Feral is one of the landmarks of the Swan Valley with its justly famed range of beers – but it is well also known for the quality of its pub food. In appearance, it is reminiscent of an Australian farmhouse with large shaded verandas all around and lawn and picnic areas adding a cooling touch, as well as a large and air conditioned dining area inside adjacent to the bar.
And so it was in the days leading up to Christmas we found ourselves looking for lunch and parked on the veranda at one of the large wooden tables, with high chair at the top for our granddaughter on her first excursion to the Valley.
While the kid made do with her own special blend of various vegetables, we looked over the menu – traditional pub fare alongside a few dishes a little out of the ordinary, while a glass or two of crisp rosé was sipped.
A starter of burrata served with smoked tomato was a hit for me – the cheese creamy and oozy and the skinned tomato simply exploding with smoky flavours.
Rack of lamb came next – we were warned this came rare and rare it was (maybe even a tad too rare for our taste) – but juicy and tender nonetheless – served with grains and vegetables it made for a substantial meal.
And then what was in essence a Chicken Caesar salad – tender slices of breast along with crunchy iceberg, crisp croutons, salty anchovy, boiled egg, and parmesan – fresh and light.
Feral is a very popular eating and drinking place, especially on weekends, and very popular too for families – it is a laid back, easy going place, with excellent beer, sound wines, and good, well cooked and presented pub food.