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WA's Best Steak Sandwich; Slow-cooked beef brisket on toasted bread, bacon jam, smoked tomato chutney, rocket, aioli wth chips, pickles. Finalist '22.

About Settlers Tavern

Built as a haven for Margaret River’s emerging surf culture in the 1970s, The Settlers Tavern on Bussell Highway is always evolving to ensure all locals and visitors feel right at home. With a panoramic tree-lined view visible in all directions and framed posters of famous shows and surf events lining the original brick walls, this watering hole welcomes everyone for an ice-cold brew and bite to eat. Don’t go past chilli mussels in white wine tomato broth, chilli, garlic, parsley and sourdough toast to start; moving onto mains such as perfectly cooked Scotch fillet, with garlic herb butter, red wine jus, salad greens and chips. Pasta lovers opt for spaghetti with prawns, calamari, fish, mussels, cherry tomatoes, garlic, fresh chilli and olive oil; finish with chocolate and almond brownie.

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A few words from Settlers Tavern

Settlers Tavern, affectionately known as ‘Settlers' or ‘The Tav' by locals, has been a cornerstone of Margaret River's vibrant culture since the 1970s. Initially built as a haven for the emerging surf culture of the area, it has evolved into a gathering place for a diverse mix of individuals, including local legends, world-class winemakers, winery crews, families, and travellers from around the globe.

Location: 114 Bussell Highway, Margaret River (in the heart of Margaret River, on the main street, adjacent to the IGA supermarket)

For the past 20 years, Rob and Karen Gough have been the heart and soul of Settlers Tavern. Recognising the special allure of Margaret River, they have infused their passion for food, wine, and music into every aspect of the tavern. With a focus on family-friendly hospitality, Settlers offers a premium wine list boasting over 600 wines, 16 beers on tap, and a diverse menu crafted from fresh, local ingredients, ensuring there's something to delight every palate.

Settlers Tavern isn't just about great food and drinks; it's also a vibrant hub of entertainment. The tavern hosts live music performances from local and touring artists several nights a week, featuring a variety of genres from rock and blues to folk and jazz. This live music tradition has become a beloved part of Margaret River's nightlife, drawing crowds of locals and visitors alike. Additionally, Settlers often hosts special events, including comedy nights, themed parties, and cultural celebrations, ensuring there's always something exciting happening at the tavern.

Settlers Tavern has earned numerous accolades, including:
Australia's Best Country Restaurant Wine List '23
Australian Hotels Association Best Regional Casual Pub Dining '23
Hall of Fame Qantas Wine List of the Year Awards '09 - '23
Gourmet Traveller's Best Australian Pub Restaurant Wine List
Gold Star Winner Sustainable Wine List '22
AHA Hall of Fame Best Australian Entertainment Venue
Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year
Accredited Tourism Business & Tourism Excellence Award

The menu at Settlers Tavern is a culinary journey around the globe, featuring pub favourites alongside internationally influenced dishes such as Baja-style fish tacos, American style BBQ and authentic Indian curry. Close attention is given to sourcing sustainable, organic, and local produce wherever possible, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

The legendary wine list at Settlers Tavern boasts over 600 bottle selections and 30 wines by-the-glass sourced from Australia and around the world. With a strong representation of Margaret River's most exciting wines, the tavern has been recognised for its outstanding wine program. Beer enthusiasts will also find plenty to love with 16 taps pouring local and international beers & ciders, including brew from house-made Margaret River Ale Company, along with a curated selection of over 50 bottled beers from microbreweries worldwide.

Settlers Tavern invites you to experience the best of Margaret River's food, wine, music, and community spirit. Whether you're a local looking for a familiar haunt or a traveler seeking an authentic taste of the region, Settlers promises a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience.

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Specials & Events

WA's Best Steak Sandwich
Fri 24 May
Sunday 23 June, 3pm

Location & Map

114 Bussell Highway, Margaret River 6285 WA - See Map

Opening Hours

Mon  11:30:AM - 10:00:PM
Tue  11:30:AM - 10:00:PM
Wed  11:30:AM - 10:00:PM
Thu  11:30:AM - 10:00:PM
Fri  11:30:AM - 12:00:AM
Sat  11:00:AM - 12:00:AM
Sun  11:00:AM - 10:00:PM

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