The Brunswick Hotel

The ‘super-schnitzel’ was the initial driving force behind The Brunswick Hotel’s popularity. The Two Girls reviewed the pub in one of our first blog posts, seven years ago. Like us, they’ve been going strong ever since.

Seven years ago there was an entire menu dedicated to the parmi complemented with another menu of contemporary pub fare. At that time, the old CBD haunt had recently undergone a massive face lift. The new owners had created a stylish, welcoming, inner-city destination.

The Two Girls were pleased to recently be invited over for dinner by Manager, Bentley Deegan, to check out the latest iteration of their constantly evolving menu.

The current menu is divided into plates to share, mains and desserts. They’re able to straddle the tapas-style eating that is popular among Hobart eateries right now and more traditional pub meals. The share plates equally accommodate the need for an entrée too. The dedicated parmi menu may be a thing of the past but it’s not forgotten. You’ll find one parmi option for the nostalgic. Big mains servings are a homage to classic pub food. They’re served with diverse accompaniments ensuring the pub meals remain next level. As testament to their moving with the times they’ve presented their menu with discrete listings for the vegetarian/vegan and the gluten-free too. For a kitchen run by trained pastry chef Tony, the dessert menu is brief, but delivers.

What we ate:

  • Pulled ham hock croquettes with tomato relish, $16 (4 pieces)
  • East Coast calamari with baba ganoush, chorizo, gremolata and parsnip chips, $18.50
  • Sheffield Lamb rump in preserved lemon, rosemary and garlic with lemon potato, tzatziki and Greek salad, $28.50
  • Chicken parmi with house made tomato Napoli, basil, grilled bacon, cheese and chips, $24
  • Nuts about Sunday, $12.50, housemade peanut butter ice cream with butterscotch sauce, walnut brittle, peanut biscuits and Reeces pieces butter cups.

The croquettes were an excellent value, meaty density coated with a fine breadcrumb and accompanied by a tasty sauce. Notwithstanding our earlier comment, this plate is best suited to sharing because it is quite substantial. Lovers of a good croquette, we managed to get through them. We chose the calamari on Bentley’s fine recommendation and it was the pick of the dishes on our visit. The combinations on this plate aren’t intuitive to This Girl but they really worked. They were tied together with tremendous smoky flavours shared by the grilled calamari, chorizo and the eggplant in the baba ganoush and the embellishments enhanced the dish.

This Girl had a hankering for fried chicken and chips so the parmi was perfect. The chicken hadn’t suffered the slings and arrows of an outrageous meat mallet. It was thick and juicy, could fit on its plate, and was loaded with toppings, the basil being a major highlight because it easily held its own amongst its peers. The Other Girl went for the lamb which was a beautiful piece of meat with its lemony additions. The freshness of the tzatziki and Greek salad went perfectly with the smoky flavours of the tender lamb.

I literally took home most of my parmi but managed to squeeze dessert in anyway – a Sunday with chocolate, nuts and brittle – seemed too good to deny oneself. It was a fun, tasty dessert and substantial enough to share. Other desserts on the menu at the same price included an apple and custard crumble and a white chocolate brik with poached pear, honeycomb and chocolate sauce.

The Brunswick understands how important local produce is to Tassie dinners and they’re sourcing product from renown suppliers statewide and the chicken is free-range which is always good news.

The Brunswick has a terrific outdoor area known as the Brunswick Lane which extends from the street along the length of the building to a courtyard at the back. If that sounds more like a summer option to you, then there’s a cozy open fire in the front bar.

The Brunswick has a richer history than the legacy of their $5 parmis. Dean Baird, the architect of the current fit out told us previously:

“The Brunswick is one of the last remaining pubs on Liverpool Street. It has an amazing history, a secret underground vault, a history of illegal distilling, the infamous barmaid Fat Mary, and was built prior to Charles Darwin visiting Hobart as part of the now famous ‘Origin of the Species’ expedition.

“Built in 1826, it mysteriously burnt down in 1925 and reopened in 1926 with its current facade. Named after Caroline of Brunswick……What a great history!!! And most important of all – The Brunswick lives on!”

The revamp of the Brunswick Hotel has arguably helped revitalise Hobart’s CBD, breathing some life into our after hours city. It’s a terrific pub that is a comfortable place for singles, couples or groups and there’s always something good on the menu. They often have live music too.

The Brunswick Hotel is located at 67 Liverpool Street Hobart. Call them on 03 6234 4981. Find out more on their website – The Brunswick Hotel 

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