet plum sauce ($10) which I would argue were the tastiest spring rolls I've ever eaten. Plump, crispy with large quantities of shredded duck dominating along side a beautiful sweet sticky sauce.... I'm in heaven!! Even the discovery of a bone in the 2nd bite didn't deter me from finishing the best start to a bistro meal for a very long time. 2 portions of garlic & cheese bread for the table were another hit - pizza style, presented on wooden boards and tasted good.

Fish Curry
For main I ordered the Vietnamese fish curry with chili, vermicelli noodles, cashew, bean shoots & coriander salad ($26). Again presented on a wooden board, visually vibrant and fresh but tasted surprisingly bland. More chili needed!! Pleasant enough but didn't tick all the boxes.

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Other orders included a BBQ chicken pizza with smoked cheddar, Spanish onion and mushroom ($20). Not as thin based as some but generous topping and fantastic flavour made it a winner. Chicken schnitzel with chips and choice of sauce ($20) was a decent size. Breast meat with their own crumb, looked and tasted the part.  Porthouse schnitzel ($22) was ok. A bit gristly in parts. 200g grass fed eye fillet ($32) came with a potato & pea croquette, radish & caramelised pearl onion jus and was cooked to perfection and subsequently demolished.

Beef Burger
Angus beef burger came with all the trimmings, chips and taka tala sauce. Tasty pub style burger, quality Beerenberg taka tala sauce.

Service at the bar & table was very friendly and prompt. Exactly what you would expect in the Adelaide Hills. The service was as good as I have ever had from a pub, and better than a lot of the fine dining experiences I have had. If your looking for a relaxed, reasonable priced meal in fantastic, family friendly surroundings then The Stirling Hotel would certainly be recommended. Already looking forward to our next visit.

The Yorkshireman scores The Stirling Hotel 15/20 chops on The Chopping Board

Ambiance 4/5
Service 4/5
Food 7/10

The Stirling Hotel

52 Mount Barker Road
Stirling, South Australia 5152
t: (08) 8339 2345

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  1. This are all yummy. I never saw a BBQ chicken pizza, this one is new to me.

    1. We definitely had a good time up there, and will be returning soon. Look forward to reading more of your comments, and I'll keep you in mind if we need some mass spit roast catering!

    2. Thanks! Expect a good service from us.

  2. wow!! The last time I ate Masterstock Spring Rolls was last year.. When I saw this today I started craving with this food.. Yummy!!

  3. Always good to see a pub review ;)

  4. My family spent the summer holiday in the Adelaide Hills and I swear, there are a lot of good foods in there! The Stirling Hotel’s Angus beef burger is worth the try! I just do wonder if their burger patties were homemade or not..


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