If you follow my Instagram feed you’ll see I do a fair bit of eating out and I don't mind a good bevvy as well. Everyone has their hobby and mine’s food. That doesn’t mean it’s all about oysters and champagne though, sometimes all I’m after is a good ol’ Parmi and chips to make my day.
Just the smell of a mixed grill sends me into a Homer Simpson like trance. Serve me up a Surf & Turf (or some argue it’s Reef & Beef) and I’m yours. These days I usually choose a side of vegies but I know I can always pinch a few chips from my husband’s plate when he's not looking.
Here’s how you can spend your week doing your own pub crawl around Geelong.
Monday. A night of Classics
Visit Lord of the Isles and head to Bernies Bistro to sort the crew out. There’s the Lordies Burger for Dad, Chicken Caesar for mum and the kids can pick from all the favourites, finished off with ice cream sundae and sprinkles. For the healthy option I love this idea of the “Lil tots platter” including a ham and cheese sandwich, fresh apple, carrot sticks, fruit yoghurt and fairy bread. Keep your eyes peeled while you eat as there's a high chance you might just spot a Geelong footy player.
Tuesday. The Steak Challenge
How’s this for a steak? The 1kg, Tomahawk Rib eye. Premium pasture fed beef from central Victoria, juicy and succulent, recommended to be cooked medium-well. They recommend a 40 minute wait so there’s enough time for a few frothies before the main meal at The Lord Nelson. A steak is nothing without a good sauce. It's pepper sauce for me please.
Wednesday. The Clive Parma
The Geelong Hotel is getting it right. Eat. Drink. Music and a roof top beer garden. Smash hump day right on the head and woof down your favourite parmas. For those of you who want to double up, there's the Clive Parma - a double decker parma not for the faint hearted! Wash it down with a Furphy, Geelong’s own beer by Little Creatures.
Thursday. Legs 11
Lunch it up in Geelong West, at the St George Workers Club, with a game of Bingo to start you off. I’m putting it out there, Bingo is going to be the next Hipster thing to do. After you’ve won a few bucks on the game tuck into the roast of the day smothered in gravy of course . I’m a lamb roast girl if I had my choice. After lunch spend the rest of the afternoon shopping down Pakington St.
Friday. The Luck of the Irish
In 2016, over a good pint of Guinness, four country boys fell in love with this old pub and decided Geelong needed Irish Murphy’s back in it's hotel repertoire and bought the venue back to life. So what better place is there to enjoy some great Friday night entertainment with a pint of Guinness in hand? And if you’ve got the taste for it, we recommend their Beef cheek and Guinness Pie.
Saturday. Footy Fever
If you’re heading to the footy at Kardinia Park, then the Sawyers Arms Tavern is where you might want to head. With a rich history, built in 1850, it’s a stalwart of Geelong’s pub culture. They step it up a little at the Sawyers, with a an attractive menu. I’d be tempted by the Confit duck leg with tagine of chickpeas, capsicum, tomato and coriander with minted yoghurt. The desserts sound pretty ace as well.
Sunday. Not your Traditional Sunday Roast
The week is closing in and the wallet has had a good work out. Finish the week off with a cracker of a bargain with $15 Taco & Drink night at the Elephant & Castle Hotel. Served with chips you have the option to upgrade to some comforting sides of wedges, creamy mash or roasted chat potatoes. If you cant make it on a Sunday they have some great lunch Specials from Monday to Friday. Happy days!
Now don't forget to buy a few raffle tickets on your next pub stop. You just might win the meat tray! Once you've worked through this list it's time to discover our best Fish & Chips.