Posts Tagged ‘Local Hotel’

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 a lot of passing trade, but it does have a bit of 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.

 

For a hotel to not only survive but to thrive when it’s located in a quiet side street, out of site from the main road, says that this local is doing something right.

The 3 Weeds at Rozelle started its life in 1881 as the Rose, Shamrock & Thistle but it was always known as the 3 Weeds. This local icon has a great selection of beers on tap as well as both fine dining and a bistro offering both contemporary and traditional pub food.

Cathedral ceilings, a sandstone fireplace and traditional pub meals… top spot!

 

 

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.

A beautiful sunny Sunday.

Some of you will remember when the Newtown Jets, originally the Newtown Bluebags, were in the NSW Rugby League competition. They played out of Henson Park in Newtown.

The Henson is a terrific local. Dog and child friendly, the beer garden is full of local families.

Friendly wait staff who all stop to pat Bailey, our labrador, all the sport on all the TVs to keep that folk happy, and of course a community library on site.

There’s a number of well known pubs in The Rocks that are the tourist “go to” pubs – The Orient down in the guts of the Rocks on George St, The Glenmore with its beautiful rooftop views of the harbour, The Fortune of War with its gorgeous original overhead bar…

But none of these are anything like a Local.

Harts, on the other hand, is a bit away from the rest of the Rocks.
Settle in and enjoy a Local Brew from the , listen to some great music in a lovely little beer garden… just watch your head as you walk up the back steps… don’t bang your head on the low hanging branch of the tree at the top of the stairs as you walk in from the street!

We went for a walk around the area and deliberately picked streets we’d never walked before. We tripped over some interesting excavations in Windmill St, walked through what you can at the YMCA and returned to the area via the new Wynyard Walk which connects Barangaroo to Wynyard station.

Pretty well done.