The Stag Public House
The Stag, the historic pub on the corner of Rundle Street and East Terrace, has existed in some form since 1849. It’s been through a few guises since then – not all of them successful.
Its custodians now are Oliver Brown and Joshua Talbot (NOLA). And what they have done with it is a mixture of old and new. Kitsch nostalgia rubs up against clean and contemporary design. And the menu combines the classics with modern sensibilities.
There’s a sports bar, a place to kick back with a beer and a meal in booth seating or perched at the bar. Head a few steps west to the pool room, where guests can play billiards for $1 a game. All the money pocketed goes directly to local sports teams and charities.
Expect classic pub fare, gussied up. Snack on cob loaf (to share) or prosciutto-wrapped brie baked in brioche. Mains include schnitties, a steak sandwich and fish and chips as well as fattoush salad, pearl barley with heirloom carrots and winter veggies, ricotta gnudi, and an SA icon: a pie floater with stout-braised beef.
Adjoining restaurant Yiasou George is under the same roof, but it’s a separate entity.