Town Hall Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

Errol Street in North Melbourne is a short, but interesting, tram ride from the Melbourne CBD on which you find the Town Hall Hotel.

The Town Hall Hotel is pub that I’ve been visiting for around 18 years now. It’s another typical suburban pub, this one dating from around the 1870s.

There’s a public bar out the front, a dining room and a beer garden out the back.

I’ve never come here just to have a beer (it’s a fairly standard beer lineup) and always have a meal. For a pub I must say that the absolutely tiny kitchen is punching above its weight and puts out consistently good food.

In the past the menu used to be on the large blackboard in the dining room, but they’ve recently gone upmarket and removed the blackboard menu (there’s a small one for specials) and instead gone for a lamintated A4 menu – sacre bleu!

Despite the change in format the menu has remained mostly the same with the old pub favorites of steaks, mixed grills, parmas, schnitzels and daily roasts along with dishes like duck spring rolls and tex mex. There’s certainly something for everyone.

My go to dinner over the years has been the 350g Rib Eye, medium rare, creamy garlic sauce with chips (and the occassional salad) and for the vast majority of orders they have been cooked perfectly. I’ve also had the occassional parma, schnitzel and roast and they’ve all been good.

The dining room itself is quite quirky. The walls are lined with a eclectic mix of album covers, mirrors, and many pictures of Jesus.

There is also a beer garden out the back that’s nice for a summer evening but it’s a smokers haven so beware.

Come for the Jesus pictures, but stay for the food.