A perfect blend of classic pub charm with a peerless wine list.

If there’s such a thing as terroir for a pub, The Tav, as it’s affectionately known, embodies so much about Margaret River across its laid-back but well-ordered service, sports and public bar at the front and bistro in the back.

It’s an undisputed go-to for solid pub classics: think one of WA’s standout parmies, a no-nonsense burger that tips its hat to co-owner Rob Gough’s stateside upbringing, and benchmark line-caught, locally sourced reef and beef. The specials menu carries what’s in the smoker – brisket or lamb ribs, say – and complements Karen and Rob Gough’s commitment to provenance. But it’s the broad wine cellar that has put Settlers Tavern on the map nationally, with a wine list that kicks city heavy-hitters into touch.

It’s the broad wine cellar that has put Settlers Tavern on the map nationally, with a wine list that kicks city heavy-hitters into touch.

You may favour a glass of Leeuwin Estate’s flagship Art Series chardonnay poured by the glass under Coravin, one of many smaller local low-intervention makers in the region – Vino Volta or tripe.Iscariot, perhaps – or a dizzyingly extensive dive into New and Old World examples sourced with real knowledge and care.

A benchmark list, refreshingly free of any wine doublespeak, it’s the winemaker’s choice for a good time, and an essential pit-stop.