From the outside, Pumphouse Hotel looks like a typical brown-brick pub, but once you walk through the doors you’re greeted with a neat and modern dining area and cosy bar. I have lunch in the bistro section, where the menu offers traditional pub fare as well as other seasonal dishes with more of a European-influence.
I’m tempted by the linguini marinara special with salmon, scallops, squid, tomatoes, chilli and basil, but settle instead for the chilli and citrus braised beef ribs. Usually when I see (multiple) beef ribs mentioned on a menu I only expect two. This came not with two, or even three, but four (!) beef ribs atop a square of polenta, speckled with green flecks of parsley, and accompanied by sautéed broccolini. The chilli is not prominent at all, but there is a slight citrus flavour to the meat. To my disappointment the first two ribs I tucked into were a bit tough and almost rubbery, but thankfully the second two were cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection.
Pumphouse also has a beautiful-looking function space named The Room with a View, which can cater for up to 40 seated or standing guests.
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128 Nicholson St
Fitzroy, VIC, 3065
(03) 9417 2817