- The search begins...
- Yarra Hotel
- Harbour Town Hotel
- Bridge Hotel
- Clyde Hotel
- Tooborac Hotel
- The Fox Hotel
- Hotel Kew
- Mount Macedon Hotel
- Kelly's Motor Club Hotel
- Pub of the month - 2nd quarter
- Beveridge Tavern
- Epping Plaza Hotel
- Southern Cross Hotel
- Glenferrie Hotel
- Duke of Wellington Hotel
- Royal Mail Hotel
- The Cove Hotel
- Robert Burns Hotel
- Ballcourt Hotel
- Plough Hotel
- Bells Hotel
- Racecourse Hotel
- Pubs of the Month
- Royal Hotel
- Royal Melbourne Hotel
- The Morning Star Hotel
- Edinburgh Castle Hotel
- Pine Grove Hotel
- O'Connell's Hotel
- Rose Hotel
- Prahran Hotel
- Hotel Sorrento
- McKinnon Hotel
- Cosmopolitan Hotel
- Park Hotel
- De Bortoli Wines
PUB OF THE WEEK: Welcome back as my search for the 2013 Pub of the Week commences. This will be my 19th year doing these reviews & again are presented each Friday morning with Neil, with a written review turning up here (I promise!!) soon after.
What a fantastic pub. The double storey Yarra Hotel, a two toned old Victorian in Johnston St, east of Hoddle, has been brought to life with a simple, yet effective business that has stood the test of time when it come to pubs: Good old fashion hospitality.
Part of the redevelopment of the still-waiting-to-be-discovered Harbourtown, the eponymous hotel does a safe and steady line of food and beverage at the base of the when-will-it-finally-start Southern Star wheel.
Either side is a great mish mash of small individual bars, dining rooms or function areas to have a quiet or loud one, set over two floors. It feels gloriously claustrophobic, generating an air that if it is quiet now, something may happen soon.
Solid, traditional pub in the shadows of the Melbourne University (on the eastern side), the Clyde has long been a haunt for thirsty academics, students and members of various coloured university sporting teams. (Blues/Blacks).
Historic bluestone pub, situated 75 minutes from Melbourne, the Tooborac can truly be considered an “all things to all people” housing a craft brewery and accommodation as well as its day to day trade as a working pub.
Gorgeous, typical inner north old time boozer, the Fox Hotel in Collingwood continues the tradition of pubs of its type managing to captivate a 60s pub charm by providing a straightforward, comfortable level of hospitality with a modern take.
Situated on one of Melbournes more famous junctions, the Hotel Kew does a very neat line of good, honest pub hospitality with food and drink to match (prices also) and caters to a cross section of community who like a traditional offer...
Historic bluestone pub, situated in the township of the Kelly’s (Red and a young Ned), the Beveridge is a nice throwback to the “country” pub that finds itself trapped in a rural/outer suburban setting some 50kms from Melbourne.
Even though it has been operating for some years there is a newness to the pub and on a Thursday lunchtime, was full of workers of both coloured collars, pensioners and those just whiling away a bit of time.
This is a strange review as at time of writing the pub has closed (end august 2013) and is currently available for lease. However, for sake of completeness, a snapshot of this really cosy, neat, old world pub is in order.
Completely wonderful renovation of this landmark CBD hotel, the Duke has undergone the most magnificent transformation since operated by the much loved footballer/publican Brian Roberts until the mid noughties.
Set on the marina of Pattersons Lakes, the Cove is a large, sprawling pub in the South East that has grown with the area and once seemingly out of place in this urban, sort-of-near-the-bay-but-not-really-development, sits very nicely with its surrounds now.
The Plough has always had a chequered career in Footscray. At its height of popularity, the Plough did a roaring trade and established motel style accommodation upstairs which was constantly in demand for visitors to Melbourne.
I felt on my first visit in years that I had returned to this much loved pub with an offer that didn’t stray too much from the original, best summarised as a good place to meet, have a beer, or grab a quiet corner if that what you want.
RACECOURSE HOTEL: This long standing old pub, close to the Caulfield Racetrack and a Monash Uni campus, is a curious beast given its physical location in a triangle of Dandenong, Burke and Waverley rds, and to me, marks the last of the “small pubs” before we move to barn territory going South/South East into the ‘burbs.
Royal Melbourne Hotel: Formerly operating as City West for the Victoria Police, the Royal Melbourne Hotel is a massive, cavernous brick and bluestone establishment, resembling more church than hotel, that has operated as pub and nightclub for over two decades.
EUREKA: Returning to its original life as a Richmond pub, the Eureka has recently reopened under the guidance of Pat Reardon Jnr., son of one of Melbourne’s best operators when it comes to good old fashioned pubs without the bells and whistles.
This version of the Pine Grove was re-built after the devastating fires of 1983, operating for nearly 100 years before that. For those unfamiliar with the area, it is very much against the run of play that you may expect to see in this burgeoning part of suburban Melbourne.
As foreshadowed in last week's review (Rose Hotel, 5/4) this is a revisit in under 3 years to a pub which I hold as one the most consistently high achievers I have found in talking about pubs in Melbourne for nearly 20 years.
After a long absence, I revisited the Prahran Hotel and much to my astonishment, all that I enjoyed about this pub previously was intact and if possible, even more lovingly treasured by the current custodians.
The Sorrento is a majestic multi story limestone pub on the Mornington Peninsula, which in spite of its old world looks, operates as a straight up and down pub that has a number of tricks to it that all work.
Built after a total re-gutting of the old (Tudor Inn), the Park Hotel has bravely taken a path to be genuinely different to not only all of the pubs/clubs of outer suburban Werribee, but the majority of those in the western suburbs
The exterior is grey/black with a terracotta roof: the color scheme looks good. The front bar is oblong, and invites you to not only sit and have one, but can carry on a conversation with those sitting opposite.
The De Bortoli family is committed to making distinctive wines from their Yarra Valley and King Valley vineyards in Victoria and from their vineyards in New South Wales; wines with true varietal and regional expression - wines with a sense of place. For over 80 years the De Bortoli tradition of sharing good wine, good food and good times with family and friends remains unchanged