"Rose Cottage" has live music Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They also have various dinner deals throughout the week - at the time of writing they have dinner deals for Thursday nights (2 for 1 Schnitzels), Friday nights (2 meals for $25) and Sunday ($12 pizzas) – check their website for current details.
Our little group walked out of "Rose Cottage" with mixed feelings, unsure if we had enjoyed the experience or not. We loved the rustic atmosphere and history of the location; however we were disappointed with parts of the meals and the Café and playground closing before lunch. Although we all loved the fire pits everywhere and the comforting smell of wood smoke, we all left smelling strongly of smoke from the whole pallet burning in the middle of the pub.
Despite our unusual experience that day, I would recommend this pub to friends who are after a pub with rustic charm - somewhere casual to meet your mates for a beer, food, some live music and chill out for the afternoon. Although we went in Winter, I can see that this would be a popular place in Summer with cold beers and shady trees to sit under, enjoying the lighter evenings.
If you go there with your kids, ensure you check out their website first to confirm the opening times of the Café and play area.
So if you are driving down the Monaro Highway from the city to Tuggeranong or continuing onto Cooma, this pub is a handy stop, right near the main roundabout past Hume. Keep an open mind and check it out - it is definitely one of the most historical, unique pubs I have ever been to.