The Willoughby Hotel dates back to 1899 and was once known as the finest building in the northern suburbs of Sydney. After nearly being demolished in 1940, it went on to be fully restored in 1988. This iconic building is a favourite for locals and is also known for its boutique hand-crafted beer.
The bistro won the 2013 ‘Best Casual Dining Venue’ at the Australian Hotel Association (AHA) awards. The head chef, Jason Lucus, aims to bring an exotic twist to typical pub fare. Every Thursday, enjoy two-for-one main meals for lunch and dinner from their dedicated menu. On Monday nights, choose from 3 pastas, all for $10.
The kids menu is well priced with all four options costing $6.50. Choose from fish and chips; chicken tenderloins with mash and vegetables; nuggets and chips; or spaghetti Napolitana. We found all the kids meals delicious and the portion sizes large enough to be shared. The focus here is on high quality produce and even though the Willoughby Hotel doesn’t offer some of the child-friendly amenities you will find in other pubs, you can rest assured the little ones will be eating well.
Their signature steaks start at $22 for a 300g rump steak to $34 for a 300g Striploin from Gippsland, Vic. Another popular menu item is the Wagyu Beef Burger ($18) which was succulent and tasty with a side of chips. For something light, the steamed king prawns with pink grapefruit was tangy, fresh and delicious ($16).
For a healthy and delicious family meal you can’t go past the Willoughby Hotel. They are also a great option for mothers groups during the week with plenty of room for prams and corner seating to the left of the bar which is great for little ones.