Is this Australia’s Best Pub….?

Yes thats a child on the road. My child.
Yes thats a child on the road. My child.
Food, Drink, Slushies. Bliss.
Food, Drink, Slushies. Bliss.
Everything you could want in a pub.
Everything you could want in a pub.

I’ve just discovered a new favourite watering hole. So favourite that I’m nominating it as Australia’s best pub.

Given that within a 1.5 kilometre radius of my house I have a handful of well known pubs including The 3 Weeds, The Welcome and The Sackville Hotel, it seems a crying shame that I have to travel 6 klicks to actually experience a hotel of exceptional quality. But when I stop to consider that my new favourite hotel – The Henson, is just 6 k’s from my place then I’m actually pretty lucky, because it’s likely that, unless you’re reading this on King St Newtown, this place is a helluva lot further for you to make a pilgrimage to.

We first headed to Marrickville on Easter Saturday 2014 to meet a couple of other families. So with five adults and five kids under 10 to cater for, I was pretty skeptical of the pub’s ability to deliver the goods.Friendly staff, a pleasant space, kid friendly food, decent adult selections and reasonably priced.

Given Sydney’s propensity for style over substance I wasn’t expecting much despite the glowing praise for The Henson.

After a meal of nachos and steak, I’m a convert. So much so that after several nights dreaming about the place I find myself back there with just one child in tow, again seeking out their completely sublime version of nachos – White corn chips, avo & lime smash, habanero heirloom tomato salsa & beans for just 11 bucks.

I move on to Roast pumpkin ravioli, with charred asparagus, kale, labne, zucchini blossoms, eschallot butter & mint ($19) because I feel I’ve eaten a little too much meat lately and am keen to try and test my palette with something healthier. My son opts for Crispy skin snapper fillet with chips, salad & old bay mayo $(23).

A couple of glasses of Young Henry’s Newtowner to wash it all down and I’m ready for the sweet selection – Churros ‘chips’, mörk fudge, wattle-seed gelato ($11).

My son and I tuck in agreeing that not only is it an unconventional dish, but also delicious.

Ah The Henson, you’ve done it again.

Full marks for a tasty menu with great selections to suit every palette, brilliant, friendly, helpful staff and a very comfortable ambience.

Throw in a kids play area and a short stroll to no shortage of taxis on Enmore Rd and this place is my new local.

See you soon.

 

Selfies are permitted at The Henson.
Selfies are permitted at The Henson.
Currently closed due to licensing Laws...
Pinball Room currently closed due to licensing laws… I blame Barry’s Grange.
With a friendly reminder to take only what you need, there's a condiment for everyone at The Henson...
With a friendly reminder to take only what you need, there’s a condiment for everyone at The Henson…
Nachos for Dessert? Evil Genius.
Nachos for Dessert? Evil Genius.
Diggers and Footy? Bless.
Diggers and Footy? Bless.
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