Cindy and Michael recommend the Carringbush Hotel, it wasn't long until we visited for lunch. The pub promised a vegetarian menu with promising kids meals and an intriguing name. My family, like many with Collingwood connections going back a few generations, has connections with Frank Hardy's Power without Glory. Anyone with such a history might feel a prick of interest in a pub named after the fictitious suburb from the novel which was easily recognisable as Collingwood.
Our first move was to head to the bar for a drink and to order our meal. When we bought drinks I asked what non-alcoholic drinks were available. (The Carringbush apparently has a great selection of craft beers if that is your thing.) I was delighted to hear they have kombucha on tap. Oh joy! And it had a
tropical flavour. I was told that they rotated different
flavours but only had one kombucha tap. There was also an unnamed
mocktail on the drinks menu but I forgot to ask what it was.
Cindy's meal of battered cauliflower with chips but it was off the menu during our visit. I was tempted by the maple teriyaki tofu with sushi rice and onion broth, and by the pie with mash and mushy peas. The salads also looked nicely substantial for a summer's meal.
After some swithering, I ordered the vegan Housemade gnocchi with parsnip puree, chilli parsley pesto, brussel sprouts and broccolini, served with a potato bun. ($22) I cannot speak highly enough of this dish. There was enough gnocchi without being stodgy. The parsnip puree and pesto worked really well as a substantial creamy but not heavy sauce. And the dish had plenty of green vegetables. All with lots of great flavours and not too spicy.
I was a little disappointed she did not order the cauliflower nuggets with chips from the kids menu. I think if it had just said vegetarian nuggets she might have been more willing to try. As an adult I am fascinated that they are made with cauliflower but kids just have less of the adventurous spirit.
The Carringbush Hotel
228 Langridge Street, Abbotsford
03 9191 0149
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