Stirling Arms – Guildford

A major renovation to the Stirling Arms has opened up the front beer garden – with the high wall which sort of hid it from passers-by removed to be replaced by an iron fence making it more accessible and inviting. Inside the dining area is pleasant, if a little stark and the hard floors do tend to make it noisy at times – but it is inviting nonetheless.

I do like the wine list here – a good range of WA and local wines to the forefront- and our choice of Flametree Embers Cabernet Sauvignon was very enjoyable – lovely bouquet of black plums and mulberries with a hint of mint, the palate rich and juicy, full of blackberry and blackcurrant flavours, with some dark chocolate notes.

Fish-2

The menu is certainly of the pub food persuasion with pies and burgers and fish and chips all featuring – with a fish of the day dish and a beef and cheese pie making up our order.

The threadfin was well cooked –juicy and moist and tender with a crisped skin – draped over a salad of beans and greens and tomato and sliced radish. A good dish.

Pie

Unfortunately the pie didn’t live up to expectations – cooked too long – as should have been obvious by the crisp and dark brownness of the pastry – the beef filling while reasonably flavoured was dry and unappealing – a bowl of gravy helped a little but all in all, a miss. We probably should have sent it back but were a little distracted by the news that popped up on our phone that Bob Hawke had just died and things passed us by a tad. Anyway, it should not have come out from the kitchen in that state, so a bit of blame on both sides!

Having said that, we have been here on a number of occasions and for the most part the food is pretty good. So I can forgive this lapse – it wont keep us way as the Stirling Arms is worth a visit – I like the beer garden out front, too and the bottle shop has a good range of wine and beer.

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