The Phillip's Foote is a gem of a pub in The Rocks. When you enter the pub, it won't look like much more than 'ye olde pub' but keep walking through to the back of this historic building and you'll find a fabulous courtyard with a great communal barbeque area where you can cook your own steak.
The Phillip's Foote has a great ambience and atmosphere. It's hard to describe, but it's like your favourite neighbour is hosting a street party and you're just kicking back amongst friends in their sunny backyard.
The historic building was formerly a sailors bar, customs agent and stable before becoming derelict for a period until the 1970s, when it emerged as a pub and eatery that it is today.
If you're after a casual place to have some good old fashioned fun while cooking a steak on the barbie – look no further. It's a little confusing to start with, especially if this is your first time here, so here are the instructions:
Grab a cold beer from the bar (or your beverage of choice);
Head to the Cook House and pick your meal: steak (there are many cuts to choose from), fish or chicken;
Take your meal to the communal barbeque and start cooking;
While your steak is cooking, head to the salad bar and load up on some potatoes and the usual salad buffet options (I can never pass on the beetroot);
When your meal is cooked to perfection, add your finishing touches from the variety of mustards and sauces available; and finally
Head back to your table and enjoy.
The barbeque option is $31 per person on weekdays, and $32 on weekends. You can also bring the kids in for a half-steak with salad buffet for $20.
While it is mostly about the barbeque, any vegetarian friends will be more than satisfied with the salad buffet options. There is also a carvery with the good old pub roast, a soup of the day, home-made beef and red wine pie and some fish options.
For a Thursday or Friday lunch, you'll find the Phillip's Foote jam packed with men in suits enjoying their weekly long lunch. Weekends are pretty busy too, but you don't usually have to wait too long – and even if you do, you probably won't feel the need to complain because it's just a great place to relax. If you don't like to wait, you can always make a reservation.