In the neighbourhood on a visit to the northern suburbs and looking for a quick lunch we stopped by the Beldon Tavern in Marmion Avenue. The lounge bar and dining room is relatively small but comfortable and the walls adorned with notices of the daily, nightly, weekly and lunch specials.
The drinks list is fairly basic – the beers from the larger mainstream breweries and the wine unspectacular to say the least – but they no doubt know their local market. We decided on a glass of Jacobs Creek rosé while we awaited our food.
The menu is what you would expect from a suburban pub, with an emphasis of the pub classics – burgers, fish and chips, steaks, ribs and the like – chicken parmigiana, beef and Guinness pie and salad of quinoa and haloumi were our choices.
The parmigiana hit all the markers of this dish – good size, tender chook, plenty of melted cheese and came with chips and salad – good value on the lunch special price.
The pie, crusty golden pastry encasing a rich gravy swimming with tender and juicy chunks of beef, was very good – served again with chips, salad and extra gravy on the side had Lady FWO happy indeed.
My haloumi salad certainly did not skimp on the grilled strips of cheese which was mixed through nutty quinoa, green leaves, onion and tomato – pleasant and again a generous serve.
The Beldon is a good local pub, serving solid food, generously proportioned, well priced – the drinks list, especially the wine – could do with a bit of work I think, but all in all we had a pretty pleasant lunch.