A local treasure: The Stirling Hotel

Hello,

One of the great things about moving to the Adelaide Hills is discovering all the great food haunts; be it quaint little cafes, trendy hotels or classy vineyard restaurants. I will be sharing with you the worthy mentions, starting with the award-winning treasure of Stirling: The Stirling Hotel.

The Stirling Hotel is a beautiful and trendy venue, nestled at the end of the main strip in Stirling (Mt Barker Road). It’s charming ambience draws in crowds all year round. However since Spring has arrived visitors have been flocking here to enjoy their modern menu, whilst basking in the sunny weather we have had lately.

I have dined here several times; for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the service and food has been consistently exceptional. Their bistro menu caters to the traditionals, with some classy pub grub, to more modern experimental tastes with their tapas and signature burger menu. The multi-complex hotel caters to all moods, with a restaurant, a bistro, a pizza bar and a unique licensed patisserie that is located at the rear within the cellars (offering a wine or coffee with your fresh croissant!).

Breakfast has been my favourite time to venture here, to avoid the city crowds coming up during the day and evening. One of the highlights of breakfast is the pancake station that allows you to indulge in unlimited pancakes for $7.90, but get in early to avoid queuing up. My children love this and it is their usual breakfast choice when we come here. Recently I was here with them and we sat outside along the bench with the beautiful view of the main street all greened up on a sunny Saturday morning. I ordered the avocado and haloumi on sourdough dressed with dukkah and vincotto that gave it a lovely texture, it was delicious. For families, the deck area is ideal as it faces a lovely garden and lawn area where kids can run off their energy whilst waiting for their meals to arrive (yet remaining in full sight). I’m yet to experience the bar at night however I have taken note of their interesting cocktail menu, and inviting Sunday sessions on the deck (during my evening walks around town).

Visiting Stirling in Spring also offers the opportunity the wander around town which is right now in full bloom. The magnificent oak and druids provide lush green canopies and colourful bursts of floral hues are on display all throughout the town. A walk down the lovely leafy archway on Druid Avenue is definitely a must this time of year.

The Stirling Hotel is a great spot to mark on the “To Do List” this Spring and a great idea for those who wish to impress visitors or a new date. You can find it at: 52 Mount Barker Road, Stirling.

Hope you have a lovely day,

Jacqueline

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Our New Life in Stirling

Hello,

After much anticipation and planning, we have finally made it across from Perth to our new home in the beautiful town of Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills. We have been living here for nearly two weeks and our experience so far has been nothing short of magical.

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The absolute abundance of nature everywhere is so breathtaking! Everywhere you look the sky is filled with layers of various types of pine trees, luscious green ivy wrapping itself around anything in its path, beautiful bursts of remaining red Maple leaves, and the prettiest soft petals of pink and red Camelia’s sparkling with raindrops. While some trees including Elm and Oak are bare in the current winter season, their trunks are covered in the greenest moss and fit in beautifully with the evergreen trees.

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Growing up, I was always surrounded by gum trees so the experience of seeing bare trees is quite lovely as an Australian. Also quite distinct for Stirling, are the never ending Agapanthus plants lined up right onto the boundary of streets and roads. I cannot wait to see them flowering their beautiful blue blooms in Summer.

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Adelaidians who make the annual Autumn pilgrimage to Stirling and Hahndorf, would be really impressed by the sensory wonderland Winter has to offer here in Stirling. Taking the scenic route off of the main street is certainly worth it. I have made it a habit to take the longest way back home down some enchanting residential streets, after an errand or school drop off (even getting lost with low fuel this week! 😂).

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Our garden has been so exciting to explore. Our children especially love navigating around the rugged pine forest below our house, and the winding path towards the gardening beds at the top of our property. There is frequent drizzle of rain here, and while we have been lucky so far to escape the heavy showers (usually occurring in the evening), we have been surprised by how much time our children are spending in the garden. Some days, afterschool, they play outside until sunset and happily rug up and explore in their gumboots with their umbrella in hand!

Walking around our garden, my lungs are constantly filled with such lovely crisp fresh air with the occasional waft of comforting wood fires escaping chimneys that surround us. Gentle sounds of birds singing, rain water trickling into our creek, with bursts of majestic kookaburra calls; often draw me to pause and take in all that surrounds me.

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At the bottom of our property we have a winding creek that also runs through our neighbours’ properties, and it’s quite full at the moment after the recent rain. The cascading trees on the creek’s bank reminds me of that scene from one of my favourite movies “The hundred foot journey” where the two chefs form their friendship and love over their picnic by the river bank.

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Mark and I have enjoyed making countless plans for garden projects that we can’t wait to get stuck into and share with you here. For now, it’s been so wonderful just to enjoy and explore our new home amongst the great unpacking task we are yet to complete! Stay tuned for some more of our adventures in the coming weeks.

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Have a lovely weekend,

Jacqueline