With a stylishly revamped interior, this unpretentious 1936 pub is one of those places where you feel instantly welcome. It’s often packed but you can always find a spot at the bar to swap stories with locals over an ale or two. When you’ve warmed up by the open fire, grab a table for a better-than-usual bistro meal. Order from the menu or blackboard specials of pasta dishes, curries, local salmon, surprisingly good steaks and that regular in Tasmanian pubs, the ‘surf and turf’. It’s not all old fashioned pub grub though, so expect vegetable frittatas, wallaby strip loin, grilled haloumi and rocket salad, or a generous pile of steamed mussels. The servings are big and will easily take care of the appetite you’ve built up in Strahan’s bracingly fresh air.
The Esplanade; (03) 6471 4335; open daily for lunch and dinner