The Abercrombie Hotel

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02 9280 2178
Opening hours Daily noon-10pm
Prices Cheap (mains under $20)
Payments eftpos, Visa, Mastercard

This old boozer has been reincarnated as an endearingly bonkers Scottish-pub-meets-American-diner cum hip student haunt. The decor includes tartan-covered booths, a painting of naked ladies being eaten by a shark and book-lined shelves. The food melds British comfort fare such as toad in the hole with dude food such as Philly cheesesteaks. Opt for the deep-fried pods of macaroni and cheese to kick-start the arteries; the pie stack with mushy peas is hearty, the fish fresh and the crinkle-cut chips hot and crisp. Whether it's a childhood favourite bastardised or entirely ingenious, the pub's speciality, a deep-fried Golden Gaytime ice-cream, is a must-try.