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Public INN

$$ - $$$
Contemporary, Australian, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
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26 Templeton Street, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
+61 3 5472 3568
16:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 16:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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148 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner discovered this gem and we recently had dinner here to celebrate my birthday. The ambience is wonderful and the menu is simply delightful. We started with a tasting plate, he then had the special of the day which was Angus steak and I had the duck done 2 ways. The blended house red was also a winner. We... More 

1 Thank yvc129
Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

The Public Inn is a delightful space, with a long banquette sling on side, an amazing wine list and the "barrels on the wall" that were a feature of their original location in Castlemaine. We had a delicious lunch of roast pork (entree size provided plenty of meat for us) with a simple salad (excellent) followed by a wonderful dessert... More 

Thank Anna B
Penzance, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Glamorous restaurant setting but really prefer a chair to a banquette. Front of house very professional and efficient (we saw four staff for 16 diners). Found the food disappointing. Cold bread rolls. Use of pickled onions, strong herbs and sousing overpowered delicate flavours. My pork crackling was far too salty. House wine from the barrel was very acceptable. We had... More 

Thank Janette B
Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

The Public Inn is just great for a take away coffee, quick snack, lunch or a la carte. Hard to combine all of the above but they do it well. It is my local and I visit often. When taking friends they are impressed and when I visit on my own always feel welcome. The good is beautifully presented and... More 

Thank Lyn C
Castlemaine, Australia
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78 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Welcomed upon entry and ushered to a small table for 2. Seating was very comfortable. Shown the drinks list - an incredible array of quality wines, beers etc. which the waiter showed very good product knowledge of. Settled with our beverages we browsed the small but incredible menu, it did take some explaining as they have course deals with a... More 

Thank Lynne M
Melbourne, Australia
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217 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Just a little bit overpriced for what it is. $16 for a hot dog? Now it was a very good one, spicy on a very good roll. But price point typical of most items on menu. Having said that as tourists we were happy enough to fork out for the experience. Excellent local beers, ciders and wine to enjoy. I... More 

Thank ShaneABurke
Bendigo, Australia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Food is tasty and presented well. This fools you in thinking your getting something for the over rated prices. Not much on the plate. It takes longer to hear the blurb from the waiter than actually eating the food. The wallaby was nice. Good choice of drinks. Will go again as my wife loves it!

Thank Dave A
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We went for a family dinner. The cafe was bustling, the restaurant was virtually empty. Should have paid heed at that point. The restaurant food was nice, and beautifully presented, but the flavours were not always well combined, the service was surprisingly stuffy for a casual venue, and we wished we had chosen the cafe (for the food and service... More 

Thank Priscilla B
Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We had booked dinner at Public Inn as part of a weekend trip to Castlemaine, without knowing the place. What an unexpected surprise! The food was very special in terms of flavours and textures, totally different from your standard Australian/International gourmet restaurant. The menu offered limited choices, but everything we had in our 3 course dinner tasted fantastic. We loved... More 

1 Thank Horst V
Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Went there on a weekend away, basically because it was very close to our accommodation. What a pleasant surprise! Perfect service, a wine and drinks list which let you dream of past and future holiday destinations ( from Ouzo to Spanish wines and French Pastisse...) a menu which makes it hard to choose - and then the offer that you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$26
Contemporary, Australian, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Templeton Street, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Castlemaine
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5472 3568

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?