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 local live music industry, particularly after having been awarded Hall of Fame status at the Australian Hospitality Awards (WA) for Best Entertainment Venue three years running (2013-15). We book over 250 live gigs every year from local favourites such as the Ten Cent Shooters and Michelle Spriggs, to national artists such as Peter Garrett, Birds of Tokyo and San Cisco. Every week we encourage local talent in our live acoustic open mic night sessions. Every Sunday afternoon, our Margie's original Sunday sessions set outdoors on our sunny verandah overlooking the mainstreet will allow you to watch the world go by while groovin' away the day.

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 and 2016. Executive Chef, Rob Boorman 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, so ask our highly trained staff to assist you when dining in our rustic bistro area.

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', the Settlers Tavern 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. Plus, the Tav is always working towards lessening our carbon footprint and responsibly leading the way on being a environmentally friendly venue.

FACILITIES - Wi-fi is available and free in our restaurant for customers. We are family friendly and provide baby high chairs for young children. Our al fresco dining terrace is ideal for parents with children in prams, and our bistro ladies bathroom has baby 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 car-park.

CLOSED - We are open 363 days a year, being closed only 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 14 years of its rich history. Knowing when they landed in town, something that 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 has been awarded WA's Best Regional Hospitality Venue, Best Regional Pub Dining, and Best Live Music Venue, at various times in its recent history. 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.