For those who yearn for the day when your local pub was still family friendly and cheap, the Hampstead Hotel has answered the call. Sporting a simple but inviting Art Deco facade, this Collinswood hotel has long stood as ??corner pub' that sticks to the simple ideals of cheap food, cold beer and plenty of seats. And there's always a seat outside should you wish to lose yourself in the constant swarm of North East Road traffic.
Inside you'll find the Deco theme echoed in the furniture and wood-panelling, which runs around the bar itself. Although they could loose the retro carpet, the whole aesthetic works well. The island bar serves the main room quite amply, with weekends being the only time you may have to wait a moment for service. There's also a bar in the gaming area, should you decide to let your fingers do the walking (across Pokie machine buttons). But even this one gets busy come pension day.
Tap beer is a sure bet, with local and imported favourites making the cheaply priced roster. There's also a nice array of bottled imports should your tastes stray to more exotic brews. The Hampstead also have a cheap bistro menu, which makes a nice alternative to the Mexican and Italian cuisine nearby. Pick up a cheap steak or a parma for less than a $20 bill, or just keep your eye out for a regular meal special.
Tyson Burroughs, January 2009
March 31, 2011
We were there recently and had a really good time. The staff were friendly the food was delicious and good value.