Finding Great Pub Grub in Historic Sydney

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Today we’ve got a great read for anyone heading to Sydney, Australia. Our guide Suanne is a long-time local full of insider info on everything from where to shop to the best places to eat in her hometown. Today she’s giving us the low-down on where the locals eat when dining in The Rocks, Sydney’s historic district.

I love this time of year in Sydney. Clear blue skies, no humidity, cool mornings and evenings...it's just perfect. While it’s getting cooler, the weather is still mild enough to consider eating outdoors and of course if you are a visitor to Sydney one of the best places to do this is in the Rocks.

The Rocks is Sydney’s historic "old town" and it’s full of shops, restaurants, cafes and great weekend markets...but the secret of eating out in the Rocks is going to our pubs!

You don’t need to go to expensive fancy restaurants for great Aussie food - just try our pubs and do as the locals do. Here are some of my favourites:

The Australian on Cumberland Street still retains the charm of an old English Style pub but with some awesome pub grub. Their gourmet pizzas are delicious and for the more health conscious there are some great salads. On their menu you will even find suggestions of what beer to have with your meal and they are usually spot on. A must try are the pizzas which feature kangaroo, emu or even saltwater crocodile! The added bonus is that the outdoor seating is just lovely.

The Glenmore also on Cumberland Street is another Real Sydney find. The secret is to go upstairs to the rooftop terrace for some amazing Sydney views, along with a light meal and beer or wine of course.

The Harbour View Hotel on the corner of Cumberland and Lower Fort Street is often overlooked, but I love it. The outdoor cocktail bar is really funky and you can endlessly watch those bridge climbers coming out of the concrete pylon to start their climb. It’s so much fun and the food and cocktails are great.

Last but by no means least is the fabulous Lord Nelson pub on the corner of Argyle and Kent street. It's not only a pub, but also a boutique brewery and it has some pretty cool accommodation too. You will always find locals chowing down some scrumptious meals and beer here, and like all of our pubs, the bill won’t break your budget.

So, enjoy our pubs in The Rocks and you’ll be acting just like a local to experience the real Sydney!

Thanks for taking the time to share your local expertise with us, Suanne! If you’re interested in starting a conversation with Suanne on how best to spend your time in Sydney, you can find her here: Sydney private guide.
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