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“Curry in the snow”

Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We had managed to get out to the highway from Pumphouse Point on our way to Bicheno but a local had just made it up the mountain and warned us that "there's no way you're getting down in that unless the plough comes through". By "that", he meant our Camry hire car. Also, apparently, another big dump of snow was expected. So, in the hope that the plough would, in fact, come through, we got off the road and fanged the car into the hotel driveway until the snow stopped us and we had to abandon it.
The pub had a Closed sign on the door but the owner welcomed us in when we explained our predicament. He led us to the fire, organised drinks and offerred lunch if we wanted it. This was at about 11.30am. A little later, we were joined by Ima, the chef, to talk about lunch (and a broad range of other topics) and he confirmed that the snow plough would come through later. His description of his curries led us to choose a Sri Lankan chicken curry which turned out to be great. While we were sitting by the fire, one of the other chefs set up a table for us and brought over a heater to supplement the fire (it's a very big room to heat). We'd been finished our lunch for a few minutes when the call came through that the plough was coming so we managed to reverse the car out of the snowed-under driveway and white-knuckled our way down the mountain. The hotel was a totally unexpected delight in the middle of nowhere and we were very grateful for the warm welcome and great meal.

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Our decision to stop at The DBH was one of the highlights of our trip. The inside was lovely. The two massive fire places warmed us up and the family friendly bar/restaurant and pool tables were heaps of fun. The food was absolutely amazing and well worth it. We stayed here the night and the room was warm and cosy. It was perfect for our family of four. The staff were very friendly and happy to help us with our every need, with the chiefs even coming out to check how our meal was going. Our only regret is not trying the curry, which everyone was saying was delicious. Definitely recommend.

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

We were a bus load of 40 with a set lunch menu of Soup, Sandwiches and slices plus tea & Coffee.
We were made welcome and served immediately with lovely homemade soup, very fresh mixed sandwiches, hot small pies with carrot cake and other slices to follow washed down with a lovely hot coffee.
Snow outside but a lovely hot open fire inside.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Food is overpriced and cold $79 for 2 steaks.
Rude staff especially the old man.
Felt very unwelcome.

Thank Sonya M
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

We were on our way to Strahan when we came upon this hotel. We were getting hungry and could not find anything else opened near here so we stopped.
There is a log fire burning (very smokey on that day.... but had a giggle with the staff about it), very cosy and best of all friendly staff. We had steak sandwiches and hamburgers for lunch... and what an excellent lunch it was. Plenty of food on the plate and definetly value for money.
My only regret was not being able to go back and try the curry.

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