Hidden in a back street of Woolloomooloo is a pub in the grand old tradition of Australian pubs, the Old Fitzroy.
The pub was first established in 1860, and now serves "pub grub" at its finest. As well as the pub, there is a theatre at the side.
The interior of the downstairs section of the pub crosses Aussie pub with genteel additions like chandeliers:
Upstairs, the pub has been transformed to resemble an English hunting lodge:
I ordered the rissole sandwich with beetroot, cheddar and fries ($19):
You just say the word "beetroot" and I am there, and who can resist a rissole - just ask Darryl Kerrigan. This sandwich lived up to its ingredients - a juicy rissole with even juicier beetroot and cheese, served in toasted bread with shoestring fries on the side. I washed it down with a beer, which was the perfect beverage to have with this sandwich. This sandwich was fabulous - it's a shame The Old Fitzroy is so far away, otherwise I'd be back for this every single time.
They also serve great English pub grub like pork pies, Scotch eggs and terrine.
The Old Fitzroy can be a little hard to find, tucked away as it from the main drag, but it is worth seeking out, especially for those who love the good old Aussie pub of yesteryear, with no beer garden in sight.
129 Dowling St
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Ph: 02 9356 3848