Sunday, 22 February 2015

Here and There: Pubs

Above, one of two pubs in the small Australian town I grew up in. Referred to locally as The Brick, the Pittsworth Hotel Motel has 9 rooms for accommodation, serves lunch (12 - 2 pm) and dinner (6 - 8 pm) daily and has a lounge and a sports bar with betting shop open. It has live music or karaoke on Friday evenings, when it stays open until 1am. It also operates a wine and liquor store (known in Australia as a drive-in bottle shop).  The clientele is primarily working men, but on the weekends families as well.

Below, L'Esperance has 4 rooms for accommodation, serves a daily changing weekday lunch (12 - 2 pm) set menu and has a bar which is open all day. It is the lunch destination of choice for the local working men, cheap and cheerful.

11 comments:

  1. "Referred to locally as The Brick"....
    yup, good name, good name...
    looks about as exciting as an overchilled can of Festers!!
    And as for the Hotel Motel bit...
    they very clearly couldn't make up their mind what it was...
    and compromised...
    THEMSELVES!!

    The Hope....
    just doesn't sound as nice in Anglais...
    looks way better than the one up for sale in GP...
    "La Sans Espérance" would do better as a name for that one...
    it has been "A Vendre" for over twelve years....
    only the Gods know what it is like inside...
    nor could any mortal soul hazard a guess as to what it would cost to get it going...
    at least "L'Union" in Paulmy has a wonderful creeper slowly engulfing it and the tired paintwork.
    Ours is just tired and getting tiredererer!

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    1. Tim. Lots of places in Australia are Hotel/Motels. The hotel applies to the bar/pub, the motel to the accommodation. All it means is that you can park directly in front of the rooms and that each room has a separate external door, rather than having to enter the hotel and navigate corridors

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    2. Ie: a motel.... you don't need the hotel bit...

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    3. Soon... we'll all be speeeeekin' Inglish and just not understanding each other...
      Austinglish, 'Merican, Hinglish, Glaswegian...
      to name a few!!

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    4. But a "motel" is just rooms - no restaurant, no bar, sometimes they don't even do breakfast. There are plenty of motels around (like here. ), This place is a hotel - ie a pub/bar restaurant - and a motel.

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    5. Aha... I see what you mean... I'm used to UK rural motels...
      tend to be a converted set of outbuildings behind the pub...
      with a car parking space in front of each!
      Especially in East Angular and Lincolnshire...
      pub provides booze and breakfast...
      evening meal if you get there soon enough.

      That motel you've linked to looks totally un-inviting...
      I'd be worried about taking a shower!!

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    6. I actually chose the motel in Mitchell because it is possibly the motel I have stayed at most. As a motel it is excellent, although it does rather have the issue of the hot water (direct from the bore) coming out of the cold tap, whilst the cold water (which has been allowed to cool in the turned off hot water tank) comes out of the hot tap. For half the year anyway....

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  2. So I'd not be worried about taking a shower... just very confumbled!

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    1. Hooray for mixer taps -- outsiders need never know.

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    1. hmm, I dunno...these two are pretty much on a par, to use another sporting metaphore.

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