3AW - Fairfax Radio Network

What we're talking about

  • Jack Chang on Ballcourt Hotel Has this hotel changed hand recently, freehold and business or just business? They had an auction sometime last year but no ... more
  • Graham on Manhattan Hotel, Ringwood You are totally right Tony. Pubs in the burbs have focussed too much on bright lights, brass & silver fittings, poker ... more
  • Janet Willson on Mount Macedon Hotel Thanks for your great sharing of Mount Macedon Hotel. I like this. more
  • brighton pub on Grosvenor Hotel I will definitely visit this pub atleast once as its a rare pub beacon in the southern suburbs. more
  • Sav on Glenferrie Hotel Hi we have never been to your pub however we are wanting to have a family Easter lunch for approximately 20 people ??One ... more
  • kathy Mcintyre-Davidson on Review: Millers Inn Love the Millers ! Have been away from Melbourne for 20 years and that place still serves the best t-bone steak!! more
  • Kelley on New release movie reviews - November 8 Grant is portrayed as a saint, which is misleading and manipulative. The message this film sends to the black community is ... more
  • kg on New release movie reviews - November 8 I disagree with the review on Fruitvale. Oscar's flaws were obvious and uncomfortable. The manager who denies him his job ... more
  • Heath on REVIEW: Union Hotel Yes. In the union at the moment. Love this place. Not surprised to learn its owned by the same people as the standard. ... more
  • peter michelsz on Ballcourt Hotel can anyone tell me what last weeks pub of the week was 26-7-2013 more
  • Vera on Plough Hotel We enjoyed a lunch at this hotel last weekend, the place was packed (a good sign).Fourteen of us had lovely meals which ... more
  • Bill on Pub of the Week 2013: The search ... Hello Tony,Recently I had the nicest surprise I have ever endured I attended a private function at the Spotswood Hotel well ... more
  • Jeff on Pub of the Week 2013: The search ... Tony, The popular Zorka and Volbi are back at The Orrong Hotel - 709 High st Armadale (they sold North Fitzroy Arms)! Yes, ... more
  • Shane W on Pine Grove Hotel How long have these 2 pubs been on the website? more
  • Bill Graham on Pub of the Week 2013: The search ... You really MUST try The Snug Public House, 68 Sydney Road, Brunswick.... Kim and Michael are building one hell of an eating ... more
  • tony on Lord Newry Hotel we do sunday lunch and i must say the rose hotel was one of the best keep it up more
  • Shane W on Prahran Hotel How come this page hasn't been updated for weeks? Looking forward to more reviews. more
  • IAN on Pub of the Week 2013: The search ... Tony ???Still none in the Pakenham-Dandenong- Cranbourne- Rowville.??area To far for the "MAN" who travels by Train. more
  • michele on Woodlands Hotel Absolutly fabulous pub went there wednesday for a curryand a pot/cider for $15 food great service excellent and decore ... more

Donnybrook Hotel

Posted by: Tony Leonard | 2 March, 2012 - 4:46 PM

Pub:                       Donnybrook Hotel
Where:                 Donnybrook Rd., Donnybrook
Phone:                 9745 2380
Date:                     24 February 2012
Score:                   12.5/20
Internet:              www.donnypub.com


If you like your meals big, and I mean big, read on.

If you like an intangible like “country hospitality”, then stay with me, because I have one for you.

And finally, if you like the idea of a Sunday drive, for a sunday roast in a pub, and get change from a tenner, then I have your go to guy.

Welcome readers to the Donnybrook hotel, a generous, good old fashioned country pub, 40kms from town up the Hume hwy, which for the moment is still pretty rural, but the expanses of Cragieburn loom large in the foreground.

Love an owner/operator pub, and here the current guvnors have carved out a niche amongst locals near and far as a place for good, honest, big feed.

No Tab, No pokies, Big beer garden/play area for the kids, be assured places like the Donnybrook are the last of the mohicans.

And best of all, they are doing well.


Entrees:               $10
Mains:                  $22
Desserts:             $5
Wine:                    $23


Ok, the pub won’t appear in the Age Good food guide.  But there is a charm to the Donnybrook and, on entering, you feel the love.  Beer was terrific and the offer of a pot with/without a handle is cause for debate amongst seasoned drinkers.  (no handle for me ftr). 

The dining room is split into 3 rooms – white, green and red.  There is no unanimity with the fixtures and fitting and we were seated in “red’ room with its red moulded plastic chairs.

The menu covers the popular bases and in keeping with the pub’s reputation, I was startled at the amount of food on the plate.  The most jaw dropping was the kids “snags, chips and gravy”.  Never before have I seen snags the size of those (2 for $8.50) with the supporting cast equally monstrous.

The 700g porterhouse is $28, 600g T-Bone is $30, 500g rib eye is $29. What secret ingredients are the cattle on out there?

No wine list as such, just pick one from the rack and it will cost between $20-26.

It’s that sort of place.


- Eye fillet, 250g, with vegetables - $28.  Asked for rare and that’s how it came. Meat was good, not great to be honest, but the vegtables – 3 potatoes, 3 pumpkins, Cauliflower, Beans, Carrots.  Just looking at it almost caused me to lose my appetite, (but didn’t)

- Tempura Flathead tails, salad and chips - $20.  5 long fingers, tasty and cooked hot.  Good.  Salad, plentiful; chips massive serve.  Well what else would you expect!

- Hide and Seek Shiraz (Nagambie).  $26.  Young (2010) but not a bad drop.  Good to see they are supporting the locals.


My wife ordered the steak rare.  The waitress innocently,  said..”we don’t get too many woman ordering rare in here”. God bless her

You cannot help but peer at what the other tables are having. The pork chops at $18 amounted to two prehistoric pigs being served up;  the kids ice cream at $4, with either a frog or topping had at least 3 scoops, maybe 4.

Before anyone turns the noses up, here’s the rub.  I asked how busy the pub gets.  ‘Oh we’re quiet today and only doing about 90 covers.  Last night it was 130 and last week we did about 180 on the Sunday’ , I was told

These are numbers any small owner/operator pub would kill for.  Good luck to the Donny; I had an experience I won’t forget.

Blog comments Your Say

Post a comment * Mandatory fields