Despite my ever-growing obsession with cocktails there are times when I just feel like going to a pub, playing a game of pool and sinking a few beers – which explains why the Amazonian Croatian and I have lately found ourselves going to the Newington Inn in Petersham.
They’ve got a house cat that sometimes acts like a hussy by jumping onto your lap, a fireplace and pool tables (and why have so many pubs gotten rid of their tables?) – but the real reason we go is because of the outdoor barbecue.
For just $15 (at least on Mondays and Tuesdays) you can get two steaks and barbecue them yourself on the outside grill. Call me cheap but that appeals to me.
The steaks vary in size – the last time I went, a friend of the Amazonian scored a thick juicy scotch while my scotch was a pitiful looking thing (and I really don’t think the Amazonian’s friend needed to gloat about it) – but at $7.50 each (as well as a potato and salad) it’s such good value that it seems petty to complain. Not that that’s ever stopped me before.
They also have sausages, prawn skewers and fish parcels, although neither the Croatian nor I liked the fish when we tried it (we couldn’t decide whether we didn’t like the type of fish itself or the marinade it was in). In other words, we’re sticking with steak from now on.
There’s also a jukebox with a daggy selection of 80s music (which I find inexplicably improves my pool playing abilities) and a nude painting on the wall that … well, I’m not sure how to describe that.
Unlike most of the places Bar Zine reviews, this isn’t exactly a temple of brilliant cocktails, wine or haute cuisine – but sometimes, in the middle of the week, it’s nice to tone things down in a place where no-one’s going to judge you on what you’re wearing (which might explain the proliferation of trackies I usually see there).
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate The Newington Inn?
Newington Inn Hotel, 292 – 294 Stanmore Road, Petersham. Phone 9568 3703.