Established in 1876, the Portsea Hotel has long been a popular tourist destination on the Mornington Peninsula. With an enviable location on the edge of Port Phillip Bay, the Tudor-style property is described as the most picturesque hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. It is hard to argue otherwise.

Hospitality owner Chris Morris, of Colonial Leisure Group, recently injected $7 million into the hotel, giving the Portsea icon a new lease of life.

The renovations extend far beyond a simple cosmetic upgrade and a lick of paint, with every space in the venue ultilised and designed to create a true destination ‘mecca’ for families, couples, holiday makers and local residents.

The beer garden is the jewel in the hotel’s crown, with timber tables, nautical blue and white umbrellas and a rolling lawn literally stretching to the water’s edge. The setting provides a chic location to settle in for a long lunch, afternoon session or dinner overlooking the sparkling water of Port Phillip Bay.

The Longshore Room is a stylish haven during the cooler months or if a quiet corner is preferred. The handsome dining space features leather banquettes, wicker chairs, sophisticated lighting, artwork, potted greenery and opens to a tiled alfresco area through French doors.      

A drink in the Bertand Bar is a highlight. Positioned on the second floor of the hotel and offering uninterrupted views of Port Phillip Bay, the breathtaking bar, which has a ‘Hamptons’ feel, is also available for private functions. If a more intimate gathering is planned, a private dining room or terrace are available.

The Mornington Peninsula’s renowned fresh produce is celebrated at the hotel, with a menu that includes a selection of fresh seafood, premium cut meats, seasonal dishes and pub classics like burgers. Fish and chips are ordered and served from the ‘Fish Hut’.

Authentic woodfire pizzas and salumi are the domain of ‘Fatto Da Mamma’ (translated as ‘Made By Mum’). The separate and open kitchen, with its two impressive neopolitan style pizza ovens, is in hot demand for dine-in pizzas and is also producing a take-away option.   

To quench your thirst, the hotel offers twelve beers, as well as spirits and cocktails including the Portsea Whiskey Sour and the Bass and Flinders Limoncello Spritz. The well curated Australian and international wine list includes an extensive selection of both established and lesser-known Mornington Peninsula wines – Montalto, Polperro, Paradigm Hill, Quealy and Garagiste to name a few.

If an overnight stay is on the agenda, the upstairs hotel rooms and suites echo the fresh interior design found downstairs, combining whitewashed timber cladding and a European nautical colour palette and style.

The Portsea Hotel will quickly make you feel like you are on holidays and is the perfect base to explore the Mornington Peninsula’s rugged coastline, the calm beaches of Port Phillip Bay, world class golf courses, wineries, restaurants, hot springs and shopping boutiques.

The Portsea Hotel is open Thursday – Monday from 11.30am until midnight. Dining reservations for the Longshore Room can be made at or (03) 59 84 2213

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