Rose & Crown – Guildford

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The Rose and Crown Hotel, on leafy Swan Street in Guildford, is a stunning heritage building. It is the second oldest operating pub in Australia. The grand old building, which is over 175 years old, has been restored beautifully.IMG_6129

We’ve visited the historic hotel many times over the years. It’s somewhere we like to have long lunches, drinks with friends and take overseas guests to. We just love any excuse for a bite to eat in the shady beer garden.IMG_6126

The Rose and Crown is also lovely on a cold winter’s day. We’ve often stopped by on a chilly day and eaten indoors, by the roaring fire. I cannot rave enough about the beer garden. If you’ve never been, do yourself a favour and go and have a lazy afternoon in the sun dappled garden.IMG_6125

On this day I was meeting my parents on my birthday. We wanted to meet somewhere near the Swan Valley that had good food, but was casual enough for kids. We sat in the beer garden with a glass of wine, while Little Chef busily chatted and coloured in.IMG_6096

We enjoyed a delicious lunch. My Dad loved his masterstock pork belly ($36). A generous slab of flavoursome pork belly is served with tender grilled Freo octopus, a herb salad, crispy pork scratching and an apple gel.IMG_6103

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Alfred’s Kitchen – Guildford

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One of Perth’s most loved burger joints has recently become a whole lot more family friendly. Alfred’s Kitchen has been a Guildford institution for over 70 years. Previously, the takeaway didn’t provide much seating, apart from a few benches around the much loved fire pit. Perthies were happy to stand around munching on their burgers, though it could be a bit of a juggling act.

Now there is another alternative – Alfred’s have added a restored train carriage and courtyard which have loads of seating to eat your burgers and chips in comfort, making it much easier for little burger lovers too.

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Padbury’s

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Padbury’s restaurant has been a Guildford stalwart for over 15 years. It’s housed in a quaint old building and despite it being around for such a long time – this was my first visit here. I was there with Miss S and Mrs H. The three of us were seated at a table in the window, under a shimmering chandelier. We had a good view of Terrace Road and the Rose and Crown Hotel; across the street. The service was efficient and friendly. Mrs H even got “happy birthday” sung to her, by the lovely Irish waitress.

The origins of the name “Padbury’s” is from Walter Padbury, one of the state’s greatest builders and entrepreneurs. In the mid-1800’s when WA was a new colony, he became WA’s first millionaire. Padbury was also a great philanthropist. One of his biggest legacies was organising the telegraph line from Adelaide that connected isolated Perth to the rest of the world. The building itself, originally the “Padbury Stores” is heritage listed – it dates back to 1869. But enough of the history lesson.

We ordered a couple of entrées and a couple of mains from the menu…

20140208_185054Chilli garlic prawns (choice of Mild, Medium or Hot) $21.50  A generous serve of WA Tiger prawns, served sizzling – tossed with chilli flakes, garlic and butter served with fresh bread.

20140208_185048Field Mushroom ($15.50) Char grilled, local field mushroom, pine nut pesto, garlic bread with a pear and parmesan cheese salad. Mrs H enjoyed this – it was big and juicy.

20140208_185028Barramundi ($35) This was a well-cooked North West Barramundi fillet served with sweet potato mash, green beans, baby carrots, broccolis, prawns and finished with hollandaise sauce

20140208_184929Suckling Pork Belly ($30.50) The moist pork belly was braised for three hours served with honey apples, beetroot puree, caramel apples, green beans & broccoli and an Asian sauce. I enjoyed this, but I have to admit I do prefer it when my Pork belly has crackle on top.

20140208_192507Chocolate Fondant ($13.50) This is what Padbury’s call their “Famous Fondant”. I had to try it after a big claim like that! So often these aren’t executed correctly – they don’t ooze with chocolaty goodness. This did, and I’m sure I let out a little squeal of excitement! As they say – the proof is in the pudding. It’s a very nice dessert and served with chocolate ice cream.

Overall we enjoyed the food at Padbury’s. Whilst it wasn’t mind-blowing – it was for the most part well cooked and nicely presented. I’d go back for the gooey pud for sure!

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Madison Cottage – High Tea

IMG_0039 (2)One of my lovely friends had a baby this month. It’s so exciting and it was lovely to see the new mamma and to have a cuddle with her beautiful bub – I love that new baby smell!!

