Located along Hanson Road in Woodville North, Finsbury Hotel is a good place to enjoy both pub-style food and a few dishes that you would expect to see at more "upmarket" settings. Diners get complimentary access to the salad bar, which offers a decent selection of salads along with warm bread rolls. There is even a game room with a PS4 set up to keep customers occupied while waiting for their meals.
Their Fish of the Day dish varies daily so be sure to check the board near the counter to see what is currently on offer. The salmon that was offered during our visit was cooked just right with the succulent flesh set off beautifully by the crisp skin. A bit of tanginess was provided by the Mediterranean salsa and the crispy prosciutto added a salty element to the dish. Crushed chat potatoes and grilled asparagus completed the dish.
Crispy Skin Salmon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While its name may suggest toasted slices of bread topped with sweet potato, the Sweet Potato Bruschetta actually has slices of grilled sweet potato taking the place of the bread. The sweet potato gave the dish its delectable sweet earthy flavour and was partnered well by the creamy taste of the guacamole. The tomatoes were very juicy and a drizzling of a sauce made from balsamic vinegar added a touch of zing.
Sweet Potato Bruschetta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Finsbury's Graziers Beef Pie had a delightfully rich flavour. The juiciness of the filling was contrasted well by the crisp and buttery pastry. Accompanying the pie were creamy mashed potatoes and steamed green peas, which did a good job of balancing out the rich taste of the filling. Served with the dish was a red wine jus that can be poured over the dish for an extra element of flavour, it tasted particularly good when eaten with the mashed potatoes.
Graziers Beef Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the steaks that can be ordered, the Graziers Rump Steak we chose had the right amount of charred flavour without being too dry. The chips that came with the steak were fried to golden brown, with the crisp exterior contrasting well with the soft interior. For the sauce, we chose pepper sauce, which had the degree of peppery flavour we desired.
Graziers Rump Steak (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For dessert, we tried their Chocolate Lava Pudding and Apple & Rhubarb Crumble. We liked that their Chocolate Lava Pudding portion was generous, consisting of two puddings, allowing it to be shared with a friend if you desire. The puddings had an intense chocolatey taste with the gooey centre that is a key part of the enjoyment of the dish. While the salted caramel ice cream was nice, my mother thought the dish would be better with vanilla ice cream so the dish would not be too sweet. Also accompanying the dish was whipped cream which was an excellent foil to the rich tasting pudding.
Chocolate Lava Pudding (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you prefer something that is not as rich, the Apple & Rhubarb Crumble is a good option. The apples and rhubarb had the right amount of bite to them without being too sweet and were nicely set off by the crisp crumble topping. To best enjoy the dish, eat the crumble with the vanilla ice cream and whipped cream that are served with the dish.
Apple & Rhubarb Pudding (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For diners that like to enjoy a drink with their meal, the hotel offers $4 pints from 4pm to 7pm every day with an additional time slot of 12pm to 2pm on Saturdays. If you are looking for yummy pub food while in the Woodville North area, consider dropping by Finsbury Hotel for a visit. We enjoyed 50% off our total bill by booking our table through Dimmi.