Returning to my recent trip to ORANGE
The other pubs where had a look into where the HOTEL VICTORIA .No bisto as far as I could tell, a traditional country pub with the usual collection of locals, a nice enough pub with a particular claim to fame which was bar snacks in the form of cheese cabanossi and biscuits. Something I would like to see in a few other pubs. The next pub on or list was the HOTEL PARK VIEW but as we were trying to find lunch and as we where two minutes late we never stopped for a beer but went across the road to The ORANGE ROYAL HOTEL which had quite a reasonable menu, a fair amount of beers but nothing out of the ordinary other than a beer called CADIA LAGER,which the bar staff couldn’t tell me anything about and I couldn’t find on the internet. Across the road is the HOTEL CANOBOLAS , a very large hotel with a big “cook your own steak house ” This is an art deco building, as are a couple of the other pubs in town, apparently recently refurbished, the place I would have stayed if i had camped overnight. Here I had a beer new to me A WHITE RABBIT RED ALE , a new beer on tap which the staff didn’t have any information on at first. Knowing nothing about the beer I felt it was a sour with quite a bit of berry fruits. Later I was informed that it was in fact a FLANDERS RED ALE. I quite liked it and felt that it was an adventurous move forma country pub and i hope it is well accepted. ( I might contact them and see if they will till me how it is going) Down the road to the HOTEL RUGBY. We kind of wondered if this might have been a bit of an Irish pub as it it had the look and it did have GUINNESS on tap. Though another middy of old for me, On the way back to the car we stopped off at the HOTEL STANDARD, which is across the road from the railway/bus station, a small and pretty basic pub which looked as though it might have had a pretty consistent local clientele. No beer for me. I had a squash which had to be schooner size as I was informed that one size fits all. If I go back to Orange I will start at the STANDARD because they do a breakfast which a lot more pubs should do and at $14.00 for a Bonanza Breakfast is not to be missed. Just before we left town we stopped at the HOTEL GLADSTONE. This pub is across the road from a church and every time I have been here it has been crowded with wedding overflows. I find this place a very nice pub and hard to leave. All in all a pretty good way to spend an early winter’s afternoon.