Sunday pub roasts? We have a winner.

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Railway Hotel, 35 Anderson Street, Yarraville. Phone: 9687 2034

Sunday roast lunches at pubs – $10, $15, $20, $25?

Do you get what you pay for?

As far as we know, the Spottiswoode Hotel continues to offer a grand $10 deal on Sundays.

Others we know of in the inner deliver offer $20+ offerings.

This Sunday, Bennie gives up on his desire for Vietnamese tomato rice in the face of his dad’s determination to go roast.

We first head for a certain Williamstown pub we believe now has $15 roast lunches on the menu, but on arrival we discover they will not start until the following weekend.

Plan B is return home, park the car and walk to our local, the Railway Hotel, which has been advertising $18.50 Sunday roasts – sort of a middle ground price-wise , with two kinds of meat on offer.

Will it be worth the extra dollars?

We pay, get our number and wait.

 

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Bennie chooses the pork.

I try a mouthful.

Perhaps unsurprisingly it’s dry but – good stuff – tender enough.

But it IS full of strong, good piggy flavour.

The crackling is a tad salty but all of it is crisp and a joy to eat.

One pub manager has told me it’s simply impossible in regards to power bills to serve roast veggies at these sorts of prices.

That I don’t mind.

The spud is roasted and herbed and very good.

The beans, broccoli and carrots may be steamed but they are wonderful – cooked more than al dente and perfect.

 

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I select the roast beef (top photograph).

It’s fabulous.

It appears to be smothered in good gravy.

But as it turns out there is just enough gravy – and only just enough – to support the meat.

I am served three slices that are just shy of half an inch thick.

The meat is tender and tastes grand.

It breaks apart in strands that I more familiar with from dining on brisket at BBQ joints.

This is new and wonderful territory for me when it comes to roast beef.

There is so much of it, I keep offering Bennie hefty chunks even as I close in on the final slice.

“I can’t eat it all, mate!”

“That’s because you aren’t manly enough …”

I am on a serious food high as we skip down the street for some sugar and spice from our fave ice-cream joint.

The Railway Hotel Sunday roasts have convinced me that sometimes, at least, you do get what you pay for.

And it’s still a bargain.

 

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5 thoughts on “Sunday pub roasts? We have a winner.

  1. I’m sorry, I find that a poor excuse for delivering up steamed vegs. I have cooked Sunday roasts in local hotels & the basic plates were: roast meat, roast potatoes, pumpkin, onion & carrot, cauli & cheese sauce, peas, gravy & French bread & butter. The potatoes take longer to cook than the carrot & pumpkin, so what is the ‘power cost’?

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    • Hi Diana! That’s just what one pub manager told me. As I hope I made clear, I don’t mind steamed veggies in this context – especially if they’re done as well as these ones were. Do you know a pub in the western suburbs who does a roast as you describe? We’d be keen to check it out!

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  2. The 2 I cooked in are gone. Buckingham & Charlie Suttons [can’t remember real name] cnr Eleanor & Essex. I haven’t found a ‘real roast’ in the last few years, sorry. I, too, would be interested.

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  3. Intriguing to read your positive comments about the Sunday roast at Yarraville’s Railway hotel.
    Your review of the Sunday roast is a stark contrast with most Urbanspoon reviewrs who almost without exception not only “bag” the quality and cost of the food , but also the staff and even the cost of a beer i,e. Urbanspoon reviewers largely are unhappy with most aspects of the Railway Hotel.

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    • Hi there! The above review is solely about the roast lunches we had. We have also tried – and enjoyed – the $15 Tuesday parmas. Apart from that, we haven’t tried anything else – including the beer – so cannot comment. It’s far from unusual for the reviews on blogs – including this one – to differ from the general thrust of comments on Urbanspoon.

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