The Royal on the waterfront at Claisebrook Cove looks across the bay to apartments and lawns, and down to the river main with boats bobbing just offshore or tied up to the jetty. It is one of the best outlooks of any pub in Perth. Lady FWO and I dropped by the other afternoon – we were on our way to a nearby spot to eat and, running ahead of time, stopped for a drink before going on.
The wine list at the Royal is one of the better pub lists going around with a great range of varietals and regions, and a good number available by the glass. We decided on a glass of rosé – what better drink to have while gazing out over the water on a warm autumn evening? – and picked Rockcliffe Quarram Rocks 2014 rosé from the Great Southern.
This wine, with lifted strawberry and raspberry aromas on the nose has good fruit flavours – ripe strawberries – a little residual sweetness, and a refreshing, crisp, lingering finish.
While sipping we decided a small snack wouldn’t go astray so ordered a serve of flat bread seasoned with rosemary and ancho chilli with Danish feta.
Nicely crisp bread, a hint of spice and served with lovely creamy salty cheese was a fine accompaniment to our wine.
We have eaten the gastro-pub style food at the Royal on a number of occasions and it has always hit the mark – good food, substantial portions, and well priced. The food is another reason to pop along to this well fitted out pub/restaurant with friendly, helpful waiters and bar staff in one of the prettiest locations you could imagine in Perth.