This new Sydney pub is about to bring all the boys to the yard.
Public House Petersham is the Inner West’s bright new thing, with local street artists like Phibs adding a splash of colour to Stanmore Road. It’s a fun mix of industrial upcycled pallets and shipping container conversions, with plenty of fresh herbs pokin’ around.
What we’re really crushing on though is the food by Martin Cerny, who has left his European fine dining background to bring good food to the people. Having grown up on a farm, Martin wanted to get back to his roots to make paddock-to-plate and nose-to-tail eating accessible and every day.
Think whole animals roasted in the wood fired oven, along with some of the prettiest from-scratch pizzas you’ll lay your eyes on. And wait for it—there’s a pig fest platter with pork knuckle, smoked house-made sausage AND crackly-topped belly. The house made sauerkraut, sausage and dumplings that go with it make it out of this world.
Don’t expect the menu to stay still though, especially when it’s this cute and cheeky (you’ll see what we mean when you head in). Public House Petersham is switching it up every day to keep you coming back for more. All of those succulent roast meats are made into brag-worthy seasonal sangas for lunch, and fresh platters into the evenings (we don’t need much convincing to make this our new local).
If you’re not up for sharing (and we don’t blame you when the food’s this good), you can be as picky as you like, because the mains and sides come separate. Yep, that means you can have the burger mid-week with roasted roots and smoked macadamia yogurt on the side, but switch it up with fries come Fri-yay.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a pub without some stellar drinking to be had. Every schooner will raise funds for a local community group, giving you two feel-good reasons to drink up. The Sparrow and Vine wine on tap also follows in the menu’s local footsteps, and flows freely from awesome wall-mounted barrels.
For funsies, let loose at the pinball machines and pool tables, or any of the community events Public House will be hosting (everything from garden days to clothing swaps and pizza making classes).
Plus, any break from your eating ought to make room in that special second stomach for dessert—specifically, the Cow & Moon sundae (yes, THAT Cow & Moon). Screw the usual queue for gelato we say, and cue the honeycomb and scorched marshmallow. The Ginger Danger is excellent too, with adorable crunchy gingerbread men perched on the creamiest caramel ginger mousse.
To end the night on a (sugar) high, finish with dessert number three in the form of a cocktail (the Sunday Bourbon Sundae to be precise), or get a little social with the shared Brusco Spritz for something a little more light and refreshing.
Image credit: Jackielyn Powell
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