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Published August 2nd 2017
Hills pub's log fires, comfort food perfect for winter lunch
On a wintry Friday, the historic Parkerville Tavern is packed for lunch.

The crowd has its share of white beards, but there are also plenty of family groups enjoying the quiet buzz of conversation and the crackle of log fires.

Parkerville Tavern, Parky, Hills, winter menu, log fires
The dining areas at the Parkerville Tavern are comfortable rather than posh. Picture supplied.

It has a real country pub feel, historic rather than posh, with rustic tables and chairs and wide timber floorboards, creating a lived in, comfortable vibe.

Leather couches add to something akin to an English pub feel, creating family-friendly, easy-going spaces to sit and have a drink.

While in summer, expansive lawns and garden areas nestle into the surrounding forest and provide plenty of outdoor dining spots, on a blustery winter day the cosy rooms inside make for an ideal haven.

While the metropolitan area has spread out to include the Perth Hills, the Parky as it's affectionately known, very much retains the vibe of a country pub, helped along on the day we were there by blazing log fires.

It has an intimate feel with drinking and eating spots spread across several rooms.

The Parkerville might be just a 20-minute drive away from our home in Guildford, but the hotel set in a valley of the Jarrah woodland that played an important part as a logging town in its early years, feels like another world.

To add to the country vibe it's worth taking a slight diversion up through the jarrah wooded hills of John Forrest National Park.

The tavern is cosy with friendly staff buzzing around delivering meals and throwing an occasional log on the fire, keeping guests happy.

The Parkerville Tavern's menu features flavoursome home-cooked, locally sourced produce. Picture supplied.
The Parkerville Tavern's menu features flavoursome home-cooked, locally sourced produce. Picture supplied.

It was the perfect day for Steak and Guinness Pie, steaming hot in an individual ceramic pot with a crispy pastry top. The sauce was rich and flavoursome, providing a home for big chunks of tender beef.

My wife had a Trio of Warm Bao Buns with Peking Duck, homemade hoisin sauce, spring onions and coriander with perfectly cooked duck and fluffy buns.

The homemade dishes are part of a vast array of pub-style meals including the likes of Moroccan Lamb Skewers, Tempura Prawns, Home-made Black Angus Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana, Lemon Pepper Squid and Sticky BBQ Pork Ribs.

Burgers and steaks come in a range of styles with a variety of sauces and a board in the main bar area features a host of homemade daily specials.

Throughout the cooler months, Sundays feature a fabulous roast each week and the wood-fired pizza oven operates all day Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8pm.

The restaurant focuses on local ingredients and offers a solid range of vegetarian dishes, along with some tempting homemade desserts.

Kids aren't forgotten with their own Parky Poppets menu featuring dishes like Mini Fish, Chips & Salad, Chicken Nuggets, Mini Homemade Burgers with lots of sweet treats and gluten free options.

Parkerville, kids playground, lawns, Parky, winter menu
Expansive lawns provide plenty of safe space for children to play. Picture supplied.

And when little feet get restless for a run there's heaps of lawn to play on, a playground and emus, chickens and sheep in their own pen at the back of the tavern.

For adults wanting to combine a hearty meal with a bit of exercise, the Parkerville is set near a vast number of walk and bike trails.

The kitchen is open from Monday to Thursday from noon to 2.30pm for lunch and 5.30pm to 8.30pm for dinner; on Fridays from noon to 9pm; Saturday from 11.30am to 9pm and Sunday from 8am to 8pm.

It offers table service at all times except Sunday lunchtimes which traditionally have a high volume of food orders.

Beer and cider lovers have a good selection on tap with the likes of Kirin, James Squire 150 Lashes, Kilkenny and 5 Seeds Cider.

Parkerville Tavern, historic, winter menu, log fires
The historic Parkerville Tavern. Picture supplied.

There is a solid wine list with most of the wines available by the glass and many from Australia and some interesting wines from Spain, France and Italy.

There's a range of options for private functions and a 12-seat dining room is ideal for intimate groups and small corporate meals and seminars.

There's also a seniors menu available Monday to Friday.

Live music is on every Sunday and the tavern holds occasional Saturday night Winter Warmer events which lean towards swing jazz and retro-inspired music.

In summer the tavern holds concerts on the lawns which are listed on their Facebook and website pages.

The Parkerville Tavern is just off Great Eastern Hwy at 6 to 18 Owen Road, Parkerville.

They can be contacted by email at or phone on 08 9295 4500.

The tavern has been a winner of TripAdvisor's certificate of excellence for the past two years and the restaurant, bar and grounds are accessible by wheelchair.

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Why? Great winter menu with open fires and fabulous pub food
When: Monday to Thursday from noon to 2.30pm for lunch and 5.30pm to 8.30pm for dinner; on Fridays from noon to 9pm; Saturday from 11.30am to 9pm and Sunday from 8am to 8pm.
Phone: 08 9295 4500
Where: 6 to 18 Owen Road, Parkerville
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