Bendigo has raised the bar on pub grub.

Think local dry-aged steaks and free-range pork, locally-grown micro herbs and a host of other regional produce. Yes, the chicken parma has some stiff competition on the menu. Not that we’re adverse to the classics. In fact, a roast of the day is sometimes just the ticket to pair with a local wine. Or a pot of craft beer, brewed in Bendigo.

Most of Bendigo’s pups are historic venues that have served their neighbourhoods for decades. In some cases, up to 150 years. The walls may not be able to talk, but the bar tenders do, and the punters. Visit any one of the region’s establishments to wine, dine and drink like the locals do.