Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pub Review 1 - The Caledonian Port Fairy

A very fine establishment this. Long, whitewashed and low slung, it has a very English look about it with sturdy benches and tables out the front and little dormer windows poking out of the roof. Locally known as the Stump it has been licensed since 1844 making it one of the oldest pubs in Victoria. The inside has a bar, dining room and a rear spare room. A good range of beers on tap, the Guinness was excellent, the Draught was clean amd crisp and a lot of lads were on the Coopers pale ale which is always a good sign. The day barmen are older blokes, good for a chat and some irreverent remarks regarding some of the clientele. Refreshingly honest in their approach, their review of a new tap beer as 'fucking horrible' really struck a chord with me.

I've eaten there a few times and the pub food is good honest tucker. The Stump Rump is a terrifyingly large steak (900g) but their dishes like lamb shanks, liver and bacon and fresh cooked flake are where they really excel. The place packs out over the folk festival and the summer peak season but at other times it is an excellent place to while away an afternoon with a few frothy ales and later have a bite to eat.

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