Pub Of The Week review: Westernport Hotel
THE PUB: The Westernport Hotel.
WHERE: 161 Marine Parade, San Remo.
PHONE: 5678 5205
WHEN? February 12, 2016.
Wonderful faded white exterior, big brick pub overlooking the bridge to Phillip Island, The Westernport is a big, loud friendly pub, with a beer front patio, complete with fake grass and a little rough around the edges (in a good way).
The pub has one of the most aesthetically pleasing views in Australia and appeals to a younger demographic (but not exclusively) that hosts live music as well.
In a first that I have encountered, the pub completes the image with a table tennis table in the bar. Big supporter of live music weekly.
No frills pub favourites with some specials dotted in on a blackboard.
Kitchen is exposed to the neat but basic dining room (with that view). Order at register and it’s brought to you.
Pub bets on its parma to do the trick. Average Prices; Entrees $12, mains $24. Burgers (beef brisket and slaw) $22.
Moroccan Chicken skewers 3 for $14. Small but tasty.
Good use of spices, moist chicken, maybe one more for the value but a good start.
Comes with Rocket leaves and a good housemade mango yoghurt.
Classic Parma. Ham, Cheese, Napoli Chips (commercial)/salad. $24.5. Good.
All housemade, thick cut, chook on top of chips (trifle but no), well cooked, all moving parts tasty.
Fish and Chips, Salad, Tartare. $22.5.
Good straight up and down pub grub favorite, liked the tartare, and the 2 fillets big, crispy hot and fleshy. Flake was used.
Interesting the pub cannot access the local co-op for most species due to some arcane law.
This is changing however and the pub does a local seafood banquet (for 2) with a local whole baked snapper.
Mix of commercial (CUB/Lion Nathan) with some craft beer (Furphys).
The first pot of Carlton Draught was very well presented and had a clean taste, which early in the day can be hit/miss at pubs: Not here.
Wine list is very fairly priced (user friendly brands) and a glass of the always reliable Leo Buring Riesling comes in under $7/glass.
SERVICE AND STYLE
Suits the vibe.
Seaside pub, easygoing, order at bar, brought to the table.
Happy place (although not sure how the table tennis affects the patrons!. No pokies/No TAB. Live Music – Good on them.
Laid back pub, no faults. Dream of the 8 track cartidge player and Morning of the Earth. Good seaside option.