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Pretoria Hotel

A country pub that has it all.


Mannum is a quaint heritage town that lines the banks of the River Murray approximately an hour drive north of Adelaide. Renowned for its historic Murray Princess Paddleboat and the many houseboats that traverse the Murray carrying holidayers from town to town, Mannum is an otherwise unremarkable destination. Thank goodness for the Pretoria Hotel, which has been providing fortifying food and wine to travellers from far and wide since 1900.

Having river views, indoor and outdoor dining and function areas, a traditional front bar, a TAB, large screen lounge, 32 poker machines, Keno, Lotteries, a Sip'n Save bottle shop, amusements for children and a lounge bar with an open fire during winter, the Pretoria is a popular destination for lunch, dinner or just a drink, particularly for the aforementioned houseboating-holidayers who are able to moor their boats directly out front.

The menu covers all bases with seafood, salads, schnitzels, pastas, poultry and steaks on offer. Even the kids get a go with a dedicated children's selection. Being South Australia, naturally the Pretoria has a wide selection of wines from the nearby Barossa Valley or the Murraylands that can all be purchased by the glass or bottle. Being a country pub, naturally the Pretoria stocks the full gamut of beers, spirits and other common imbibing fluids loved by country folk. Live bands and a house DJ add to the flavour of some Saturday nights, but check the website for dates.

Brenton Geyer, May 2010

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