The Gastronomic Pub Crawl of Fitzroy; The British Crown Hotel
Russell Degnan

14 Smith Street, Collingwood
(Corner Smith and Mason Street)

Down the bad end of Smith Street, where the businesses look perennially closed and certainly not hip, and the food tends to fast; the exterior of British Crown Hotel hints at being an old school watering hole for the dissipating working class. It is not though; having been recently refurbished, it is a relatively bland and extremely spacious modern pub: copious tv screens, polished surfaces, and an enormous beer garden. Not that there is anything wrong with those things; and I am sure it piles the punters in on a Saturday.

The bar menu, like the pub, hints at a strategy of quantity over quality. The parmas are cheap - standard sized - but only $9.90 (as is the steak). They come in multiple pizza-like flavours, from which I chose the Hawaiian, with chips and an oily salad I couldn't finish. It is hard to do a bad parma, and this was not a bad parma; but nor was it a good one. The chicken was a little dry, the crumb fairly boring, the chips nothing special. If you lived next door it would be a good home substitute, but it isn't worth travelling for.

The Short: For functions, super-cheap parmas and certain types of nights out

Next Week: Bell's Hotel (Corner Coventry and Moray Street)

Melbourne Town 8th December, 2013 22:33:26   [#]