Flint Dining Room and Bar
A new dining room opened in the heritage listed former Acton Hotel. The old Acton Hotel was first occupied in May 1927 and was used to house public servants sent to Canberra but has recently been refurbished into a new boutique hotel.
Evening dining is in a large high ceiling room with original polished wooden floor. This gives the dining room good acoustics without the loud noise often found in smaller establishments. The large area does give a feeling of an old time dining room but without the atmosphere as individual tables are positioned along the walls. Long tables with cloths are positioned in the centre of the room behind the reception desk.
These long tables indicate that the restaurant is marketed more for ‘functions’ dining than for individual dining.
The menu is interesting with a number of dishes prepared using the wood fired oven and specially selected cuts of high grade pork and steak. There is also a wide selection of exotic fish dishes. The cheese selection, mainly French, looks very interesting and worth a later visit and also to try the wood fired pizza with their unusual toppings.
The dining room is not BYO, which is rare for Canberra. It appears to be targeting the functions and corporate expense card market.
For functions, yes, for pizza lunch, yes, for individual special occasions, perhaps