The Carlisle Castle Hotel

19 Albermarle St Newtown, NSW 2042

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02 9519 9988
Opening hours Mon-Wed 6pm-9.30pm,Thurs-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm,Sun noon-4pm, 6pm-8.30pm
Features Vegetarian friendly
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Cash

The Carlisle wears its relaxed, friendly local colours proudly. What it has most to be proud of, though, is the bistro and the food coming out of it. All the standard pub fare's there but it's the extensive list of blackboard specials that sets the tummy rumbling. A salt-and-pepper prawn entree; braised beef cheeks; rare seared tuna; whole fish; and a burger and chips (which was declared up there with the absolute best ever even if it did need a better bun) compete for attention. This is serious food, cooked well and presented with panache - restaurant quality at half the price.