The Tavern

About The Tavern

Settlers Tavern, affectionately known by locals as 'The Tav' is the place people go for a quintessential dose of friendly West Australian hospitality. The atmosphere embodies the true spirit of Margaret River.

Music & Events


The Menu

Local Ale



ICONIC MUSIC VENUE - Settlers Tavern is a 'must play' live music venue in Australia and is iconic in the live music industry. As Best Entertainment Venue we book over 250 live gigs every year from local to international artists. Every week we encourage local talent in our live acoustic open mic night sessions. Every Sunday afternoon, our Sunday sessions are accompanied by live local artists, outdoors on our sunny verandah overlooking the mainstreet. From here you can watch the world go by.

 BEST WINE LIST Sit, sip and enjoy wine by the glass or half bottle in our friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. Who knows, you may be sitting next to Australia's best wine makers at the bar!

FAMILY, VEGETARIAN, VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE MENU - WA's Best Regional Casual Pub Dining 2015. Executive Chef, Rick Houston orders in fresh local and quality produce for his menu. Spoilt for choice diners select from our extensive menu ranging from well-cooked comfort food to some of the most authentic international dishes. Our Gluten Free Menu, Vegan meal options, Kids meals means "we've got you covered" and ask our highly trained staff can assist with giving feedback on the menu.

KEEPING IT LOCAL - Get a taste of Margaret River On Tap with our very own locally brewed hand crafted Margaret River Ale Company ales, available exclusively to The Tav.

COMMUNITY - Passionate about 'community' Settlers supports local musicians, charities and events through the use of our venue, prize procurement, promotion and marketing of event fund raisers, and community messages. As a Margaret River hub historical relationships exist for community services activities and sporting tournaments much like our annual sponsorship of the Margaret River Board Riders Surf Pro.

OUR APPROACH TO BEING GREEN- We believe we can make a difference one straw at a time using bio-degradable and compostable straws, water cups and take-away coffee cups. We use 100% recycled paper for menus and bathroom paper and towels. We use bio-degradable garbage bags and we recycle cardboard and glass bottles into hired recycle bins. We re-use (up-cycle) wine bottles for the filtered Margaret River water we serve in the restaurant and water saving is always a priority.

FACILITIES - Wi-fi is available and free in our restaurant for customers. Wi-fi codes can be requested from our bar or waitressing staff when purchasing meals or drinks. We are family friendly and provide baby high chairs for young children. Our back outdoor terrace is ideal for parents with children in prams and our ladies bathroom has change table facilities. As a licensed venue we request that children remain seated and are accompanied by parents or guardians to bathrooms or when ordering meals or drinks. Outdoor car parking is made easy and is free with mainstreet parking an option or the adjoining IGA shopping complex carpark.

CLOSED - We are open 363 day a year however like everyone else all our staff enjoy Good Friday & Christmas Day with their families. We are closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. On public holidays across the year our restaurant charges a 15% surcharge on our restaurant bill in line with the Australian hospitality industry.


The Tav was built as a haven for Margs emerging surf culture of the 1970's. Local legends now rub elbows with a widely eclectic mix of world-class winemakers, winery crew, locals and their families and travellers from every continent.

Rob and Karen Gough have owned and run the Settlers Tavern for the past 10 years of its rich history. Knowing when they landed in town what TripAdvisor travellers voted in 2013, that Margaret River is in the top 10 destinations around the world. Together they have poured their passions for food, wine and music into what is now awarded WA's Best Live Music Venue. Offering great hospitality and a family friendly atmosphere that is welcoming to locals and visitors alike whether its for its front sporting bar, the premium wines, beers On Tap or an all day menu to boot.