Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

The Albion Hotel  at Parramatta is one of those pubs that has a few different characters, depending on the time and day. It’s not on a really busy road so doesn’t get masses of passing trade, but it does have a bit if a reputation and is well known to many.

Of an evening, particularly a Friday or Saturday night, it’s a busy pub with large groups of people drinking and eating. Sunday afternoon it’s a musician in the courtyard.

Early on a Saturday arvo, however, before the reserved (for the evening) tables are all taken, it’s pretty quiet with a few locals having a brew.

The Swanson Hotel holds only good  memories for us… our nephew was married there a couple of years ago.

Located a bit away from Erko shops and strip, just near Erskinville Oval, comfortable downstairs bars with an open fire on a cold day, upstairs dining and footpath tables.

Good food menu, our trio of tapas went down very nicely! Lovely spot.

Dawn Fraser, who has the baths named after her just down the hill, is a former owner and licensee of this well known local, The Riverview Hotel.

Gourmet dining, sunny front bar but unfortunately no beer garden and while upstairs is inviting, it’s only for patrons who are eating.

Good range of beers, a decent wine list, and tight arse Tuesdays 2-for-1 pizza!

20 minutes for a plate of dips tested our patience, however.

Historically, Breakfast Point was the site of the Mortlake Gas (part of AGL) who’d been there since 1883.
Like a lot of historic commercial business, AGL located the site on the Parramatta River as the river provided access for colliers to bring coal to the site, and there was plenty of room for any future expansion.
The gas works were there until the 1990s when urban redevelopment began.
After a heap of initial soils rehabilitation, it’s been full steam ahead on this site ever since.

So it’s no surprise that there was a local pub for all of those workers.
The Palace has retained much of its historical character – the beautiful floors and architecture are a glimpse into the past.

A dog-friendly beer garden at the back is pleasant enough, but is well overdue for a refurbishment. If it was a house I’d say it has “good bones” – that is, the basic space and structure is there (including a remnant wall from a bygone era).
It may have been “good enough” back in the day, but patrons expect from their local these days; if it’s going to try to keep pace with what’s provided (and expected) elsewhere, a bit of money needs to be spent in the beer garden.

On the way to Bega for work and we stopped at this Local.

Lots of Beatles memorabilia and local history on the walls.
Candelo is in south east NSW near Bega – about 20 km from Merimbula where we are staying for a few nights over the Anzac weekend. 700 people in Candelo call this their local 🙂

What a surprise to find, hidden from view, a quiet beer garden at the back of the the Horse and Jockey on busy Parramatta Road at Homebush.

We enjoyed a beer (Wild Yak Pacific Ale) and a NZ Sav Blanc (“South Island”) on a glorious Good Friday afternoon.

This part of Sydney – Homebush/Flemington/Strathfield – is extremely multicultural, so no surprise to find all of the shops open in the local strip shopping on this traditional public holiday; not just an Asian grocer but the supermarket, cafes and chemist.
Must remember this when we really need something on a (Christian) public holiday.

Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore near Hornsby, the Blue Gum serves a huge area in this, Sydney’s least populated pub area. Only about half a dozen real “pubs” are to be found on this stretch of the Pacific Highway from North Sydney to Hornsby.

Typical pub fare, a popular spot on a weekend evening.

A hilly spot for a walk!

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