The Retreat Hotel
This dog-friendly pub has craft beer on tap, a pool table and serves up a belly-warming roast every Sunday.
This cosy old-school pub in Abbotsford is dog-friendly, so expect to see lots of furry friends when you come here for a pint and a pub feed. Pull up a seat in the warm wooden interior in winter and play a round of pool or head out to the beer garden in summer.
The pub has a a bunch of craft beers on tap. Otherwise you can nab a glass or bottle of local vino. For food, you'll find plenty of classic pub feeds on the menu, such as bangers and mash ($24), rump steak ($25), fish and chips ($22), some salads, a range of pizzas and a daily pie ($22) — but it's the Sunday roast that is a must. The Retreat's roast is a weekly changing dish of roasted goodness, priced at an easy $20. It usually involves a hearty serve of roast pork, beef or lamb, teamed with all the classic trimmings — winter veggies and loads of thick gravy, guaranteed. Grab yourself one of these, a pint of craft beer and a spot in front of the footy, and your weekend's looking pretty enviable.
UPDATE: JUNE 29, 2020 — Due to COVID-19, The Retreat's opening hours have changed. It's currently open from 5–9pm Wednesday–Friday and from 12–9pm Saturdays and Sundays.