Mrs H isn’t one for a lot of fuss. She didn’t want a baby shower, but Miss S and I just couldn’t let the occasion of her first baby go by without doing anything for her. So we organised a high tea for three at the lovely Madison Cottage in Guildford. It was fitting as the mum to be was the person who first introduced me to this gorgeous little café.2013-07-13 15.06.04

The first time we visited Maddy’s we were there for coffee and cake. We soon found out their specialty is high teas and made a promise to go back to try that. We sat in the quaint little cottage, surrounded by a whole manner of vintage items. We had;

The three tiered china platter was absolutely brimming with sweet and savoury treats. The savouries were a selection of vol au vounts, finger sandwiches (like dill and cucumber) and mini savoury tarts. Our scrumptious selection of sweets were; scones with jam and cream, fruit tarts, cake, meringue and a chocolate truffle.IMG_0040

The tea and coffee available at Maddy’s is excellent quality. They serve T2 and Yahava respectively. I had a pot of a refreshing sweet fruity tea and then I tried a pot of chai (my fave).

There is also giftware for sale; girly, shabby chic and French inspired home wares. The back room is a perfect room for a private high tea, for a group. The high tea is $32, which includes endless tea and coffee and the sitting takes about 2 hours.2013-07-13 15.05.36

The staff are very welcoming. “Maddy’s” is a fantastic place for a girly catch up, it has a lovely atmosphere and I just love their miss-match shabby chic crockery – it’s all in the detail. I’ve said it before, but you really can tell a lot of love has been put into this super cute café.IMG_20130713_202220

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Tubs Gourmet Gelato

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Little Chef was being ever so patient with me. We were driving here, there and everywhere running errands just before Christmas. I thought I’d reward this with a gelato treat (for him and me!). Tubs, in Guildford, is a locally run company. It opened just over 6 months ago.IMG_9818

At Tubs they make fresh small batch gourmet gelato. All the ingredients are natural, with no nasties – so no colourings or commercial flavourings etc. Their philosophy is all about quality and freshness without compromise. The flavours are constantly changing. On this day we had; 11

LC had chocolate gelato in a cone, which he gobbled down in no time! I had a sneaky bite and it was so creamy.IMG_9806

I had a tub of berry sorbet, it was scrumptious and so refreshing.IMG_9807

At Tubs they also serve waffles, cake and coffee. Tubs is right opposite Alfred’s Kitchen, so I think a tub of gelato, after one of Alfred’s famous burgers would go down a treat for sure. The Apple Pie gelato is what I’d like to try next time – yummo! IMG_9816

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Rose and Crown – Lunch in the Garden

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It’s not been too long since my last visit – but I cannot rave enough about the beer garden at The Rose and Crown Hotel in Guildford. If you’ve never been, do yourself a favour and go and have a lazy afternoon in the sun dappled garden. The historic hotel, has been beautifully restored, inside and out. I spent a Saturday Lunchtime there, with my work besties (Kez and Kimee) after a pamper morning. It was the perfect place to continue our relaxed vibe.

 We had…

Caesar Salad – bacon, anchovy dressing, shaved parmesan, eggs, croutons and wood fired chicken

Sweet Potato Gnocci $28 – Pan fried, porcini mushrooms, spinach & parmesan cream sauce (This was mine and I thought it was delicious!)

Salt n pepper squid $16

We all enjoyed our lunch. For the most part, a lot of what’s on the menu is standard pub fare. Every time I’ve been (about 5 times now) it’s all been of very good quality and flavour. Which is why I’ll be back another 5 times… and probably some more!

For more on the R&C, here’s the link to my last post»> http://thechefhiswifeperth.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/rose-crown/

Little Guildford

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One of my work besties, Kez, had been telling me about new-ish restaurant Little Guildford for months. We finally made a date to visit it recently. It was all she had described and more. It’s on the lovely Swan Street – right opposite the Rose and Crown. We’d gone there on a Sunday lunch time, they don’t take bookings, due to the brunch crowd. We were happy to “wing it” though, given the Rose & Crown was a good plan B for food.

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“Little Guilford” is a quaint slice of this historic Perth suburb. Housed in an old building it is brimming with character and times gone by – the old photo mural is a great touch. You can dine alfresco, under the large umbrellas out front. You can also dine indoors, in the tardis-like dining room. We decided to sit out the front, on the high tables. It was a great spot and a tad quieter than inside.

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I thought that the lunch menu was very reasonably priced. I chose the Seafood Chowder ($22).  The hearty wintery dish didn’t disappoint! It was full of yummy little morsels of salmon, prawns, bacon and potatoes. It was creamy and seasoned well.

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Mushroom Rissotto ($26) The risotto was cooked well and had lots of earthy mushroom and truffle oil flavours. It was finished with chunks of swiss brown mushrooms, fresh asparagus and lashings of shaved parmesan.

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For dessert we had the “Cake of the Day” – a very moist Chocolate Cake and a Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee $9

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Both of these sweet little delights were scrumptious! The coffee at Little Guildford is great too. It’s a super spot for lunch and their breakfast/brunch and dinner menus looks very tempting too.

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