Monday night saw the announcement of the Good Food Pub Food Guide 2014 awards in Sydney.
More than 100 reviewers participated in the 2014 guide, which includes up-to-date information on more than 400 hotels across New South Wales.
Fifteen pubs received three schooners, the top honours of the awards.
The Woolwich Pier Hotel took the title as the eftpos Best Pub as it’s a “shining example” of what a pub is all about, from its menu to its vista of the river, its children-friendly atmosphere and its service, the guide said.
Guide editor Keith Austin described The Woolwich Pier Hotel as typical of a “NSW’s modern pub scene”.
Best Newcomer Hotel was awarded to Marrickville’s The Henson, which is considered a pub for the whole community.
“It has a playground out the back….and there’s even a pub that had clowns to entertain the kids," Austin said.
In terms of the most family-friendly hotel, however, Good Food crowned The Belrose Hotel in Belrose for its jungle-themed playground and friendly staff.
And with the burger trend still going strong, The Commercial Hotel in Gerry was praised for its rendition of a pub burger: saltbush lamb with beetroot, caramelised onion and a side of sweet potato rounds with mayonnaise and curry-spice dip.
According to Austin, some of the biggest changes in the pub world include the move to cater to more families by offering family-friendly settings as well as a move to improve the quality of food and drinks on offer, including making ingredients in-house and sourcing quality craft beers.