Pub Dining

So there I was on the weekend dining in two completely different pubs,
both enjoyable for quite different reasons. Saturday was Tumbulgum
Pub, a vast sprawling place opposite the river in the cute historic
village, where you absolutely have to book it is so wildly popular.
Lunching with ladies involved superb gravlax with a whipped
horseradish cream and a pile of toast; very comfort-food lambs fry and
chunky bacon; huge garlic prawns in a creamy sauce with jasmine rice.
A bottle of NZ sav blanc as the river caught the sun and bounced it
back to the wooden deck. Then Sunday night just as a storm broke in
Byron Bay a friend and I shared the best pumpkin, pesto and goats
cheese pizza at the nearly-empty Hotel Great Northern. Disappointed
that the pork belly, blue cheese and pear one was unavailable. On a
pizza, imagine! Sadly my subsequent (and entirely unnecessary, mind
you) atlantic salmon was a bit overcooked and Janine’s sausages and
mash basic beyond belief. It was, however, only $10! I’d go back for
the pizzas. Beautiful, and bases quite perfect! Easily a
two-kilo-gained weekend that one…

About victoria

Author of the gastro-memoir 'Amore&Amaretti: A Tale of Love an Food in Tuscany', I am a Byron Shire-based food and travel writer, food columnist, cooking teacher, recipe editor and chef. Born in Canberra, ACT, I have a BA in languages although am only really passionate about the Italian one, in which I am fluent, having spent four years in Tuscany in my late twenties, and returning reasonably frequently ever since. Despite that, my partner of many years, a wonderful artist, clothes designer and aged carer, is half-Greek!
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One Response to Pub Dining

  1. Jane says:

    As I remember, the company was pretty good at Tumbulgum too.
    I would happily go back for another satisfying lunch at this pub. With the same ladies, of course!

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