Newport Bowls Club, 4 Market Street, Newport. Phone: 9391 1212
Lawn bowls – any kind of bowls, for that matter – do not ride highly in the CTS sports world.
But I do love hanging out for a while in a bowls club – they’re so prevalent in Melbourne, it’s hard not to spend some time in them, be it for a gig a feed or … maybe even for a game of bowls.
Newport Bowls Club is a classic of the old-school.
And like many such institutions, it’s making good efforts at making itself part of the local community beyond bowls players.
It hosts the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and holds other music events.
On the Sunday I visit, a large group of young families – including many bubs – is in the house to enjoy the $20 offer of barefoot bowls in conjunction with a special menu.
I’m in the house for the $10 Sunday roast (see menus below).
What looks like a modest and even perhaps drab meal is very enjoyable.
The roast beef is well done without being dry and is pretty good.
But it’s the vegetables that star – the al dente cauliflower and superb roast spuds are particularly memorable.
I’m easily persuaded to partake of the member-created sticky date pudding ($7).
It appears to be of modest dimensions but turns out to be quite filling.
Even better, it a has lightness of texture and flavour that is sublime – with a generous gob of ice cream doing the business, I can easily imagine I’m desserting at a fancy restaurant somewhere!
Check out the club’s website here.