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.
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 more than 80 years the De Bortoli family tradition of sharing good wine, good food and good times with family and friends remains unchanged