This has been updated for September 2017
Us Aussies love a good pub.
Whether you go for the classic chicken schnitzel, the steak and chips, a juicy burger, or something a bit more adventurous, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to a pub meal and an icy cold beer with friends and family.
We’ve read through your comments and critiques and put together a list of the top 4 best pub meals in Canberra. Try one, or try them all. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
What Makes a Great Pub Meal?
There are okay pub meals, and then there are excellent pub meals that keep you coming back again and again.
So, what separates the average from the incredible? Here are the five characteristics the best pubs in Canberra all share.
- A classic menu. When we go to the pub, we want pub food. Think burgers, steaks, fish and chips, schnitzels, and chicken parmas. Top things off with a side of beer-battered chips and a fresh garden salad. Perfection.
- A menu with more adventurous options. Alongside the classics, the best pubs offer something a little bit different.
- Fresh ingredients. There’s nothing worse than frozen fish, week-old veggies, and mash made from powder. The best pub meals showcase fresh, local produce.
- Price. It’s a pub, not a fine dining restaurant. Prices should be modest, and a $10 lunch deal never hurt!
- Atmosphere. The best pubs have a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere. You should be comfortable and relaxed, not awkward and out-of-place.
The 4 Best Pub Meals in Canberra According to You
So, what are the best pubs in Canberra?
According to our commenters, the following four pubs tick all the boxes, serving up great meals time and time again.
Remember, if your favourite pub isn’t on our list, leave it in the comments below. We want to know your go-to Canberra pub.
Walsh’s Hotel in Queanbeyan
Great food, entertainment, and a family-friendly vibe? Sounds perfect. Walsh’s Hotel is an iconic pub in the Canberra region offering classic pub fare, live music, a wide variety of beers, sports on the big screen, and even yabbie racing!
Sit back and relax in the delightful beer garden, as the friendly and professional staff make your evening one to remember. They even offer a free shuttle bus service to take you home safely after 6 pm on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays.
One of our commenters, Phend, has had great experiences at Walsh’s Hotel in Queanbeyan. “Walsh’s Hotel in Queanbeyan has the best parma I’ve ever eaten,” they wrote. “Good steaks too.”
The Royal Hotel in Queanbeyan
Originally built in 1926, and re-established in 2012, the Royal Hotel is a pub serving up classic and fine food, delicious cocktails, and a huge selection beers. The impeccable renovation of this historic pub won the Best Redeveloped Country Hotel in both NSW and Australia.
The Royal Hotel hosts live entertainment on Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon, and serves up an exciting, ever-changing menu that offers everything from homemade sausages and smoky ribs to veggie burgers and Atlantic salmon.
John Moulis, one of our commenters, raved about their beer battered chips, writing “It’s not strictly Canberra, but I’ve found the Royal Hotel in Qbn to have the best pub food, certainly the best beer-battered chips.”
A true classic, Civic Pub is a great place to relax and unwind after a long, hard day.
At the bar, choose from an impressive selection of local and imported beers. Hang out, or head to the large pool hall. With several tables, Civic Pub is a great place to grab your cue and put your skills to the test.
Hungry? Civic Pub serves up classic pub fare, healthy options, and mouth-watering desserts. There’s something for even the fussiest eaters.
In fact, pink little birdie claims there’s not a single bad thing on the menu, writing, “Civic pub. Never had a meal there I didn’t like.” Sounds good to us.
Bent Spoke Brewing Co.
Are you a bit of a beer nerd? Bent Spoke Brewing Co. is for you. Champion brewers Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain set out to create the ultimate brewpub, featuring world-class beers, and delicious meals and snacks. The result – the award-winning Bent Spoke.
This pub has 18 varieties of beer and cider available at any one time, and each variety is brewed on premise. The menu offers a modern take on pub classics. Think grain-crusted hot wings and salt and pepper tofu.
One of our commenters, Glenny, has made Bent Spoke their regular. “Every weekend (without fail) we stop by Bent Spoke in Braddon. Awesome bespoke beer (no pun intended) and a great selection of food from nibbles to meals. Try the chicken wings! Can be a bit busy but worth it.”
What’s Your Favourite Pub in Canberra?
Have you got a favourite pub in the Canberra region? Maybe you’ve had a truly terrible experience.
Let us know in the comments section below.