Richmond is lucky enough to be crammed with some seriously magnificent pubs, but we are willing to bet that most people default to their usual Bridge Road favourites. Next time you are nosing around for a pre-footy feed, consider this hidden gem. Tucked away down leafy Highett St, this impressive gastropub has history dating back to 1852. The exterior is a quaint nod to this old-world charm, with red brickwork and pale blue and yellow paintwork.
Inside, the front bar continues with the vintage feel, with stained glass windows and an open fire. But don't stop here, the back deck overlooks a tree-lined beer garden, which slopes down to a glass-walled dining room. The dining menu packs a serious punch: think oysters, eye fillet and confit duck. The chefs make the pasta in-house daily, so you can bet that the pork belly ravioli ($27), or Moreton Bay bug spaghetti ($29), would definitely impress Nonna.
Images: Giulia Morlando.