There. I said it. In a town renowned for its restaurants and bars, I'm taking a risk putting one up beyond others. I don't care. Jack Greene is the place for a good time.
Why? A big part of it is the beer. This pub is dedicated to good beer, and the changing roster of guest beer attests to this.
It's always a good sign when a pub switches up its beers, which is a little counter-intuitive when you think about it. Switching out good beers all the time doesn't seem like the best way to nurture your clientele, but it really comes from a love of beer. It's the desire to see as many different beers as possible cross the counter.
It was for a similar love of beer that I had to give in to the beer tasting paddle. I was a little worried about doing this at lunch time on a week day, but I needn't have fretted. The serve of each beer is small enough that I was safe. Beers arrive here from small breweries everywhere and the tasting paddle was a good way to try a few (and, unlike other places, Jack Greene doesn't charge through the nose for the privilege).
On to food. At first the menu looks to be just burgers, burgers, burgers. The range on offer is jaw-droppingly broad. They have a wallaby burger, for goodness' sake. I went for the beef and bacon burger, which came with beetroot and barbecue sauce, among other things.
Jack Greene was one of the earliest places to switch on to the mini burger, and their range of minis is intriguing. Roast beetroot relish on their waygu beef; soy glazed roast duckling; oyster sauce chicken; balsamic-marinated mushrooms.
If you absolutely despise burgers there is a range of bar snacks that are equally tempting, although in smaller serves. Duck crepes, prawn and chorizo skewers, fish bites: it's an eclectic mix of snack-sized bites. Reasonably priced salads round out the menu.
Jack Greene has the feeling of a place that would be pumping in the evening. I tried it at lunch time, and it was mildly busy. I'd definitely recommend it for a quick pint or a more lively evening out.