Where can I find a traditional pub? It’s a question many of you have asked, and sadly the answer seems to be getting further and further outside of Sydney. One exception, tucked inside the Sydney metro limits, is the Royal Cricketer's Arms.
With a beautiful historic frontage (it was first licensed in 1880), and a large, gently refurbished beer garden, it’s a top place to kick back over Scottish Cream Ale and take in a Ploughman’s Board ($23). With cold cuts, cheeses, rye bread, piccalilli, a boiled egg and a traditional English pork pie, the highlight of this nicely presented meal is the tart, dark, Branston pickle, full of vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.
In the entertainment stakes, there are cook-your-own steaks on a wonderfully high-temperature outdoor grill and live music, rather than the incessant jingle of pokies.
If you’d rather leave your steak in the hands of experts, the kitchen puts out a Petite Fillet Mignon ($24), wrapped in smoky bacon and dripping Café de Paris butter, with forest mushrooms and fries on the side.
Dessert - whether it's Profiteroles ($13) or in liquid form as glasses of Frangelico and lime on ice - should keep you occupied well into the night.
To get the most out of this pub, book in at Atura Blacktown for their Time Warp Package ($179/couple), a few drunken stumbles next-door.
The package includes overnight accommodation, breakfast for two and tickets to the Skyline Drive-In, with a premium option to get chauffeured and see your movie in a restored 1960s Cadillac.
Royal Cricketer's Arms
Cricketer’s Arms Road, Prospect
Ph: (02) 9622 6498