I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this pub before. We always eat here every time we are in Melbourne (which is once or twice a year). Perfectly located on the corner of Bourke St and Exhibition St, it is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the great theatres of Melbourne. Thus it is the perfect venue for pre-theatre dinner and drinks. It is very much like a traditional English pub, dark interiors, cosy and very atmospheric and they have a great range of beers on tap to choose from! Love the London Pride and White Rabbit ales. The meal menu is not bad either, typical British pub grub: bangers and mash, chicken parmies, steaks, burgers, pizzas etc. We always go for the roast of the day ($22, often comes with potatoes and 3 veg) and it never fails to disappoint. It is really nice to know that the quality of the drinks and food has been consistently good over the years and so is the clientele. Whenever we are there, there’s lots of other mature-age theatre goers around, as well as families, none of the rowdy and boisterous folks one associates pubs with. Hint: go upstairs for a more peaceful atmosphere, this is still a pub and it can get a bit crowded around the downstairs bar area.
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