Perched on a balcony at the end of a peninsula my dining companion dubbed “the uvula of Sydney Harbour” I survey the view.
The wide, comfortable verandah affords a view of the Iron Cove, Anzac and Sydney Harbour bridges; a vista only improved by fireworks (thanks to Sydney Opera House’s 40th Birthday).
The upstairs theming feels post-Colonial...
...with wide bamboo ceiling fans, wall-mounted stag horns (a nice change from those ever-present plywood deer heads) and uber-comfortable leather safari chairs.
They’ve eschewed most of the obvious renovated pub fare in favour of a more chic than shabby collection of British comfort food...
...from pot pies to Ploughman’s lunches; Cornish pasties to scones with clotted cream.
The theme even carries through to antique plates.
Excellent house-made Pickled Vegetables ($10)...
...and Potted Crab ($14) keep me happy through Game, Set & Match ($30) – a jug of Chambord and Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum lengthened with fruit and lemonade.
Tea-soaked raisins and a hint of Keen’s Curry Powder in the vinaigrette raise the Poached Chicken and Mango Salad ($18) beyond usual pub salads.
Crisp Skinned Confit Duck Leg ($26) on Savoy cabbage with chestnuts and figs was let down by an oversweet jus...
....but don’t let that stop you from making your safari to the wilds of Woolwich.
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 3rd November, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-november-3
Woolwich Pier Hotel
2 Gale Street, Woolwich
Ph: (02) 9817 2204