The Salty Dog Hotel

Find a picnic table, grab a bean bag, or throw a blanket down on the grass. The sign says No Dogs Allowed. Children play in the sandpit. And with the dogs. There is always a crowd, enjoying the afternoon sun and a beer. It’s one of the hottest places to be, and not just in Kingston. The Salty Dog has brought back the Sunday session and it is going gang-busters. Why wouldn’t you want to enjoy a couple of cold bevvies, relaxing with your mates beachside and listening to live music.

The crowds began to swell last winter. We’d noticed its growing popularity as we passed on our Sunday afternoon beach runs. We began stopping in for a celebratory coldie once we’d finished and our heat rates had recovered. Now the Salty Dog is firmly our local. Hobart’s summer is so glorious, the Salty Dog Hotel is a great place to spend an hour or many. Live music is a treat and we’ve enjoyed a couple of stand out performers on a Sunday afternoon. Now we’re farming peeps, up at dawn and in bed by…I don’t want to talk about it, it’s terrific to get access to local musicians. A recent Sunday was the Undergrads, girl and guy with guitar, effortlessly crooning out some contemporary tunes.

I’ve gone for an Aperol Spritz the last couple of Sundays, and the Lovely Deputy, has had whatever Moo Brew is on tap.

We’ve had a few meals there since our first visit and it’s a great place for casual eating and a local option for us when we don’t feel like cooking. Wanting a break from the kitchen and the constant monotony of washing up, we headed down with the young’uns after Christmas.

What we ate:

Kedgeree with poached eggs, Indian spiced lentils, rice, avocado, zucchini, peas and spinach, $19.

Chicken parmigiana, crumbed chicken breast with Asian slaw, tomato relish, carrot, caramelised onion, beetroot carrot and raita served with chips, $20.

Hotdog Huon valley lean beef and pork frankfurt with relish from the kid’s menu, $9.

Stir fry calamari with vegetables and black bean sauce, $18.

The kedgeree and parmigiana were classed as mains and were both decent sized meals. I chose the kedgeree, which is not overly spicy if that worries you, and I literally took half of it home. It was great for lunch the next day. Skater boy, with his 19-year-old metabolism was almost defeated by the parmigiana. It was a very close call.

The hotdog and squid were designed as smaller meals and both hit the mark with the intended audience. Particularly since both were supported by sides of chips.

The menu is modern pub food. You’ll find a broad range of options with something for everyone: meals you’d expect to see on a pub menu and a couple of different plates to keep things interesting, all at affordable prices.

I’ve also enjoyed the fish and chips, fresh beer battered fish, served with chips, tartare and garden salad, $26, several times including our visit last week. The Lovely Deputy chose the steamed caramel pork and shitake buns with caramel cider, $12, after a big lunch. There’s plenty to keep you content and full on this menu.

The Salty Dog is located at 2 Beach Road, Kingston Beach.

Make a reservation by calling 03 6229 6185.

Summer hours December – May, 10 am – late except Good Friday.

Here’s a link to their webpage – The Salty Dog.

Find their current menu and follow them on Facebook – The Salty Dog Hotel 

A post from our winter visit in their early days – Salty Dog.

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