Reservations are Recommended for Lunch and Dinner
Welcome to Pleasant Dining
The Empire Salons are the Inn’s venue for satisfying and rewarding dining. They are a place to escape from the rushed, noisy and too familiar world of today, to a warm reflection of an era contrary to all that.
The salons are comprised of the Empire Hall and three private dining parlours – the Carrington, the Éirinn, and the Renoir. For more than a century these rooms have served as the core of the building’s living, social, and commercial spaces where people came together.
The Venue: The decor of the Empire Salons interprets the aspirational orientation of the Victorian middle-classes around the time the inn was built. It incorporates many aspects of the times including textured walls, heavy drapery, faux marble mantles, electric light and phonograph.
Its use of deep maroon, white, creams, and gold colours give the Empire Hall notes of Regal respect, while the strong colours and ceiling treatments of the other rooms express strong individual aspirations. There are five working fireplaces in the Empire Salons.
The spaces are essentially gender neutral, acknowledging the egalitarian orientation of Australian society. Its sculptured ceilings lifting out and above the rooms, symbolises the higher aspirations of Australian ambition. The Empire Salons’ décor does not attempt to represent life in the town at 1885, but rather an experience of the aspirational possibilities of the time.
Tables can be set in two styles, depending on the menu being served. For the restaurant’s gastro-tavern menu, table settings are placed on polished wood table tops, with linen napkin, place-mats and silver cutlery. For special occasions, such as when a dinner host arranges for a 5-Star degestation menu, tables are set with full linen and premium tableware.
The Food and Service: The Empire Salons is a fresh wholefood establishment that uses local produce when available.
The menu draws its inspiration from the melting pot of culinary cultures that was colonial Australia – English, Irish, Indigenous, American, and Asian – but blends them with unique interpretations for the 21st Century palate. The result is distinctively modern Australian – distinctively Carrington Inn – Bungendore. Food is prepared on-site with fresh and whole ingredients.
Dinner and lunchtime dining in the Empire Salons offers a creative á la carte menu. Guests can select and enjoy entrées, mains, and desserts in the comfort and heritage of the Empire Hall. Our service is not rushed and gives you time to converse, drink, and digest one course before you are served the next one. We would like you to allow yourself at least 60 to 90 minutes to enjoy your meal with us.
Hosts of dinner parties with 10 or more guests, can reserve a private dining parlour when available. On those occasions, guests can either order from the á la carte menu or, prior to the dinner, the host can arrange for an aspirational 5-star degustation fine dining menu served on fine tableware and linen.
Live music is generally performed Sunday afternoons in the tavern courtyard, just as the Gallagher Family did a century ago.
Empire Salons Menu
Salon Dining Service Times
Lunch Service: Thurs – Sun: Noon – 2:30p
Dinner Service: Wed – Sat: 6:00p – 9:00p+
(NB: Times noted are for taking food orders, not closing times.)
Tavern Opening Times
Wed – Thurs: 11:30a – 9:30p
Fri – Sat: 11:30a – 11:30p
Sun: 11:30a – 8:00p
Menus Selections Change Seasonally.
Prices include GST.
Surcharge may apply to Sundays and Public Holidays
The Carrington Inn avoids GMO Ingredients whenever possible.