For those who love a simple yet satisfying pub lunch you will be pleasantly surprised by the Woolwich Pier Café. Here lunch is served in the sophisticated surrounds of one of Sydney's most beautiful harbour side locations.
The Café is part of the Woolwich Pier Hotel which boasts stunning Sydney views from its idyllic location between the inner west and the lower north shore. More stylish than your average hotel bistro, their menu is as sophisticated and well presented as its impressive location.
Long bench style tables are set against glass windows that let in the warm sun and delightful views. Once settled in I procrastinated over the delicious sounding summer menu that includes dishes like roast pork belly with caramelised cabbage and apple or spaghetti with chilli prawns, basil and cherry tomatoes. It's difficult to choose just one but I finally settled on the beer battered dory fillets with mushy peas, tartare, lemon and fries.
When my meal arrived I was first impressed with the gorgeous way it was dished up but the taste certainly lived up to the presentation. Unlike your typical heavy and greasy fish batter, this one was the lightest and freshest I've ever tasted. The dory fillets were meltingly good and well-seasoned. The fries perfectly crunchy; in fact everything about the meal was simple, fresh and delicious. Paired with their delicious white Sangria (or a more traditional cold beer if that's more your fancy) it really is the perfect pub lunch on a sunny afternoon.
If you happen to have some littlies with you they will even do a miniature version of the fish and chips complete with a complimentary ice cream. Now what kid wouldn't love that.
Being a little out of the way, getting to the Woolwich Pier Café isn't the easiest but the quiet location lends this hotel a certain charm that you will certainly appreciate. It's a refreshing change from the usual hustle and bustle of inner west or city venues. If you're lucky enough to have a designated driver then there is plenty of parking around the café. Alternatively, you can bus it or even get a ferry to the Valentia Street (Woolwich) Wharf.
Make your next pub lunch one you're sure to remember at the Woolwich Pier Café.