With a long history to its name, The Abbotts Hotel in Waterloo is the epitome of ‘the people’s pub’ due to its eclectic mix of local charm, as much a part of the hotel as the foundations upon which it stands. Inside, the walls are lined with the signed jerseys of NRL greats and you can see that one or two renovations have been and gone, leaving an approachable yet stylish interior that negates none of its inherent charm and history.
Alongside with the renovations, the Abbotts Hotel Waterloo is proud to welcome Masud, former Merivale chef, working in the acclaimed Coogee Pavilion Hotel, who is now taking the reigns on this local gem. With him, Masud has brought a rich history of cooking prowess. His talent and history have taken the pub food standards to a proud new level. Masud has spent years honing his skills, cooking in various restaurants and bars throughout Sydney, his experience and humble nature have now made the Abbott’s Hotel a good food haven in the area.
Classic pub meals, like their succulent steaks get hard to resist when they are up on their daily revolving $10 special (Wednesday is steak day) turning them into a dream feed that makes chowing down feel like a steal. Masoud has poured his culinary talents in taking the vegetarian menu to the next level, among them the caramelised pumpkin and fresh feta dish, which will surely tickle even the ficklest of taste buds.
When we stopped in for a taste of the new menu, we were served up the pot pie with mash, which delighted with its aromatic flavour well beyond what one would expect from a pub meal plus a real mash that surprised in texture and flavour. We also took a good chomp at their burger (definitely worth dropping in for); tasted their crispy battered fish’n chips classic and on our second visit (yes, one was obviously not enough) could not go past their $10 Monday Schnitzel special – delicious, juicy and sizable, making our Abbotts dining experience one that needs to be talked about here. Add the wide variety of brews on tap and you have the right recipe for a good Aussie pub.
Everyone that walks in immediately feels a part of the Abbotts community, the friendly staff and of course Masoud’s delectables will make this corner pub your home away from home. With the usuals of ’all sports on screen’, a relaxed dinning area; ample tall ‘hang out tables’ to congregate with your mate over a liquid amber or three at, pokies and its warm atmosphere and central location all make the Abbotts a ‘must stop’ for any hungry or thirsty traveller in the neighbourhood.
Located directly across the road from independant music radio station, FBI radio, one can always find live music – a cornerstone feature of the Abbotts Hotel experience. For the sports fans: the Abbotts Hotel is a Rabbitohs venue through and through. However, regardless of which team you support, punters can enjoy a friendly and exciting atmosphere to indulge in their favourite sport.
Located on 45-47 Botany Road and open seven days a week, the Abbotts Hotel Waterloo is an undiscovered haven for those who miss the unique characteristics that only a ‘real Aussie pub’ can offer. Drop in any time your in the hood or make the effort to head over there…
And, with the Pokemon Go craze not stopping short here, they even run a special Pokemon menu for the total enthusiast. The Abbotts is actually one of only a few Pokemon Stops in the area – as if you really needed another good reason to pay the Abbotts Hotel a visit…