Criterion Hotel

Pub Food in Sale

It's pubs like this that make travelling in country Victoria so great. Built in 1865, the Criterion was restored in 2013 and is one of Sale's best spots for a meal. Here they keep things local, with dishes such as pale-ale-battered Lakes Entrance shark and the signature parma with Maffra cheese, doubled-smoked Gippsland ham and beer-battered chips.

It's a good spot for a drink, too, with $2 pots and wine during happy hour (5pm to 6pm) on Friday and Saturday, and live music at weekends. The rooms here are also recommended.