The Salisbury is an unassuming Aussie pub, with all the usual pub activities, poker machine rooms, a public bar and a sports area for the punters. There are no signs of gentrification or nods to fashion here, the colour scheme is decidedly stuck in the ‘90’s and will give you feelings of deja vu but don’t be put off – this is a comfy, friendly, reliable neighbourhood venue that has great, authentic Greek food as well as pub standards cooked very well indeed.
Best of all, for the weary parent, out the back in the beer garden is a glassed in playroom with plenty of toys and a wall of chalkboard for the kids to scribble on. It’s pretty sound proof so you don’t need to feel like your eardrums will burst while you wait for your meal to arrive and your kids are going beserk! Though of course, this being Stanmore there is the regular sound of airplanes over head to compete with anyway.
The menu is peppered with all the standard pub classics, spag bol, sirloin steaks and seafood options such as salt and pepper calamari and grilled salmon. But the standout thing about the Salisbury is the Greek cooking. Everything is prepared from scratch with a no frills, home cooked slant. The seafood Bar-B-Q and moussaka are popular and the pastries, like spanakopita and apple Milopita are horse shoe shaped, crispy, fluffy filo and are absolutely delicious – no soggy microwaved versions here.
The kids menu is pretty standard (schnitzel & fish and chips) and includes an ice cream dessert. But there’s plenty for junior gastronomes to enjoy on the adult menu too, even a scaled down version of the spanakopita which is available as a side dish.
The Salisbury is the perfect ‘come as you are’ relaxed pub where you don’t have to have little angels and kids can be kids. An excellent choice for a home cooked meal when you are just too exhausted to cook yourself.