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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 and Gary Brun
July 01, 2023
By Sarah Ward and Gary Brun
July 01, 2023

It has been over 130 years since the site on the corner of Langridge Road and Raphael Street first started pouring beers, but the Abbotsford watering hole has not too long ago undergone a significant makeover.

Visitors to The Carringbush Hotel found 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.

The Carringbush has ditched meat in favour of vegan burgers, chargrilled cauliflower pieces, eggplant parmigiana, plus spicy corn fritters, onion rings and miso ramens.

a pint and vegan food at Carringbush Hotel in Melbourne

Carmen Zammit

The Carringbush Hotel has a great cocktail list too, featuring a pineapple vanilla mojito and a caliente margarita. The wine list is also on point, featuring ambient drops such as a 2020 Garage Project pinot noir. 

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.

The bar with staff at Carringbush Hotel in Melbourne


Appears in:

The Best Vegan Restaurants in Melbourne for 2023

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