We just love out pub grub here at Newcastle Live. In fact, there are few things better than putting the kaibosh on slaving over a hot stove in favour of heading down to the local watering hole for a cheap schnitty or T-bone.
And there’s no shortage of options in this fair city alone when it comes to pubs that augment their amber ales with mouthwatering dishes.
In that spirit, here are five of Live’s favourite haunts when it comes to getting a quality pub feed.
Bear in mind, this is in no way an exhaustive list, in fact it barely scratches the surface. But hopefully it encourages you to get out and sample some of the great flavours coming out of our local pubs!
The Easy – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel
14 Railway Street, Wickham
If the full flavours of New Orleans and Cajun cooking whet your appetite, then you would do well to check out this new addition to the Lass O’Gowrie.
The Easy offers up an eclectic menu that is almost guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart – especially the hearty Big Mamma’s Gumbo – a Creole stew with chicken, sausage, bacon, shrimp, onion, celery, green capsicum and okra.
Vegans are also well taken care of, too with Uncle Jake’s Jumbalaya – rice pilaf, celery, Spanish onion, corn, cherry tomatoes, red and green capsicum, zucchini, black-eyed peas, and scotch bonnet peppers.
Honestly it sounds like a Mardi Gras in your mouth!
Winnie’s Jamaican – Finnegan’s Hotel
21 Darby Street, Newcastle
Winnie’s at Finnegan’s Hotel will take you right to Kingston with their eclectic Jamaican menu.
From their delicious Bammys – traditional Jamaican flatbread filled with all manner of gorgeous ingredients to their Carribean-style one-pot dishes (the curry goat is a sure-fire winner) there is plenty to love about Winnie’s.
Also, given the array of options on offer, repeat visits are almost a must.
In fact, what’s for lunch today?
77 Berner Street, Merewether
If it’s steaks you want, it’s steaks you’re gonna get at the Burwood and, these guys certainly know their way around this particular protein.
The Burwood’s 300-gram Cape Grim scotch fillet, for example, is always at the forefront of this writer’s mind every time I darken the Burwood’s doors. Oh, as is their Waygu Sirloin.
The Stag And Hunter
187 Maitland Road, Mayfield
The Stag offers up a mammoth menu literally chock-a-block full of pub feed classics.
Think bangers and mash, fish and chips, and of course perfectly cooked steaks. However, the menu doesn’t stop there with the Stag increasingly known for their ample burgers and their house-made Hunter’s Pie of the Day.
This is unpretentious comfort food that is big on flavour – such as their four-hour braised lamb risotto.
The Critereon Hotel
81 Bourke Street, Carrington
Classic counter meals with a classy bent? Skip on over to the “Island of Carrodise” and straight into the loving arms of The Cri.
With daily specials, a weekly roast on Sunday’s and well-priced drinks on tap and by the bottle The Criterion is a top choice. Ohh and when it’s on the menu, the prawn cocktail is on!
Did we mention it is kid and dog friendly?