December 19th – The Lawn

The Lawn

The Woolwich Pier Hotel is a classy 130 year old pub deep in the Hunters Hill peninsula.

Being a former representative of the pub on the cricket field, there have been a lot of changes since the days when a tired bunch of 30-something’s would camp under the old fig tree for a schooner or 4, while the kids of those who had them would make use of the playground in the north-western corner.

There have been 2 significant renovations to the hotel, and sadly the first thing to go was the children’s play area.

In 2002 sweeping changes were made to a number of areas, ‘modernising’ the classic old watering hole but detracting from its character and olde world charm. Another renovation was completed in September 2013, restoring much of the historic old charm, but it still has its detractors.

Reviews of the kitchen on Urbanspoon are divided, but I’ll give it a thumbs up. The meals were quick enough for a busy pub, and the Eton Mess was a delight.

But for me it’s the history of being kid-friendly, and nowadays the only patch of open space is a small rectangle of synthetic grass. On Saturday’s they host Kids Day on the Lawn, where the Kids Co-Ordinator will provide entertainment for the young ones while you (attempt to) dine in peace.

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