Nutritionist & Life Coach
Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published June 2nd 2012
With its open fireplace, front bar and courtyard the Prince Albert Hotel has carried the attributes from its 1914 reconstruction that make it a real hit with locals in Williamstown. Recently rebranded as 'Bettenays' the venue is a place to stop by for a couple of quiet drinks, to watch a game of footy on the big screen, shoot some pool or to sample some of the best pub food in the area (which is saying something given the competition just up the road).
The Prince Albert's fireplace - a godsend in winter
With friendly and prompt service my group was more than happy with the restaurant section. Whoever is recruiting the staff knows how to pack the punters in with all three of the waitresses in attendance gorgeous twenty-somethings who owned a willing smile and an enthusiasm for the menu.
Starting as we must when evaluating pub food with grading their parma, I must say they've done a great job with this mainstay of the Aussie pub cuisine. A nice, thick free range schnitzel is topped with a generous helping of cheese. They've chosen pancetta ahead of ham which lifts the parma above some of your more run-of-the-mill offerings. The chips that accompanied the pub mainstay were high calibre and even the healthiest of eaters would happily intake their deep fried deliciousness.
A grade A Parmagiana
I ordered the scallops from the specials board (which appears to give an option away from your tried and true pub favourites) after considering the salmon. My only complaint for the entire evening was that I should have been forewarned that the serving was more of an entrée size than a main. Any misgivings were soon ameliorated when tasting - the chef knows exactly what they're doing in the kitchen and the combination of flavours was excellent.
In the end, I was glad that I had a bit of extra room left when we selected the dessert. I have no hesitation in stating that I tasted the best sticky date pudding I have ever eaten. If they had have lined up 10 of these desserts, I would have happily eaten every single one of them (provided there was an insulin shot somewhere between pudding 7 and 8).
Seriously, best sticky date EVER!
To go with this, I was pleased to see a variety of local boutique beers available (on tap if you don't mind) and gladly I downed a schooner or two of the White Rabbit Dark Ale which I also highly recommend.
Boutique beers on tap - the White Rabbit Dark Ale
With a friendly atmosphere, great service and top notch pub grub deftly done Bettenays is one place I'll definitely return to, even if the stained glass windows did give me unnerving flashbacks of my catholic school education.