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Review - The Bank Hotel

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Rather than just selling the mythology of localism – that you want to drink where everybody knows your name – The Bank Hotel actually does it.

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Over a schooner of Young Henry’s Natural Lager ($6.30) Licensee Jake Toivenen explains: “We know the guys that make this.” Jake drinks in their brewery - it’s just down the road. Another local business, Pat & Sticks, provide the sweeties (ice cream sandwiches) for the new bistro menu. (Yes, they’ve moved on from Sumalee Thai).


With the last reno. about six years ago, they’re in a period of metamorphosis, under new owners Solotel.

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Whilst street level is mostly unchanged, descend to check out kick-arse, all-weather beer garden: hanging lanterns, a wooden atrium and overhead ceramic heaters providing curtains of warm air.


It’s just the spot to devour a wintery 350g Pork Cutlet ($21) with Irish champ cake, porky red cabbage and baked apples.


Snack on Sticky Lamb Ribs ($13) with lemon yoghurt;


...a retro-kitsch Smoked Oyster Tin ($12) or...

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...go vego. with tasty Baked Eggs, Tomato Sugo, Tuscan Beans and Charred Bread ($14) – nice with 2012 Eden Road Pinot Noir ($9/glass).


The rest of the refit is slated to be ready by the time this year’s Fringe Festival descends – yes, another local win.

*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 26th May, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-may-26

The Bank
324 King Street, Newtown
Ph: (02) 8568 1900

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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 29th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
That food looks yummy and reasonably priced and not to fancy a place that I will feel out of place and uncomfortable!

While I do like going fancy once a year or so, I usually just eat pub food etc. I think you would write an amazing guide or book to NSW pub food!
May. 30th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Yum!
Did you see the one I wrote about recently in Cessnock? Was a pub but had great food!
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