Empire Hotel

Pub in Ross

Nostalgia wafts from every brightly painted beam of the Empire Hotel. Since 1866, West Coasters have huddled inside the pub, amid yellowing photographs and dusty antiques, to spin yarns of yesteryear and swap gossip about whitebaiting locations. Breathe in the authenticity, along with a whiff of woodsmoke, over a pint and a bowl of chowder (mains $10 to $30).