Laura is a freelance writer, tutor & op-shop Queen, living in northern SA.
Published January 2nd 2015
There are many choices of where to eat in Gawler including at least ten hotels. In a bid to find the best pub meal in Gawler, we decided to start with The Criterion Tavern. Opened in 1858, it is located in the heritage precinct opposite the Gawler Railway station.
The dining room is comfortable and light with cane chairs. The specials board has soup and roast of the day as well as a curry of the day. There are 6 "breads to share" on the menu.
Entrees include oysters Kilpatrick at $25.90 for a dozen. Mains were reasonably priced too. A 300gm scotch fillet at $30.90 being the most expensive item on the menu and quite popular too judging by the number that came out of the kitchen.
As well as the traditional pub favourites such as fish & chips, burgers, schnitzels ($11.90 or $17.90) and steak there were a few items with a more multicultural flavour. Sumac spiced kangaroo was $22.90. Try a Laksa at $16.90 or a Thai beef salad for $19.90. A spiced calamari was $17.90.
Our meals were served with individual salads and chips and were quite substantial.
There were 6 desserts on the menu, plus another on the specials board, including old favourites such as sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream and warm apple crumble with prices starting from $6.90.
There is also a bottle shop and of course a pokies room, which was separate from the busy dining room and live music on Friday nights. They also cater for functions.
So for a great pub meal with friendly service and reasonable prices you can't go past "The Cri"!