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Nag's Head Hotel

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by Gordon D'Mello (subscribe)
Freelance writer based in Sydney's heart, event enthusiast and founder/editor of growing sports syndicate 'Injury Time'
Published December 3rd 2011
When you combine premium meals at a decent price, an interesting old school brewery décor and relatively cheap drinks together, what do you get? Nag's Head Hotel.

Visiting with a rather big group of about fifteen people, we were treated to dinner by one of our good mates. When she invited us to dinner on her, I can't say we weren't slightly nervous.

At one stage I even pictured her turning up with a family bucket from the local Kentucky Fried.

But alas, her choice was impressive.

Stepping into the Stables Bistro first, the décor is immediately eye catching. Long wooden benches and tables with candles resting delightfully on top, combined with white ambient light made for a special atmosphere.

Add some greenery for colour and it really had an old fashioned feel, but there was nothing wrong with that. The long benches made for wonderful conversation and meant that we could all share our food around with ease.

Ah, the food.

We begun with a side of wedges and chips, accompanied with your standard sweet chilli and tomato sauces plus sour cream. The wedges were unbelievable, in fact, I'm going to put it out there and say they were best wedges I've ever had. They were golden and crisp the whole way through, with the fluffy potato inside a creamy delight.

They also had a chilli seasoning on them that packed a little punch. Nothing too spicy, but enough to make the dish standout in general. The chips were a letdown, but I'm not sure if that was because we enjoyed the wedges before them or if they were just poorly made.

When it came to mains, a friend and I decided to split two meals between us. We went with the Cajun Spiced Tempura Prawns and Honey Soy Glazed BBQ Chicken Wings.

Both meals were amazing, and relatively big in size. The prawns were marginally better than the chicken wings, the sumptuous peppers and aromatic fragrance of the dish on another level. The blood orange aioli was also another reason for the meal's success, tangy yet smooth and a wonderful compliment to the flavours of the prawns.

Each meal cost $15.90 so you get pretty decent value for money, without it being a special. But this food was quality.

When it came to the drinks, a bunch of us decided on grabbing some cider. We each got away with a standard glass for $7 and their price to drink ratio is pretty good.

Add to this a group of wonderfully courteous staff who would never be caught without a smile and the Nag's Head Hotel is a real winner.

Head upstairs and you'll find a pool table, lounges and to go along with the theme you will also see some wooden barrels used as tables!

The Nag's Head Hotel is a really good venue to visit with a bunch of family or friends. It is the perfect place to relax at or start your night. Great food and courteously staff, if anything, make sure you at least grab a feed at Stables Bistro.

Food – 8/10
Drink – 7/10
Price – 7.5/10

Staff – 8/10
Dance Floor – N/A
Atmosphere – 8/10

Cover Charge? None.

Overall – 8/10
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Why? For great atmosphere and food!
When: You're with a group of family or friends.
Where: Glebe
Cost: Food $10-$25 | Drinks $4-$10
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