Grab a Bite at Sydney’s Oldest Pub

by Rosemarie John on August 5, 2012

It’s the old charm of a place that makes a visit all that more special and the Fortune of War pub in The Rocks precinct of Sydney is just where you’d want to be after a long day out.

Dating back to 1828, the Fortune of War is the city’s oldest continually-licensed pub. This heritage bar has built an enviable reputation with tourists and locals alike for providing warm traditional service in a hamper style and cosy ambience.

The pub downstairs is fitted with a traditional bar while the second level has a comfortable dining area that is set against brick walls that have been painted navy blue. The yellow trimmings and photos of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy ships of WWII offers an interesting view of the pub’s reputation as a popular ‘first and last stop ashore’ for troops of the Australian Armed Forces.

With 15 beers on tap and authentic pub food, you can’t go wrong with visiting this rustic watering hole. A must try is the Homemade Beef Rissoles with sausage, mashed potato and peas. Seasoned with just the right amount of herbs, each bite is juicy and full of flavour.

The European Rissole is usually pastry that is filled with meat or fish that has been baked or deep fried. The Australian version of the Rissole however is  generally made from minced meat without a pastry covering, altough in some places you may find them covered with bread crumbs.

Homemade Rissoles with Sausages, mashed potato and peas.

The navy blue interior.

Authentic pub food listed on their blackboard outside on the pathway.

If you have never tried Rissoles before, the Fortune of War would be a great place to try it! A meal for two could cost approximately AUD$45. Located at 137 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney, the pub is open 9am till late from Monday to Friday, 11am till late on Saturday and 11am-12am on Sunday.

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Joe August 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

Great post Rose. I loved the food. Good recommendation

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Rosemarie John August 5, 2012 at 5:46 am

Hahaha Of course you did! 🙂

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