The first in the ‘Eating Our With Em’ Series.
The Newtown Hotel
174 King St Newtown. Ph 02 9557 6399
“I should begin by prefacing that I am by no means a qualified food critic. Hell, I’m not even a great cook. I am a busy mum and business owner who looks for 3 main things when eating out on the town – atmosphere, taste, and value for money!! This is a quick, no frills column summing up my culinary experiences while out and about – for those other busy folk out there who’d perhaps like some hints on what’s hot and what’s not!” – Emma Delle-Vedove
This hotel made me flash back to my uni days – hanging out at a funky bar, around the pool table, enjoying cheap food. For many years this pub sat empty, but has had a couple of revivals over the last few years…and I quite enjoy this most recent configuration, with it’s indie feel and super colourful beer garden. Apparently upstairs is pretty great too, though I confess I did not wander up there as I had a pram with me (as busy mums are known to have!).
The thing that immediately caught my eye was the $12 lunch menu (available weekdays from 12-3pm). Although this menu is not too extensive, you can choose basic pub grub – including steak, chicken, burgers and pizza options. I threw my diet out the window and went for the Cheeseburger…Angus beef, double American cheese, dill pickle, chipotle bbq sauce, butter lettuce on a milk bun served with crinkle cut chips. Yum!
I have to start by saying that this is the place to come for excellent chips. Nice and soft on the inside, perfectly crunchy on the outside, not too oily, and topped with a generous sprinkling of chicken salt. I do love a good hot chip!! And the cheeseburger didn’t let me down either, with a large meat patty nicely seasoned and that yummy sweet milk bun. Definitely what you would call a naughty lunch, and perhaps not one you should have too often…but if you’re going to treat yourself to a burger and fries you want to make sure that it’s worth all those calories. Am happy to say this definitely was!
Value for money 4.5/5
Em’s score 11.5/15