I had noticed the advertisement for Spitting Feathers and had to admit that the logo of a cat with a mouthful of feathers intrigued me. The mention of Sunday roast lunch in the ad was all it took for me to take the family there to give it a try.
First – find the pub! It is located on Level 1, 16 Wyndham Street and the signage is rather lost in signage for other neighbouring businesses. Walk up the flight of stairs and a surprise awaits – this is no ordinary, dingy pub. This space in an historic building has been renovated with flair and features a mix of historic and modern décor. A beautiful venue that suits adults (and families for Sunday lunch!).
The Sunday that we visited was quiet, with one table at the “drinking end” rehashing the previous night’s rugby game, while a family was finishing their lunch at the “dining end”. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and placed our order. The drinks were well priced (beer is only $8/pint) and our daughter was happy watching the music videos.
Our meals arrived – one pork and two beef (each roast meal $15). And what meals they were! Moderate servings of meat and generous servings of perfectly cooked vegetables – cauliflower, green beans and carrots, plus roasted potatoes. The servings also included two Yorkshire puddings with lots of lovely gravy. There was a good piece of crispy crackling with the pork and both English mustard and horseradish were served with the beef.
Vegetarians can opt to have the vegetables only served with vegetarian gravy.
I took a quick look at the regular meal menu and it features lots of typical pub dishes, all for under $20. There is even a quorn dish for vegetarians. Outside of meal service times a bar snack menu is available.
This is a Cheapeats find to put on your “eating and drinking in the CBD” list. Oh, and if you were wondering, “spitting feathers” is a saying meaning “really thirsty”!