Lunching at the Australian Hotel in The Rocks
Lunching at the Australian Hotel in The Rocks

Lunching at the Australian Hotel in The Rocks

The Rocks area of Sydney is steeped in history, so whilst on our tour of Sydney Sights & Landmarks we decided to choose somewhere historic for a lunch break. As soon as I saw the Australian Hotel I knew I wanted to eat there.

Australian Hotel - The Rocks

Australian Hotel – The Rocks

The Australian Hotel is such a distinctive triangular shaped building, with so many original features. I just loved the look of this grand, old style, Edwardian pub. It was fabulous to see how beautifully maintained the building was, it added a real sense of history to the street.

The Australian Heritage Hotel Menu

The Australian Heritage Hotel Menu

I took a look inside at the menu, and had a quick peek at the food which was being delivered to tables. The lunch menu included a delicious range of gourmet pizza’s, salads and tasty looking burgers.

More Gourmet Pizza's The Australian Hotel Menu

More Gourmet Pizza’s The Australian Hotel Menu

We took a seat at the outside tables and checked out the menu more closely. Usually I would choose a salad but after doing our walking tour through The Rocks I wanted something more substantial.

The Australian Hotel The Rocks

The Australian Hotel The Rocks

We decided to order some pizza’s to share.  Trying to narrow down the order to just three was difficult! I wanted to try a slice of ALL of them.

The Coat of Arms Pizza

The Coat of Arms Pizza

We eventually settled on three large pizzas. The first was the “Coat of Arms” pizza which was half Emu and half Pepper Kangaroo. The additional toppings included red onion, bush tomato, capsicum and cranberries.

Roast Pork Belly Pizza

Roast Pork Belly Pizza

We also couldn’t go past the Roast Pork Belly with soused onion, capsicum fresh apple and, best of all CRACKLING! YUM!

Meditereannean Pizza

Meditereannean Pizza

The final pizza was the Mediterranean Pizza which had a pesto and tomato sauce base, garlic chicken, kalamata olives Spanish onion and roasted eggplant topped with mozzarella cheese.

The Australian Beer Selection & Old Taps

The Australian Beer Selection & Old Taps

The beer choices at the Australian Hotel are pretty extensive. After speaking with the bar tender I discovered there were at least 100 beers on offer.  If you were staying in The Rocks area for a few days you might want to pick up a beer passport. The friendly staff stamp your passport each time you try each one of the beers.  I’m guessing this is a popular game for the neighbouring YHA guests.

The Australian Boutique Beer

The Australian Boutique Beer

We also noticed a chalk drawing of the Australian Map on the wall near the bar. Upon further investigation we found that the map was actually a beer tasting challenge which ends in a complimentary Schaffers Lager.

Aussie Beer Road Trip at The Australian Hotel

Aussie Beer Road Trip at The Australian Hotel

Sight seeing is pretty thirst work so Brett & I decided to share a tasting paddle of beers to rehydrate ourselves. There were quite a few beers Brett hadn’t seen before, so he chose a selection of these for our paddle.

The Australian was a great choice for lunch, really casual environment with delicious food, friendly staff and plenty of historic atmosphere.

Beer Tasting Paddle

Beer Tasting Paddle

Oh, I had a quick read of the history behind the Australian Hotel and found it was first licensed in 1832.  At that time it was located on George street.  When the plague epedemic hit Sydney in 1900, the building was condemned.  A new home for the Australian Hotel was found in Cumberland St.

Do you like knowing the history behind an area you visit. Would you be more likely to stop at The Australian Hotel for lunch or would you choose a regular cafe?

The Australian Heritage Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Australian Hotel

100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Ph: 02 9247 2229

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  1. Oh I’ve missed you! We’ve had a few changes on the blog that have had me kinda tied up lately, and I’ve been looking forward to getting back to reading blogs I enjoy (like yours! 😀 ). This post was such a great place to start! I can totally relate to the foodie-centric thought of “There’s a cool building. Neat! I want to eat there!” Haha – when I’m traveling, scoping out cool places to eat is pretty much priority #1! And I just love living vicariously through you … Emu and Kangaroo Pizza, for example. Nope, we sure don’t have that here in Ohio! Some day, I’ve GOT to get me some! It’s good to be back … you guys are a blast to “hang out with”! 😀

    • Oh ?? thanks so much Shelley! It makes me so happy to hear that people like my stories. ??? The Australian was the perfect place to eat because we were showing a visiting French exchange student around. It was awesome to be able to order Kangaroo and Emu for her ??

  2. I have walked past this place so many times and have never eaten there. This might be the catalyst for me Julie…it sounds good. PS: Love the beer pic!

  3. *huge smile* Reading that menu one cannot but surmise most of those bringing in the dollars are visiting us from other lands! Believe this is what Down Under cuisine must be about!@! Oh what fun for locals to look’see in that case! Looked at that beer tasting paddle and thought you would need an afternoon nap later . . . hmm, wine drinker me did not take into account the total alcohol content would probably have been all of three of my glasses . . . more than manageable methinks 🙂 !

    • Hehe! I might have had the beer up to my mouth but there is no way I could have more than a mouthful whilst doing a walking tour of Sydney in Summer!! I would be caught napping under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

  4. This sounds like a classically Australian lunch spot 🙂 Thanks for sharing photos of the menus – I always like to read all the dishes on offer!

  5. I’ve only been there once but their pizzas are so well known and if I were a visitor I’d definitely stop in if only just to try the coat of arms pizza! 😀

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