Craig's Royal Hotel

Craig's Royal Hotel

10 Lydiard St S, Ballarat East VIC 3350, Australia

Visit Craig's Royal Hotel in Ballarat East, Victoria. This venue has an average rating of 4.3 out of 664 reviews, with the latest ratings ranging from 1 to 5. It appears there are mixed reviews for the Craig's Royal Hotel.

Opening hours

Monday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Tuesday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Wednesday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Thursday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Friday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Saturday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Sunday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
This venue has a Gaming Room

Opening hours

Monday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Tuesday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Wednesday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Thursday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Friday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Saturday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM
Sunday: 07:00 AM - 03:00 AM

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Latest reviews

Janette Shell
Our room was small but perfectly formed. Nice and quiet and enjoyed a nice sleep on a comfy mattress. However our dinner in the atrium bar and breakfast were incredibly underwhelming. Food was really average and super overpriced - could have had the same for half the price at the local RSL. Our breakfast took close to an hour for simple eggs and bacon and came out cold. I think staff shortages are really effecting the business but there's also clearly some systemic issues that management could address to make the staff's lives easier
Holly Matthews
Beautiful historic hotel, and the food is amazing. However, I believe they are currently short staffed and so service has taken a dip. Not the hotel's fault of course, but hope they can staff up soon and bring the place back to its full glory!
teresa lin
Stayed for two nights, whilst the staff was lovely both the food and rooms leaves much to be desired. For the price the menu items were priced at, the taste were certainly not matched. The buffalo wings were oddly sour for hot wings. For mains we had beef ragout and the 1/2 roast chicken. Whilst the latter was not bad albeit overcooked and dry, the beef ragout a dish featuring a thick sauce was bland and had a watery and thin sauce. The pasta was bland and had zero flavour.

Additionally, when asked for a cocktail there were brown and black particles floating around in the drink, along with small chunks of ice that wasn't meant to be there in a cocktail designed to be double strained.

The hotel breakfast was also disappointing with soggy toast, bland omelettes and tasteless eggs. For a semi full restaurant only two water jugs were available and was shared amongst all patrons. Something that doesn't seem entirely sanitary or hygienic considering the current pandemic situation.

For the price the food items were at, both the taste and quality of the food leaves much to be desired.
Kristen McCumber
Went to the atrium bar for dinner and was extremely dissapointed. Had the Croquettes and Fried Cauliflower for entree which were both fantastic however the mains were below average. The slow cooked lamb was extremely dry and overcooked which wasn't complimented well by the dry barley 'salad'. The duck in the fettucine pasta dish was tasty but also dry and the sauce was entirely oil.
Service was okay however didn't make up for the bad food. Will not return
James Childs
Great old worlde atmosphere. Knowledgable and courteous staff. Best Martinis in Ballarat
Angela McRae
The foyer appears very grand on entry.
I was looking forward to a really nice experience.'

The restaurant was another matter- there is no table service, we had to leave our table to order at a counter, or get drinks at the bar ( I left my meal to refresh my drink) and pay for each item as we ordered. Dessert or tea/coffee was not suggested, or menus returned to our table. We were not asked how our meals were when table cleared.
The Pork belly was dry and stringy, Gf pasta overcooked and mussel shells empty with 1 prawn.
Bad service. Bad food. Bad experience.
Will not go back.
Eddie Vaughan
We were very happy with our two-night stay at Ballarat's historic Craig's Royal Hotel. The staff were polite, professional, and helpful, and the room was reasonably priced and comfortable. The heritage decoration and details were exemplary, and the breakfasts, included in the tariff, were excellent. We felt, nevertheless, that the hotel's reputation as 'an icon of the Victorian period' and the choice of prime ministers and princes has been put at risk by the inclusion of a Gaming Room that looks no different from the type you would find in an ordinary suburban club or pub. It was no doubt added as a financial necessity, and perhaps an acknowledgment that times and tastes have changed, but poker machines do not sit comfortably with the published history and image of Craig's Royal Hotel as a place that has catered for discerning customers. This is not a snobbish reaction, but rather an observation about the confusion one glimpses about Craig's present
place in the market.
Michael Koswig
I was last here in January 2021 and the food and service were exceptional. I gave a five star rating then. So disappointed to return here in May 2021 and the new owners have installed the same ordering system as their other 'pubs'. You order your food and drinks at the bar. Really? This is Craig's Royal Hotel and one should expect table service. A word of advice to the new owners; don't use the same business model as your other pubs. People come here because of the fine dining reputation. People will now stay away for the new reputation you'll earn. An overpriced RSL.
Denis Duri
We only attended to have dinner and the service and staff are polite. Our childs order came out first as requested and it was quite a nice serving size. It was the fish and chips. My wife and i had the porter house medium rare with pepper sauce. The steak was cooked as ordered and the portion size was very reasonable. The chips were cooked to be very crunchy as we like them. The only item was the steak was a little too fatty / grisly for my wife but she enjoyed it none the less. It is a little pricey so if cost is a concern this may not be for you. Overall it was very enjoyable and we would recommend dinning their to our friends and family.
Jodie van Schie
Was excited about a night out and had enjoyed the great service and food at Craig's before but was disappointed this time. New owners have decided no table service so we had to go and order our food and go to the bar for drinks. We missed this part of the Craig's experience and felt like it wasn't that extra bit special anymore. The food itself was nice but nothing out of the ordinary but with a premium price. We had lamb with a mash which reminded us of the Deb instant mash you buy at Cole's Staff were great but we noticed one wait staff served.a table their food while ours just left it there for us too do. We wont hurry back.
Jenny Eales
Amazing. Glorious example of Australian architecture. Definitely a 5 star experience. Dinner was stand out sensational. Slept like a baby. Room decor was luxurious and true to the era of the building. To all who appreciate the work of William Morris, this hotel is a feast for the senses. Love love loved it.
John & Sheena Austin
STOP! Don't search any further if you're after special experience.For most that want to play tourist in Ballarat, perhaps like us, you're after 'heritage'. Craig's Royal Hotel delivers in spades. Stunning period decor, and great service from every team member we encountered ... without them wanting to be our best friends ;) And Housekeeping? A++++ Immaculate be it room or common areas, even our engagement with you in the corridors.Wanting to treat ourselves after a significant wedding anniversary spent in lock down last year, we opted for a package that offered accommodation in a Superior Balcony room including a two course evening meal + a bottle from a selected wine list up to a certain $ value, and a fully cooked breakfast (continental also available if you have a smaller appetite than us :) Yes, you get to choose from the full normal evening & breakfast menus, not a budget controlled 'special' menu.Management, please ensure you congratulate your team and congratulations on you, well, wonderful management.Thanks... Happy campers!

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