Dinner at Hotel Rottnest
After a day of cycling to the west end of Rottnest Island we returned to the hotel to freshen up before dinner. On the island there are a handful of places to choose for dinner and as we went to the Riva Restaurant the night before, we thought we would stay close by and dine at Hotel Rottnest.
Hotel Rottnest was recently renovated a few years ago and has been beautifully done. The pub has a large alfresco terrace overlooking the calm waters of Thomson Bay and there is plenty of space to spend a good few hours relaxing over food and drinks. The hotel is open for lunch and dinner and the menu offers pub style food at higher than normal prices.
Rottnest island is very family friendly and of course the pub welcomes families too, the atmosphere during our stay was really relaxed. Kids were running around on the beach front and the parents catching up over drinks. For a couple holidaying on their own there are plenty of spots to find away from the crowd and we picked a quiet table on the steps, close to the main bar.
The evening was stunning, there was no wind and it was warm. No cars, no noises other than people chatting away and the boats bobbing in the water.
I ordered the beer battered fish and chips ( $24.00) which was served with aioli and a fresh salad. I am always a slightly reluctant about ordering battered fish, it can be a hit or a complete miss. Fish and chips is a meal I always crave when on a beach style holiday and I am pleased the say it was not overly fried as I had feared. The salad was great but I wish there was more of it than a small bowl.
Derek ordered the black Angus steak sandwich ($26.00) which was made up of grilled onion, tomato relish, brie and rocket. A side of chips was also included in the meal. According to Derek the steak sandwich was delicious and although the photo below may show a small burger it was quite filling
I was impressed that I was able to order a glass of Mumm NV Cordon Rouge Champagne, this made my night actually.
After dinner we ordered a few more drinks from the bar and sat on the limestone wall looking out across the water towards the lights of the mainland, we ended up staying until closing at around midnight.
All in all Hotel Rottnest is a beautiful spot to spend the evening but it is not to be mistaken for anything other than a pub which means there is no dining service during your meal, you order food and drinks at the counter and the food is brought out to you. In my opinion I think pub food should be reasonably priced and most would agree that Hotel Rottnest being one of two pubs (Governor’s Bar) on the island has a great advantage of being able to charge the high prices. The food and atmosphere was fantastic, Hotel Rottnest certainly offers a laid back environment to finish a day of cycling and swimming on the island.
Spending the night on the island is worthwhile as when the last ferry departs at 4:00pm, there are less people around to share the island with. We stayed two nights in a courtyard room at Hotel Rottnest.
Hotel Rottnest has a number of resort rooms to stay the night in
View our other blog posts Day 1 and Day 2
Hotel Rottnest Website
Rottnest Island website