Monday, November 21

prince albert hotel, bettenays, 149 douglas pde, williamstown



in my early 20's (like yesterday!) i worked at a pub in london called 'the paradise'...it's in kensal green.  it was a great place to work, none of the chairs or stools matched, all the dinner plates were odd & they served awesome pub grub.  the bistro was always packed & on sundays locals would come at 11am...read the papers, eat eggs w chips, drink pints & stay until the evening listening to jazz music...  i have almost forgotten about how much my feet hurt at the end of the shifts or the smell of beer sloshed in my shoes...instead i look back & wish i could find a local just like it.  i think i have!  prince albert hotel is just 10mins walk from our little cottage.  it is the kind of place you can visit on a rainy day & enjoy a glass of red or sit in the little garden & have a long sunday lunch.  which is what we did recently.  we ordered several mains...matt had the sage & parmesan crumbed veal w shaved fennel, apple, walnut, rocket & lemon dressing salad (he stated it was seriously delicious), i had the grilled pork chop on a bed of du puy lentils w jus (so wholesome & good), the children shared the free range chicken breast topped w pancetta, mozzarella & napoli sauce, served w mixed lettuce & shoestring fries...also no complaints!

we all shared the one dessert of valrhona hazelnut nougatine, raspberry sorbet & fairy floss...think i may have gotten 1 spoonful before the children devoured it!

we started with a monteiths pear cider (on tap) & then shared a bottle of the jim barry riesling...all for a grand total of just under $100...& we were there for hours...reading the papers, enjoying the sun...

on leaving i booked us in for new years eve... 










 



9 comments:

john@heneedsfood said...

Bloody hell look at that pork chop! Ok, I reckon I need to get to Melbourne a little sooner. Dayle, we're going to that pub!

Anonymous said...

Looks fabulous, can't wait for NYE!!! K

Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said...

It's such a fine balance, isn't it? Finding a place which is homely, comfortable, friendly but not rowdy and sleazy. Things like mismatched cutlery, crockery and stools definitely remind me of home.

mady dooijes said...

looks fabulous darling....

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