May 6th, 2013

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - The Hotel Marlborough


Step back into the hyper-real backyard of your nostalgic childhood past at the Garden Bar.

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It’s not just Kodachrome colours, Astroturf and exposed bricks (from that reno. Dad never quite finished), the food’s also got a nostalgic vibe.

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There’s the classic Backyard Platter ($18) of cubed cheddar, cabanossi, French onion dip and Jatz, or the dish my Mum thought...


...was the height of sophistication – the Prawn Cocktail ($19) with iceberg lettuce, dill, witlof and cocktail sauce.

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It goes down a treat with a bottle of Le Chat Noir Rose ($30/bottle).

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You’ll also find pub-classic Aussie burgers and...


...moist Roast Chook ($18) with coleslaw and golden spuds.

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But what about the hipsters, I hear you cry?


With time at both The Abercrombie and The Norfolk, tattooed Chef Ernie Priestley is well equipped to cope.


He’s dishing them up an updated Lamington ($9) and American-style waffles with trendy savoury toppings like Momma’s Chicken ($8) and The Philly Cheese Experiment ($8).

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They arrive in plastic 'peg' baskets (which make them slightly hard to eat).


The baskets work better for Ernie’s excellent Fish Fingers ($12).

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Their passage is eased by a simple yet compelling Gin & Juice ($15).

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It's a clever recipe of Tanqueray, blackcurrant and pink grapefruit juice that might even pop up at my next BBQ...

*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 5th May, 2013:

The Hotel Marlborough
145 King Street, Newtown
Ph: (02) 9519 1222

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