quench your thirst on your way to the Grampians...
The Shire Hall Hotel is a community friendly place to gather with your friends for a good time. We welcome travellers on their way to the Grampians or whilst enjoying all that Ararat has to offer with our cold beer, hearty food and clean, ‘pub style’ accommodation.

The Shire Hall Hotel is located in Ararat, 203 kms north-west of Melbourne – the gateway to the Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions.

we offer...
A well stocked sportsman’s bar with pool tables, darts + a digital jukebox
Affordable accommodation
Excellent food served in our comfortable restaurant
Meeting room suitable for wine tastings, private dining, meetings or displays
weekly specials!

Wednesday night is Parma night!

Your choice of parma with chips, salad and a pot for only $20


Mega parma: 2 x chicken schnitzels with your selection of toppings and a schooner to wash it down for only $30

Children under 12 years of age: Small parma, chips and salad with free soft drink or juice for $12.

Available from 6pm until 8pm every Wednesday night.

Thursday night is now Steak and Schooner night!

Only $25

Select from our magnificent locally supplied T-bone, Porterhouse or Scotch Fillet steak cooked to perfection and accompanied by one of our home made sauces and with freshly cooked steak fries and salad or vegetables.


Our surf n turf option with a medley of seafood in a creamy garlic and white wine sauce please add an extra $5.

Bookings preferred but not essential on 03 5352 1280

Our regular menu will also be available on these nights.

bistro 240

Our menu – fresh, honest, reasonably priced Aussie pub grub with some pleasant surprises not normally found in a country pub bistro thrown in to the mix to complete your dining experience in the tastefully decorated Bistro 240 within The Shire Hall Hotel.

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We have good, clean accommodation upstairs where the noise of the bar won’t be heard and you’ll get a good night’s sleep. All our beds are made with doonas and we provide clean, fluffy towels for your comfort.

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ararat pub

the bar

Our friendly front bar encapsulates all that you would need in a country pub, we have Carlton Draught, Carlton Dry, VB Gold & Bulmer’s Cider on tap. We have a vast array of beer from all over Australia available to drink at the bar or as take away.

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what else would you like to know?

The Shire Hall Hotel whilst an old hotel likes to think we are up to date with the 21st Century – we recycle all our glass, plastic, cardboard & paper where possible – we even pass our kitchen vegie scraps to some of our customers to feed their chooks!

We use renewable energy where possible and we are conscious of our effect on the environment – we save water where we can and are currently undergoing our own internal evaluation processes to see where we can do things better and more sustainably, it benefits the environment, it attracts customers and it saves us cash!

All great reasons to do what we can.

a bit of history about Ararat

We live in the only town in Victoria founded by the Chinese. Of course this all occurred during the gold rush era of the 1800’s. The Victorian government, in their wisdom, applied a ten pound tax to immigrants so the Chinese landed at Robe in S.A. and walked to Ararat where they discovered gold. Testament to this rich heritage is our local Gum San Chinese Museum where you can discover more about Ararat in this era.

Ararat has now evolved in to a rich mix of private industry, local government, and a range of mixed enterprise farming where local farmers and graziers run sheep and cattle as well as grow wheat, oats and canola. The area is also well known for its grape growing and wine making.

For all bookings, please call 03 5352 1280