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Published September 28th 2015
One of the oldest pubs in Sydney, the Rose & Crown Hotel in Parramatta was established in 1823 and built by a man named Robert 'One-Armed' Green who lost a limb in the Battle of Waterloo. He is buried next door at the All Saints Church and perhaps this is the reason for the striking, lush greenery adorning the exterior walls of the hotel.
Whatever the reason, it catches your eye and begs you to step inside. We decided to try it for Father's Day and found it to be your typical pub with a bistro, a sports bar, gaming area, indoor dining and an outdoor beer garden. It has been renovated since the early 1800's but the layout is a bit haphazard. It could do with an extension and another makeover as it looks like extra tables and chairs have been thrown in wherever they could fit them in order to cater for a larger capacity of patrons.
That aside, the food at La Local was a highlight. A range of meals are on offer, from Buffalo chicken wings to salt and pepper prawn skewers, as well as pub favourites like schnitzel, steak, fish and chips, burgers and salads. There were specials on for Father's Day and between us we tried the corned silverside with vegies, spaghetti Bolognese and New York style beef ribs. I had the latter and boy they were big. Even with my husband and son trying them, I still had plenty to take home in a container.
If you want good value for money and good food then try this pub. Meals on average are around the $20 mark. Other specials include $12 steaks on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and $10 pizzas all day Sunday. It was very popular when we were there with many a Parramatta Eels fan stopping in for lunch before the afternoon game at the local stadium just down the road.
Not far from shops and theatres, there is parking onsite and in the surrounding side streets. With regular live music, it's a friendly place to unwind.