Inglewood Inn - Good views, good food

Inglewood Inn - 1931 NE Rd, Inglewood, SA

Heading out to a country pub on a Sunday is something that I (Nathan) find myself doing a lot more recently. It's an opportunity to get out of the city, experience some new food and take in some of Adelaide's great scenery. The Inglewood Inn is one that has intrigued me everytime I have driven past as the car park is always full. This is generally a good sign for a country venue. We decided to book a table one Sunday lunch and give it a go.

Inglewood Inn, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide, pub, Pizza,
The hills are rolling, the view is uninterrupted. 

As we enter, we walk through the front of the hotel, which maintains a lot of the heritage that makes it South Australia's first historic hotel.  It is through to the rear where the restaurant is situated. The tables overlook rolling Adelaide Hills, with the Para River below. We were lucky enough to have a seat right on the edge with uninterrupted views. The fire was also lit, creating a cosy atmosphere with a hint of smoke to remind us we were in the country.

Inglewood Inn, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide, pub, Pizza,
For when you can't decide what beer you want - The Beer Paddle - $17
Having a look through the drinks list, I spot that there is a great selection of local beers and wine available. Feeling more like beer, but unsure which one, I decide that the beer tasting paddle is the best option for today. There were a few beers on the paddle from Lobethal Bierhaus, James Squire & Coopers. My favourite was the Bierhaus Porter.

Inglewood Inn, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide, pub, Pizza,
Beer goes best with Pizza - Meatlovers - $26
Once the important decision was out of the way, I take a minute to look at the menu which is full of classics. Burgers, schnitzels, fishermans baskets and caesar salad just to name a few. I found myself getting excited by a large range of pizzas, and land on the meatlovers. Its described as smoked ham, pepperoni, pork belly, chicken, Napoli sauce and mozzarella, drizzled with home-made bbq sauce...and it comes out as just that. 

The base is great, just the right level of crunch and chew. The pizza is loaded with meat, and the highlight is the pork belly. It's crunchy, very crunchy. Banh Mi level crunchy. And its the texture the pizza needs, contrasting with the sweet BBQ sauce. 

Inglewood Inn, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide, pub, Pizza,
Great balcony for some Sunday afternoon relaxing
The views out the large windows are great, the dining area has a great country feel to it and the food was great. The balcony looks like a great place to sit and let the weekend pass by. The prices are a little high, but for $26 the pizza was probably big enough to share and the ingredients were quality. As a Sunday lunch destination, there isn't much more needed. 

Nathan gives The Inglewood Inn 14.5/20 Chops on The Chopping Board. 

Food: 7.5/10 - A very good (bar being a bit expensive) pub pizza
Service: 3/5 - One ordering issue which was eventually resolved.
Ambiance: 4/5 - The view is great. 


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