Royal Hotel stakes its claim with Australia’s best steak title

Michael Weaver 7 May 2020 168
Beat Ettlin from The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan

Beat Ettlin from The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, which has won the best steak in Australia award. Photos: Supplied.

Queanbeyan’s Royal Hotel can now stake a claim as having the best steak in Australia, after being crowned home of Australia’s best steak following a nationwide search for the best pub meals.

The title comes after Yak Brewing scoured 1890 venues for the best pub meals across five categories including chicken parma, fish and chips, steak, burgers and pork ribs.

Following a month-long voting phase where Australians nominated their favourite pub meals, Yak hit the road with comedian and pub food ‘foodie’ Harley Breen, who along with a team of judges helped decide Australia’s best pub grub.

The Royal Hotel’s rib-eye steak won the top prize ahead of the Cardinia Park Hotel at Beaconsfield in Victoria and the Railway Club Hotel in Melbourne. Australia’s best clubs were in the running with the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel winning the award for best pub fish and chips.

Royal Hotel owner Anthony McDonald told Region Media their beef is locally grown and sourced from the Bungendore Butchery, with each cut aged and professionally cut to portion size.

“The award is particularly pleasing because it was voted on by our patrons.

“Everybody knows where we get beef from, so there’s a really strong relationship between ourselves and the butcher,” said Mr McDonald. “If he gets it wrong, everybody knows who supplies the meat, so there’s a really direct relationship between us, the supplier and the patrons.

“The beef is a mixture of grain and grass-fed. It’s aged for 21 days and away it goes. It’s properly seasoned, properly rested and we do it consistently, which I think is just as important as the quality of the beef.”

Mr McDonald said once their steak got into the top five, judges came into the pub to let their tastebuds do the talking.

Beat Ettlin alongside comedian Harley Breen

Royal Hotel Queanbeyan head chef Beat Ettlin alongside comedian Harley Breen.

One of those was comedian Harley Breen, who had the hard job of determining the nation’s five tastiest meals as part of the campaign.

“I’ve had the honour of travelling across Australia to judge Australia’s favourite pub meals. I’ve met some amazing characters along the way and tasted the best pub dishes our nation has to offer,” Harley said.

“The final decision was not an easy one, but I’m confident we’ve unearthed the very best of the best. We’ve had an amazing response from the public and are delighted we promoted so many fantastic pubs and meals.”

Mr McDonald said it was an honour to be ranked alongside pubs such as The Watsons Bay Hotel.

“Watsons Bay is a ripper of a pub and to have a little pub in Queanbeyan sitting next to that one is really special,” he said.

“The kitchen is the core of our business. When it’s firing, the rest of the business looks after itself, so we pride ourselves on providing a good quality meal that is locally sourced at a good price.”

As part of the competition, the chefs behind the nation’s best pub meals will visit Melbourne later this month where their winning dish will feature a pop-up restaurant, The Hungry Yak.

The restaurant will run at Melbourne’s Riverland Bar between 30 October and 6 November.

Australia’s five best pub meals:

  • Best pub steak: The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan (Queanbeyan)
  • Best pub chicken parmigiana: The Birmingham Hotel (Fitzroy, VIC)
  • Best pub burger: The Henson (Marrickville, NSW)
  • Best pub fish and chips: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel (Watsons Bay, NSW)
  • Best pub pork ribs: The Pier Bar (Cairns, QLD).

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168 Responses to Royal Hotel stakes its claim with Australia’s best steak title
Trudi Jeffrey Trudi Jeffrey 10:04 am 02 Nov 19

Right! I’ve been wanting to check out this place... the Reno looks amazing in the pics... and now they we know they have the best steak, we have to go!! Darren Jeffrey Neil Michelle Skill xx

Brock Phyland Brock Phyland 8:24 am 02 Nov 19

Cedric Szigeti never been a more exciting time to get to Qbeyan

Gillian Sim Gillian Sim 4:47 pm 01 Nov 19

Lizzie Kiss this place

BlowMeDown BlowMeDown 10:31 pm 31 Oct 19

Can also recommend the Beef Roast Biff Rump 300g with a middy of Bent Spoke Crankshaft to wash it down.

Kyle Sharpe Kyle Sharpe 9:32 am 31 Oct 19

Michael Henderson Jason Scicluna road trip when I get back down on course?

    Michael Henderson Michael Henderson 9:36 am 31 Oct 19

    Kyle, that's if Jason and I dont get there before your arrival................just to check it out and make sure it's safe to eat.....brodburger lunch followed by this steak for that's doable.....

Gordon McDonald Gordon McDonald 7:53 pm 30 Oct 19

Alicia Mcdonald Brendan McDonald need to try this out, maybe an early birthday dinner 🥩

Gordon McDonald Gordon McDonald 7:53 pm 30 Oct 19

Nicole McDonald Daniel Ingram Vicki McDonald need to try this out

    Daniel Ingram Daniel Ingram 8:44 pm 30 Oct 19

    Gordon McDonald name the time a date and we will make the long journey there!

Kay Storrie Kay Storrie 7:31 pm 30 Oct 19

Good on you. Now your secret is out, congratulations royal hotel from us in NZ......

Colleen Carruthers Colleen Carruthers 7:03 pm 30 Oct 19

Peter Thompson. Next gig, we’ll try their steak?

Lauren Hewitt Lauren Hewitt 6:25 pm 30 Oct 19

Dean Brown Andrew C Le Shand remember when you guys did your steak Como and the Royal came out on top?

Samuel Coulter Samuel Coulter 6:20 pm 30 Oct 19

Holly I think we need check this out??!!

Rita Bodo Rita Bodo 6:04 pm 30 Oct 19

Kylie is this true?

Deborah White Deborah White 8:24 am 30 Oct 19

You have yo be joking. 40 mins at the most down the road

Venessa Tripp Venessa Tripp 7:18 am 30 Oct 19

Tony Webster sounds good!

Denise Quirk Denise Quirk 7:06 am 30 Oct 19

Kellie Liaropoulos Karen Inglis Dave Hutchinson hope the cocktail food is as good!

Charlie Edwards Charlie Edwards 11:11 pm 29 Oct 19

The rib eye is great

Ben Nash Ben Nash 10:42 pm 29 Oct 19

Upstairs Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, bit of a hidden Gem.

Anja Muller Anja Muller 9:32 pm 29 Oct 19

We will have to go and judge it as well 😋

Emma Griffith Emma Griffith 9:27 pm 29 Oct 19

Hana Smith Kate Bradley, shall we cross the border?

    Kate Bradley Kate Bradley 10:49 pm 29 Oct 19

    Emma Griffith I have high steak standards so I’m willing to give it a go.

    Hana Smith Hana Smith 10:28 am 30 Oct 19

    Yah yah I’m in!

Tommy Pile Tommy Pile 8:23 pm 29 Oct 19

Gregor Shona come see us and have the best steak in Australia!

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