Petersham isn't known for great pubs, but the Public House along Stanmore Road is definitely a winner.
The Public House ticks all kinds of boxes, regardless of the type of pub experience you like to have. It achieves this primarily by having different spaces that provide something suited to each type of pub-goer.
You can eat and drink indoors near the bar, or in the stylish outdoor eating area. The outdoor area is colourful and a reassuring mix of rustic with a touch of edgy and has a wood-fired oven in full view of the cosy outdoor tables and booths.
The Public House has regular events for its patrons. For example, currently running is the 'Cult Sinema Obscura' - a free weekly screening of little-seen movies that occurs on Tuesday nights. They also offer space for hire for functions.
Beer is an important consideration for any pub worth its salt. Aside from the usual on-tap beers, each month the Public House showcases a 'Brewery of the Month' and has specials relating to beers from that brewery.
As for food, they have a minimalist menu that subtly changes over time, as well as a few blackboard specials. Their wood-fired pizza options are fairly straightforward, but to their credit, they offer a vegan pizza with vegan cheese on it. They also do gluten free bases on request, so no matter what your dietary requirements you can have a pizza at the Public House.
You won't find many traditional manifestations of pub fare here - but they make up for this with creativity and the use of some less common ingredients, or unusual combinations. An example of this is their 'Gypsy Salad' which includes black radish, nigella seeds and turmeric tahini.
The dessert menu is straight to the point and there is often only one or two options including their signature sundae known as the 'PHP Golden Gaytime'. I think the name says it all, but for the uninitiated, expect honeycomb and chocolate sauce to be in the mix.