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.

Apart from our superb steak, lamb, chicken, pork, fish and pasta we also cater for gluten free customers and those of you who are vegetarian both within our general menu and on special occasions with prior notice. Our children’s menu is hearty & healthy. We have tables available from an intimate table for two through to larger parties of 14 all at one table! The open fire in our bistro is very popular during the cooler months.

Our local wine list will keep you entertained as we support our local wine makers.

We offer dinner every night from Tuesday through Saturday and we are open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. Should you have a group who may require dining at other times don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll do what we can to assist.

We are open on Sunday for lunch and run a fabulous lunch special every Thursday & Friday – all sorts of wonderful treats show up on our specials list from our massive steak sandwich through to fish and even the occasional gem like Lambs Fry & Bacon thrown in for good measure.

Our lunch specials are always on our Facebook page – just like Shire Hall Hotel & Bistro 240 to see what we have to offer on a weekly basis.

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function rooms
We can cater for private functions for up to 50 within Bistro 240 or we can offer you either of two of our private function rooms where your privacy is assured if you would like a dinner meeting or an evening away from the busier, noisier confines of a bistro.

Our smaller function room seats up to 12 and has an open fire to keep you warm whilst our larger room seats up to 30. It too contains an open fire. We can cater for a la carte dining, set menus or finger food if that is what you require. We are always happy to assist with your celebration or function and make it the success you deserve. Both rooms are available with full waitress service to complete your function.

Cost: We aim to give you a pleasant experience at The Shire without the bitter aftertaste of having spent too much money. The average couple can experience a two course meal with a drink or two, still drive home and have plenty of change still left out of $80. Let’s face it what do you still get in life for under $80?

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wine list
Our wine list consists of an exemplary list of local wines, both red & white, most of which are available by the glass in both the bar and bistro.

Think Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz (and you’re in one of the best cool climate Shiraz growing areas in Australia) through to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris. And they’re not expensive either! All our wines are also available take away.

what else can we offer you?

We have ample on-street parking right out the front of the hotel and can provide off street parking in certain circumstances, we are wheelchair friendly, we accept Mastercard, Visa and all debit cards and we still deal in cash! With prior arrangement we can arrange corporate charge facilities.

We have good, clean ararat 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. We have a variety of rooms available ranging from the standard single room, twin rooms, double rooms and even a family room where Mum & Dad can be in the same room as the kids.

There are other options as well so don’t be scared to ask about our accommodation. We will take care of you from as little as one night through to longer term depending on your needs.

We have a guest lounge comprising TV, fridge, microwave, kettle & toaster and we provide free tea, coffee and milk for our overnight guests. Small packets of assorted cereals and/or toast and various spreads are available for a small surcharge by preordering.


single room (1 single bed)

$48 per night  |  $180 per week

double room (1 double bed)

$60 per night  |  $190 per week

twin room (2 single beds)

$65 per night  |  $200 week

Other accommodation options are also available.

get in touch with us to make a booking…
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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.

You’ll be surprised what you might find in our fridges. As for spirits – there’s Jack, there’s Bundy, there’s Beam and there’s Johnnie and there’s a whole lot more – all available to drink in or take away there’s also a vast array of local wines – especially Shiraz – most available by the glass at the bar or as take away by the bottle. And best of all it’s all available at a sensible price!

There’s a dart board for the quieter times and we play competition darts on a Wednesday evening, there’s a pool table for a relaxing game amongst friends, there’s a jukebox, a cigarette machine, a wood heater to keep you warm in winter and there’s a couple of TV’s to watch your favourite sport.

If you are in the bar on a Friday night you can participate in our popular raffle where all our proceeds go to support Cystic Fibrosis research. All that backed up by warm, friendly staff who will do their very best to make you feel at home!

For all bookings, please call 03 5352 1280