Time Out Melbourne

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.

Find out more about the Time Out Pub Awards

First published on . Updated on .

By Nick Caddaye   |  

Middle Park Hotel details

102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park 3206

Telephone 03 9690 1958

Open Mon-Thu 7am-midnight; Fri, Sat 7am-1am; Sun 7am-11pm

Middle Park Hotel website

Middle Park Hotel map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby

The Point

983m - At south-side eatery the Point you go for the steak and stay for the view....

Cowderoys Dairy

1062m - OK, so the inside can be packed out but there’s a good reason for this. If...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby

Filly & Mare

68m - Filly & Mare offers women of all ages an eclectic yet classic range of...

Catani Gardens

588m - The Catani Gardens in St Kilda run from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron...

South Melbourne Beach

1120m - Beautiful and picturesque beach, home to the Kerford Rd pier, a playground...

More venues nearby


Cookie offers a heady blend of children’s books and grown-up drinks



The Coda crew have turned a notorious nightclub into a schmick mod-Indian restaurant

Cumulus Inc

Cumulus Inc

Find cloudy-but-fine dining in Flinders Lane



COS - Collection of Style - is at The Strand

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus