Prendergasts Irish Tavern
Stepping from the bright sunlight outside through the doors of Prendergasts Irish Tavern is a little like stepping into another time and place. The building is set among acres of open vineyard but inside you’ll find atmospheric lighting, deep green walls, old style portraits, huge barrels and mounted deer heads lining the tavern interior.
Prendergasts is the jewel in the crown of the Dusty Hill winery village, a collection of traditional-style timber buildings boasting a cellar door, pantry, wedding chapel, function room and boutique accommodation. Weekends are busy here and it pays to arrive early, or book ahead. There are plenty of tables inside and also on the long verandah that runs the length of the building. The verandah overlooks lush lawns and a duck pond and is the perfect spot to break up a car trip, allowing the adults to sit and enjoy the surroundings and keep an eye on the kids while they run off some energy.
The drill here is to order and pay at the bar, taking note of the specials’ blackboard for the weekend’s offerings. The bar is well stocked with craft beers, stout, ciders, spirits and wines from the Dusty Hill label. Queensland wines are coming of age and the Moffatdale area is emerging as a new choice for the alternative varietals that it’s becoming known for.
The menu is filled with familiar names and cuts of meat, but don’t be fooled into thinking this is standard pub fare. Their Bangers ‘n’ Mash consists of fat homemade pork, apple and bacon sausages sitting atop a mountain of creamy Irish potato. Finished with a rich beef jus, peas and a thick slice of double smoked bacon, this dish is a favourite of many regulars.
Even the Tasmanian Atlantic salmon gets the Irish treatment, with a colcannon (potato) croquet topped with the pan-baked fish and drizzled with caper, garlic and herb butter. Other popular dishes are the confit duck legs and the lamb and rosemary pie. Burgers, chicken parmy, steaks and kid’s meals are also available on the daily menu, along with vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Each weekend a specials board announces new choices or returning old favourites.
For those who still have room, the dessert cabinet is filled with homemade cakes, slices, tarts and pies, hot and cold. After lunch, a game of pool or a drink and a chat around the fireplace is a great way to end the afternoon before heading back to the car for the drive home. Slainte!
You can find Prendergasts Irish Tavern at Dusty Hill Winery, 80 Waterview Drive, Moffatdale, not far from Murgon in the northern end of the South Burnett. Phone: 07 4168 4700 or email [email protected]. Check the menu at www.dustyhill.com.au. Open for lunch from 11.00am Thursday to Sunday and dinner from 5.30pm on Thursday and Friday. Bookings recommended.