The Gastronomic Pub Crawl of North Melbourne:
Castle Hotel
Russell Degnan

56 Courtney St. North Melbourne
(corner of Courtney, Arden, Wreckyn and Chetwynd Streets)

Having extensively sampled the delights of my far too convenient local, the Albion Hotel, we recently decided to embark on a tour of other local establishments.

Once known as the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, now, by its more boring monicur the Castle Hotel the architecture of this pub is an interesting mix of suburban 70s style glass window, open interiors, lounge atmosphere, and restaurant style tables, with a 19th century traditional bar, backroom and exterior structure. Its other major drawcards are a couple of tv screens with foxtel, a pool table out back, and a fireplace (albeit not used to full effect). I didn't look to see what beers they had on tap, my apologies to all the drunks reading.

Tuesdays (and Mondays) are good days to visit as everything on the menu is capped at $11. However fair warning that a lot of people seem to think it is a good day to visit because the place is packed, and finding a table a little problematic. The surroundings reflect the clientele, a well-heeled mixture of baby boomers, the odd family, and young singles. Nice, without pretentions, but not particularly interesting either.

The food fits roughly the same description. I've eaten here often enough and not had a bad meal, but there is nothing special about it either. My choice last night, fish and chips was neither too big nor too small and tasty. The chips and salad were not bad, and given the number of patrons the service was pretty quick.

The short: A nice place to take your parents.

Next week: The Metropolitan Hotel (corner of Courtney and Blackwood Streets).[1]

[1] Any interested locals reading. We'll be there from 7:30pm on Tuesday (9th). Drop me an email if you are coming.

Melbourne Town 4th August, 2005 01:18:32   [#]