I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published January 11th 2018
British pub grub with Yorkshire Pud in the West End
On a recent trip to Brisbane, my little family and I stayed in the West End, where we paid a visit to the Pig 'N' Whistle, a traditional British 'pub' with a very modern feel. It certainly didn't look like many of the pubs I had visited in Britain, which were typically dark, dank and had a smelly carpet.
No smelly carpet in sight here, which is a good thing as I'm a bit of a clean freak and can't handle dank. I'm not 21 anymore. The interior is fresh, clean and stylish, with a stunning bar area at the backdrop of the pub.
The dinner menu is a bit of a mash-up between British pub favourites, Italian staples such as pizza and pasta, plus various salads, seafood dishes and share plates. There is also a kids' menu, which doubles up as an activity sheet. The menu features fish and chips, rump steak, cheeseburger, sausages, fried chicken and spaghetti.
I had been tossing up between the Chicken Tikka Masala and the homemade Lincolnshire sausages, mainly because it came with Yorkshire Pudding, but I couldn't shake a little craving for curry. So I chose the Chicken Tikka Masala but my husband, who has been putting up with my food habits for almost 12 years, came back and told me it was spicy. Oh. Better stick to the sausages. My palate doesn't really handle spicy all that well.
Our meals were served relatively quickly and with a smile. The three sausages were absolutely huge and were served on a bed of creamy mash potato and onions, along with the Yorkshire Pudding. It's so easy to get Yorkshire Pud wrong (believe me, I know) but this one was perfect - lovely and crisp on the outside and not too doughy in the middle. Delish!
My only criticism was the children's steak it could have been cooked for a little longer, as it was served more medium-rare than medium. Our toddler didn't eat a lot of it, but that's not a great indicator of how the meal tasted. She doesn't eat a lot of anything and could have just shared my meal. The mash and broccolini were so tasty though, making it a lovely meal for older children for $12, although it may go to waste on a toddler.
We also enjoyed a couple of beers before heading back to our accommodation with a tasty British meal under our belts. Overall, it was a very pleasant dining experience that comes highly recommended from a couple of Perthites.
Nothing English about this pub except the name. An overpriced modern bar with an English themed menu, but as the article said contains plenty of Italian and Indian dishes, its just a bar nothing exciting