"I'm sorry I led you into temptation," simpers Mimi (our Adele look-a-like waitress, with a Manchester accent) as she lays down the cutlery for Ricotta Fritters ($14.50).
Dotted with chocolate chips and drizzled with warm apple blossom honey, they’re the crowning glory on a wonderfully unexpected pub meal in a venue that makes you feel like part of the family.
There’s a real chef in the kitchen - my first clue was the super-fine eschallot vinaigrette dice accompanying freshly shucked Pambula Oysters ($3.50/each).
Daniel Mulligan, who recently jumped ship from Pilu at Freshwater, aces both seafood and Italianate flavours, from Black Cobia Fillet with Cloudy Bay Clams, Artichoke and Chicory ($30)...
...to silky Kipfler Potato Gnocchi with Pork and Fennel Ragu ($24). The wine list offers up prices that suit a midweek tipple - like the 2011 Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache ($36) – but Nick Davies’ craft beer list is where the real magic is at.
From bottled beers, like the pretty To Øl Eurodancer ($12/330ml), to 20 on-tap options (with the chance to taste before you commit), it’ll keep you occupied for hours.
Try them restaurant-style with a clever plate of Seared Scallops, Pea Puree, Quail Egg, Pancetta and Pilu Bottarga ($21), or pull up a pew in the friendly front bar.
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 28th July, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-j
The Welcome Hotel
91 Evans Street, Rozelle
Ph: (02) 9810 1323