After visiting a couple of wineries at Pepper Tree Wines and Tower Estate, our stomachs were crying out for food. And the timing was perfect because it was exactly lunch time too. We did a quick search with the map from our hotel and saw that Harrigan’s Irish Pub was nearby, so we decided to give it a go. The place was pretty crowded with customers dining alfresco and a band playing as well, but we managed to get a table indoors pretty quick. Orders were placed and paid for at the cashier, so don’t expect anyone to come and take your orders.
Inside Harrigan’s Irish Pub
Saucer ordered the Gourmet Steak Sandwich that was a 150gram scotch fillet char grilled served on thick cut bread with mesculin lettuce, sliced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, beetroot chutney and served with diamond cut chips. Saucer said he was not asked to choose the doneness of the steak during order and was slightly disappointed that it came out to be a tad well-done. Thankfully the beetroot chutney was quite tasty and helped to alleviate the fact that the steak was a little dry. For me, I thought the ace was the chips! It could be the way they cut or fried them, but I found them to be darn addictive! They remained crispy the whole time we had lunch, and were cut with just the right thickness. I seldom finish up chips when dining out, but I polished them off that day.
Saucer and his lunch
Gourmet Steak Sandwich (AUD21.90)
As for me, I went Irish and ordered one of their national food – Pork Bangers and Mash. This was a dish of traditional Irish pork sausages served on a bed of creamy
mash potato topped with Kilkenny caramelized onions and rich brown gravy. I always thought that having just sausages for a meal wouldn’t be filling enough, but I was wrong. These bangers were compact and flavourful, and I had a hard time even finishing it after my second sausage! That was not a complaint, by the way, because the bangers were really bouncy and juicy. Not forgetting its loyal companion, the mash was smooth and creamy, perfect with the brown gravy. I really enjoyed my lunch that day.
Pork bangers and mash (AUD19.90)
Bouncy and juicy sausage
Lunch at Harrigan’s
After lunch, we took a walk outside the pub there there was a band playing contemporary songs. The atmosphere was quite festive, with patrons cheering and clapping at the end of each performance. There was also a liquor shop next to the pub, selling what appeared to be cartons and cartons of beer.
Band playing outside Harrigan’s Irish Pub
So if you’re ever tired of wines (I don’t know why that might be), do drop by Harrigan’s for a dose of Irish beer and yummy pub grub. I found that they lined our stomachs pretty well for our next rounds of wine-tasting in Hunter Valley!
Harrigan’s Irish Pub at Hunter Valley
Harrigan’s Irish Pub
Hunter Valley Gardens
Pokolbin NSW 2320
Tel No:+61(2) 4998 4300
Fax No: +61(2) 4998 7854
Opening Hours: Breakfast (7.00am-10.30am) Lunch (12pm-3pm) Dinner (6pm-9pm)