Thirty minutes and thirty years from Sydney is a pub where strangers talk to one another...
...and Bar Manager John Mundy uses common sense and conversation to enforce the rule of law.
Over a malty pint of Old Speckled Hen ($11.50) you might enquire after his glass jar of Pickled Eggs ($1.10/each).
You can eat “the manager’s hangover cure” doused in Worcestershire and Tabasco at the bar, or experiment with John’s “English breakfast in a bag” by dipping them into pork crackling pounded into dust.
It’s the kind of pub you’ll feel right at home in, whether you’re a regular propping up the bar, or a city slicker on the back verandah...
...cooing over sunset reflected on a neighbouring house across a field of swaying paspalum, while live act Imogen Clark warms up.
Staying next door at Atura, I also wandered up during daylight hours for lunch.
While I tucked into traditional Toad in the Hole ($21), baking three good-quality English pork sausages into a Yorkshire pudding, with mash and onion gravy...
...my dining companion...
...flexed his cooking prowess on their new, high-tech grill.
Balancing James Squire The Chancer ($9/pint) in one hand, he perfected grill marks...
...on his Grass-fed Sirloin ($27/250g) with a wide grin.
Grain-fed beef and Snags ($20/3) are also available.
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK segment on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 4th May, 2014: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-may-4
Royal Cricketers Arms
Cricketers Arms Road, Prospect
Ph: (02) 9622 6498