Open Wednesday – Sunday
The TOM WILLS® Tavern and Tapas Courtyard is the Inn’s venue for relaxed and pleasurable socialising. It is a place for people to meet, celebrate, drink and eat. The name of the tavern is drawn from Thomas Wentworth Wills, 19th century cricket and rugby sporting icon and hailed as founder of Australian Rules Football. Tom was born in 1836 just up the road from the Inn near the property Foxlow, then owned by his uncle, American born soldier and settler, Henry Colden Antill. While Tom tragically passed away in 1880 before the Inn was built, his story is as rich with meaning for people of the 21st century as it was in the 19th century.
Thomas Wentworth Wills – c.1860
Restoration © 2016 TCI
The Venue: The TOM WILLS space is comprised of the cosy indoor tavern, sheltered outdoor courtyard, and the private Tom Wills Room. The tavern’s Mahogany Bar is from Bath England, where in 1830 the first drink crossed its counter. Since imported more than three decades ago to the Inn, it has been the location where people have come to celebrate great friendships, achievements, special occasions, and just let their hair down.
The decor of The TOM WILLS draws inspiration from the Victorian era of the building, and takes pleasure in incorporating late 19th century egalitarian innovations of textured walls, coffered ceilings and electric lighting.
Its use of deep blue, red and green tartan wall colours and pure copper ceiling, wraps the space around the visitor like a comfortable coat. Its uncurtained small pane glass windows, simple slate fireplace, and natural wooden floors are recognisable notes of colonial civilisation, arousing and innate sense of roots and arrival. It speaks of a time when the middle classes were ascending into the early 20th Century.
The Food & Beverages: The courtyard is open to the sky above and the Elm Park Garden to the west. There, guests share a sense of the original spaciousness of the yard.
The menu draws its inspiration from English and Irish tavern inn traditions, but interprets them in a gastropub style for the 21st Century guest. The result is distinctively modern Australian – distinctively Carrington Inn – Bungendore. All items are prepared fresh with wholefood ingredients.
The Tavern does not seek to duplicate what can be provided by other establishments. The Tavern’s specific food offerings are made to be shared. Its tapas-like treats make munching and drinking with friends fun, and strengthen personal bonds. Guests wishing to have a full meal in our tavern or outdoor courtyard are also welcome to order from the Wintergarden’s á la carte menu. 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 an hour or longer to enjoy your meal and drinks with us.
The TOM WILLS drink selection is a premium selection of draft beers, mid-to-top shelve spirits, and a wine selection of recognised estates and good character. The selection is aspirational and rewarding.
The Tavern’s heated veranda provides a dry and warm space to take in food, drink and fresh air for much of the year. Live music is generally performed Sunday afternoons in the courtyard, just as the Gallagher Family did a century ago.
The Tom Wills Tavern & Courtyard Menu
Wed – Thurs: 11:30a – 9:30p
Fri – Sat: 11:30a – 11:30p
Sun: 11:30a – 8:00p
Dining Service Times
Lunch Service: Wed – Sun: Noon – 2:30p
Dinner Service: Wed – Sat: 6:00p – 8:20p+
Sun: 6:00p – 8:00p+
(NB: Times noted are for taking food orders, not closing times.)
Menus Selections Change Seasonally.
Prices include GST.
Surcharge may apply to Sundays and Public Holidays
The Carrington Inn avoids GMO Ingredients whenever possible.