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Published November 16th 2012
Not just a pub
Just off the Westgate Bridge and a little to the left is a place called Spotswood, best known for that edifying institution called Scienceworks.
To complete the day's activities at Scienceworks and restore your energy, an intake of kilojoules in the form of a meal is often required. Now there is a family friendly and affordable solution within easy reach.
Across the road from the Spotswood Train Station and a short drive from Scienceworks and the Westgate Bridge, the old workers pub, the Spottiswoode Hotel, has been transformed into a spacious, tasteful eatery.
A friendly front bar where you can have a quick drink leads onto two tastefully decorated dining areas, one complete with a large open fireplace for those chilly winter days and nights; comfortable seating around the hearth makes for a cosy spot for a drink and a chat.
An extremely pleasant outdoor courtyard, with another huge fireplace, is accessible through glass bi-fold doors at the rear of the building for the smokers and those wanting to enjoy their meal alfresco.
The menu is pleasantly uncomplicated with classics such as Lamb Shanks and Mash, Mixed Meat Grill Platter served with Salad and Chips, and Vegetarian Lasagne served with a side salad. Reasonable prices and large serving sizes make the meal good value for money.
The Lamb Shanks I ordered were large and beautifully cooked and the lashings of mash underneath them tasted divine. My dinner partner was impressed with his Porterhouse Surf and Turf with a Creamy White Sauce.
The dessert menu is quite small for those of us with an extreme sweet tooth, but the large slice of Lemon Meringue Pie I chose was sufficient to fill up the tiny portion of my stomach that wasn't full from dinner, and tasted simply delightful.
As I mentioned earlier, the Spottiswoode Hotel is child friendly. High chairs seemed to be readily available for littlies and a room has been set aside for a few pinball machines to keep the older ones –not only the children- amused.
There is quite a good selection of meals on the children's menu which looked to be served in decent sizes as well.
The hotel is more than just an eatery, there is live music regularly and a monthly comedy spot is advertised on the website, an event that I am keen to experience.
Locals have begun to make the Spottiswoode Hotel a regular haunt, many are pleased to see what was once an eyesore become transformed into something for the suburb to be proud of; the $10 Sunday Roasts being the icing on the cake.