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The Carringbush Hotel

This 130-year-old pub is now slinging meat-free meals, wine on tap and more than 21 beers.
By Sarah Ward
April 17, 2019
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The Carringbush Hotel

This 130-year-old pub is now slinging meat-free meals, wine on tap and more than 21 beers.
By Sarah Ward
April 17, 2019
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It has been 130 years since the site on the corner of Langridge Road and Raphael Street first started pouring beers, but the Abbotsford watering hole has just undergone a significant makeover. Visitors to The Carringbush Hotel will find a new team at the helm and a new menu tempting tastebuds. Plenty of brews remain, obviously, but the food lineup is now completely vegan and vegetarian.

Now owned and run by Joel Morrison, Liam Matthews and Singa Unlayiti — aka the folks behind Fitzroy's Old Bar — The Carringbush has ditched meat in favour haloumi and mushroom burgers, beer battered cauliflower pieces, sweet potato steaks and vegetable charcuterie plates, plus maple teriyaki tofu, forest cake and mango coconut tart. They're all on the menu cooked up by head chef Roxanne Olsen, a veteran of The Grand Hyatt, The Corner Hotel and Stomping Ground.

It has been 130 years since the site on the corner of Langridge Road and Raphael Street first started pouring beers; however the Abbotsford watering hole has just undergone a significant makeover. Visitors to The Carringbush Hotel will find a new team at the helm and a new menu tempting tastebuds. Plenty of brews remain, obviously, but the food lineup is now completely vegan and vegetarian.

Now owned and run by Joel Morrison, Liam Matthews and Singa Unlayiti — the folks behind Fitzroy's Old Bar — The Carringbush has ditched meat in favour haloumi and mushroom burgers, beer battered cauliflower pieces, sweet potato steaks and vegetable charcuterie plates, plus maple teriyaki tofu, forest cake and mango coconut tart. They're all on the menu cooked up by head chef Roxanne Olsen, a veteran of The Grand Hyatt, The Corner Hotel and Stomping Ground.

An $8 pint happy hour from 4–6pm daily, plus a free pot with lunch special between 11am–2pm on weekdays, will each help entice patrons through the door — and once they're there, brick walls, natural lighting, clear windows looking onto Abbotsford's plant-filled streets and indoor greenery from Red Letter Landscapes all await.

And for those keen on a bit of history, The Carringbush's original name — The Friendly Societies Hotel — is still emblazoned on its facade. The spot has been known by its current moniker since 1984, with the title stemming from Frank Hardy novel Power Without Glory.

Images: Emma-Jane Johnston / VFM Photos.

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