Sydney’s not short of a stellar pub. Be it a fancy gastro-pub, a corner institution paying homage to all things Irish or a no-frills tavern with low-key vibes and a killer beer-garden, we’ve got it all.
By the same token, we’re not sparse of a solid pub feed either, so to save you time looking for the greatest Guinness pie, Sunday roast or chicken parmi, here’s every pub worth hitting up for an epic feast.
These are 15 of the best pub feeds in Sydney to try.
Chicken Schnitzel At The Unicorn
Everything to eat at the Unicorn Hotel is a go-er but their chicken schnitzel takes the cake for being everything you imagine the staple pub feed to be. Think creamy mashed potatoes swimming in a pool of ever-so-silky gravy and a beautiful golden-crumbed breast and a little slice of lemon for anyone who’s that way inclined.
Handmade Gnocchi At The Glebe Hotel
Previously known as The Australian Youth Hotel, The Glebe Hotel is a restored mainstay holding onto iconic trivia nights and 2-4-1 eats but now boasts exposed brickwork, a fancy upstairs space with chandeliers and vintage art with pub feeds you’ll need on your weekly foodie agenda. Go in hard on the handmade gnocchi served with roast butternut pumpkin, goats curd and dukkah.
Beef Brisket At Dove & Olive
This pub is the gem of Surry Hills and one thing everyone knows about it is that it serves up the best pub grub in town. Everything here is delicious and well-priced for your pockets but the standout is the beef brisket with tangy charred pineapple bbq glaze. Pair it with the smoked pumpkin and potato croquettes and you’re in for a heavenly night.
Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shoulder At The Rose Hotel
The Rose Hotel serve their Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder with chickpea puree, pomegranate, fried cauliflower, herb puree and flatbread. After, you should have their apple and rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Do it, you fiend.
Roast Chicken At The Paddington
The roast chicken at The Paddington comes with fries and cos salad and is as juicy and wonderfully filling a meal as you can get. You should also get the roast potatoes on the side if the fries aren’t enough potato-ey goodness for you.
Chicken Parmigiana At Harts Pub
Ah yes, that pub classic, chicken parmigiana. No one who experiences Harts Pub’s chicken parmigiana leaves disappointed (unless you’re a vegetarian). Harts serves up their chicken parm with double smoked ham, mozzarella cheese, steak fries and garden salad.
Satay Chicken Roti At The Henson
Now, The Henson is known for its quality food but the pub feed that’s most hype about is their satay chicken roti. You’ll get two and they come with fried onion, coriander and bean sprouts and goes great with their delicious sweet potato fries.
Beef And Guinness Pie At The Porterhouse Irish Pub
Fun fact, the beef and Guinness pie at The Porterhouse weighs in at a mighty half a kilo! It’s a famous pub feed and comes with creamy mashed potatoes, mushy peas and silky gravy.
Steak At The Oaks
We’re not going to recommend one, The Oaks has each and every steak option you could ever wish for and they’re all delicious. And the deliciousness doesn’t stop at the steaks – the sauces that go with them deserve their own mention – like the mushroom and seeded mustard sauce with rosemary and red wine jus.
Chickpea And Squash Burger At The Courthouse
The Courty pays massive tribute to its location on Australia street as a true country-style pub in the heart of the Inner West. Get around the beer garden and order up the chickpea and squash burger pumped with tomato, cucumber, lettuce, green tomato chutney and oozing sour cream.
Smoky Lamb Ribs At The Erko
Home to craft beer, awesome chats and legendary vibes, The Erko prides itself in some seriously good smoked meats. Here, your go-to pub feed has to be the smoky and tender lamb ribs doused in a spiced maple glaze. Thank us later.
Sunday Roast At The Oxford Tavern
It’s recently had a thirsty restoration and now, The Oxford Tavern sports a line-up of locally owned and independent brews, live music sessions, wild weekend parties and an ongoing rotation of epic events. On the food front, the feed worth knowing about here is the insane Sunday roast which is served from 12pm until sold out. This gem comes with your choice of beef brisket, pork belly or pulled jackfruit, roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots, steamed broccoli, English gravy and a house-baked Yorkshire pudding.
Beef Cheek Ragout At General Bourke
General Bourke is your one-stop shop for the greatest pub feed in Sydney yet. The big star on the menu is the beef cheek ragout; French-style slow-cooked beef cheeks with flat mushroom, mashed potato, asparagus spears and pickled onion in a red wine jus.
Macaroni And Cheese Burger At Northies Cronulla Hotel
Apart from the panoramic views, wall-length windows and strong Mediterranean vibes, the biggest selling point at Northies has to be its pub feeds. More specifically, the big macaroni and cheeseburger. Headed by one big wagyu patty, a mac and cheese patty, melted cheese, pickles, lettuce and tomato, this bad boy is not for the faint-hearted.
Pot Of Mussels At Park House Food And Liquor
The once iconic Mona Thursdays of the Northern Beaches have been replaced with a Hampton's fit-out, family spaces, DJ nights, Insta-worthy cocktails, pub charm and Sydney’s only dedicated food truck precinct. If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. Park House Food And Liquor is also home to a mammoth pot of mussels filled with tomato, parsley, garlic, chips and aioli, and it's absolutely the number one thing to get around.
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