When winter rolls around, the al fresco lunches are off the table, so we need to start looking indoors for a great meal experience. Well, look no further than your classic English pub.
The Duke of Clarence in Clarence St City is just such a place. Warm, inviting and deliciously authentic, the pub has only been here for 18 months, with the fit-out and furniture being brought in direct from the Old Dart.
The menu is full of British deliciousness, too – like the Ploughman’s Pale with a pork pie and sharp cheddar, the fun fish-finger sandwiches and the pillow-like Scotch eggs.
And if you like a roast, then pop in on a Sunday. They do four sittings, with a choice of beef, pork, chicken or vegetables.
Over in Woollahra, the Lord Dudley has been serving up great beer and great food for over a century. You could sit for hours in the history-filled front bar, but there’s some real joy to be found in the back dining room.
Tuck into a real winter warming pie served with peas and mash. When we dropped in, it was lamb, green peppercorns and vegetables, but it changes regularly. The Dud is also known for its Sunday roast, which also changes week to week.
If you feel like something a little lighter, there’s always a pasta dish, like the prawn linguine with rocket and chilli. Or maybe save yourself for dessert, like the decadent sticky date pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
Whatever you do, make a sticky date for an English pub lunch. It really is the best of British.