Just over a year ago, my partner, toddler, dog, chooks and I decided to leave the spiralling house prices of Melbourne for the tree-lined financial Nirvana of regional Victoria.
Every weekend we drove through many quaint and ute-riddled towns. None of which quite ticked all the ‘happy home’ boxes. That was until one fateful day, when we brought our big city hunger and thirst to the gold rush city of Ballarat; the town in which we discovered our own nugget of tasty gold… The Mallow.
It was when I first bit into the signature Mallow Burger – with all its oozing goodness exploding onto the plate, like a great over-packed burger should – that I first had that little inkling that this may be the beginning of something I wanted to do constantly. As I happily mopped the remaining juicy debris with their perfectly cooked chips, and drank the last delicious drop of a pint of White Rabbit Pale Ale (just one of the twelve choices of craft beers and cider on tap), I knew that we had found our new local… and, consequently, our new home.
Once owned by the legendary Paddy-O, the Malllow is now in the wonderful hands of Dallas and Sophie – both also fairly recent Melbournite refugees. Together they have created a great fusion of pub grub and quality dining, and deservedly won the 2012 Golden Plate Award. The staff are friendly, know what they are talking about, and, quite frankly, easy on the eye. The music on the sound system is a great combination of soul, blues and good rock. In fact, if it wasn’t for the complete absence of wankery, you could be mistaken for thinking that you had been teleported to Fitzroy.
To celebrate the pub that cemented the location of our tree change, for its support of local craft brewers and wineries, for its consistently delicious food, and for its great range of music, BallaFornia.com hereby announces the inaugural BallaFornia Bestie: Pub Gold Award to the fine folk at the Mallow.
May your chips forever crunch, and your beer forever froth.
At a glance
Craft beers and great wine
No live music, but great soul, blues and good rock on the sound system
20 Skipton St Ballarat