It's all about eating steak with a stiff upper lip at this olde world sports pub and restaurant
The dark wood and carpets of the Middle Park Hotel give you the impression of an exclusive gentlemen’s club, or the Long Room at the MCG. That’s primarily because they’ve actually lifted the Long Room’s wooden panels. But the bright, welcoming bar quickly puts paid to any notions of stuffiness. That bar is seventy metres long and features forty-five taps, so there’s little chance of having to elbow Middle Park’s well-groomed punters out of the way to get at a pint of bitter Red Duck IPA. That wouldn’t be cricket, anyway. Not in this sports bar, where it’s less about yelling at the AFL, more about getting misty-eyed over the career of Walter Lindrum. The menu is as British and ’70s as Tom Baker. Sure, there’s a burger and schnitzel in the bar, but there’s also Scotch eggs and Mulligatawny soup – a creamy chicken number, flavoured with curry. There’s also an exceptional restaurant, the sort of joint where they bring out a board of different cuts when you order a steak, and regularly carve up a whole pig. You can get cocktails, and shiny wine glasses loyally filled with stuff from local heroes Luke Lambert and Andrew Peace if beers don’t appeal, and if you go too hard either on booze or beasts, rest easy knowing this hotel is still functional, with accommodation upstairs.