Mount Erica Hotel
Mount Erica is by the team also behind the Marquis of Lorne and Union House (Will Benjamin, Matt Vero, Callan Hitchens and chef Sean Donovan). They undertook a significant renovation of the pub’s tired interior. The result is a space that’s contemporary, warm and familiar – somewhere to watch the footy with a pint and a burger, or come for a lighter meal with a good glass of wine.
The front bar is simple and minimal with the classic hallmarks of a local pub: traditional bentwood stools, several TVs and high benches for groups to mill around. The dining room and lounge area – with dramatic stained-timber-panelled walls and a large original fireplace – is warm thanks to a number of design flourishes inspired by the Grand Budapest Hotel.
The interior also involves timber floors, tartan, tiles and expansive original windows in the main public bar. Think cork flooring, a carpeted area and comfy upholstered chairs.
Donovan’s menu is broken into several sections: Bar Food, Counter Meals, Steaks and Rotisserie. You’ll find usual pub suspects such as chicken schnitzel and fish and chips alongside premium market fish and rotisserie lamb rump.
During the week, there are a couple of specials on offer. Our pick is Tuesday steak night – get a 250-gram sirloin with chips and bearnaise sauce for $20.