I had my first rugby experience the other weekend. It seems that both Aussies and Kiwis alike come out of the woodworks at The Albion in Cottesloe on Saturday nights (my kiwi included). The atmosphere is really comfortable here- cosy, traditional, with a slight rusticness due to the decor (which I love). This place has character, with old ships presented up on walls, street signs and stuffed animals. Kind of reminds you of what a favourite large country pub might be like, with it’s stone walls and sturdy jarrah bar. The best part is the old carriage at the back where you can sit and have your food. Awesomeness.
The place is sort of split into two parts- the sports area on one side ( good sized tv for all to see), and the eating area, where parents feel comfortable bringing their kids for a meal. There’s tv’s scattered around so you can watch from pretty much any corner of this place. But the best part is being able to hear the tv, and still hear yourselves talk (Although, yes, I know well enough, don’t talk during the game 😉 )
As for the food, I certainly scoffed it fast enough. But I’m surprised at the pubs I’ve been checking out recently. I’d expect $25 for a tapas plate at a restaurant, but for 3 risotto balls, 3 slices of turkish bread, some sausage, a small bowl of feta and olives and a heck of a lot of lettuce… I dunno, but you won’t find me eating at pubs that often with prices like that. In saying that, it was good, but not $25 good.
Even the burgers, at $20, no doubt, and the beef and Guiness pie at $21… This is pub food we’re talking about, not some special gourmet burger (Grill’d does burgers cheaper!!).
Either way, great character, great place, great for a drink whilst watching the rugby.