The Guildford continues to attract a good crowd – although down on those heady days when it first re-opened – and at lunch during the week it was close to full downstairs (the upper floor was not open) and a good crowd outside was soaking up the sun.
A range of pub food style dishes are on offer – from buttermilk fried chicken, mac and cheese croquettes, chicken schnitzel, fish and chips and jerk salmon with green beans and potatoes – not forgetting the famous cheeseburger spring rolls or the slow cooked meat selection.
The Gilly cheeseburger is a pretty good example of the breed – juicy burger patty, pickles, lettuce, melted cheese of course, and a very fine sauce sloshed over the innards – nice.
The wine list continues to irk me however – so little thought seems to have gone into it – the pub is at the entrance to the Swan Valley yet only 3 local wines are on offer – a crying shame. When you have a look at the lists at the two closest Guilford pubs to it – the Stirling Arms and the Rose and Crown – you can see just how much better the Gilly’s could be. Oh well, the Olive Farm Chenin was a delightful crisply refreshing drink, as was the Hay Shed Hill rosé from Margaret River.
The Guildford is an attraction in the heart of the Guildford strip – the renovation still impresses and the staff are friendly and helpful – the food is sound pub fare and the drink selection has something for everyone – just wish they would try harder with the wines – anyway always a great place to stop.