Melbourne's first pub to go all-craft is also all class
Back in the day, when tanneries lined the back streets of Richmond, workers used to rock up to the Royston covered in effluent and get hosed down while downing a pint. Now, you get all the old world charm, and none of the blood. You’ll find this magnificent ‘50s throwback a stone’s throw from Mountain Goat brewery in Richmond. Taken over by the Griggs family a decade ago, this was Melbourne’s first pub to go craft beer-only. They have eight regular brews on tap (Including selections from their neighbours at Mountain Goat and Moon Dog) alongside four monthly guest beers. There’s also a permanent hand-pumped number available (typically 3 Ravens English Ale) for those who like the creamy head of an un-spritzed ale. Food-wise, they cover all the classic bases with a surprisingly refined touch – schnitzels, burgers and the classic parma are all present and accounted for. Monday is local’s night when you can get those counter meals for the low, low price of $17. For sports fans, Wednesday is trivia night and there’s a pool table for those who want to exercise their arms. There's a tipping competition for those who don’t. The TV goes on when the footy starts and goes off the minute the final siren sounds. The Royston is not retro or kitsch and it’s not exactly ‘cool’. There are no themes, no gimmicks and there’s no so-hot-right-now regional menu. But there is good food, great beer and a warm, inviting atmosphere. And in a city sometimes obsessed with novelty, sometimes that’s more than enough.