The Carringbush Hotel

April 7, 2019

Cindy read about the newly renovated Carringbush Hotel on

Messy Veggies
before it opened and we headed down with some
friends soon after they were up and running. The new folks in
charge (the gang from The Old Bar) have turned it into an entirely
vego pub, with a cosy and welcoming fit-out. There’s a front bar, a
couple of indoor dining spaces and a cute little courtyard out the
back. It seems like The Carringbush is going to be mostly about the
food – it didn’t seem like there was any space for live music

The food options are pretty diverse – fancy salads, burgers,
pasta, plus a few other bits and pieces. More than half of the menu
is vegan and there are heaps of gluten-free options as well. We
started out on the bar snacks menu, with a bowl each of the root
vegetable crisps ($7) and crispy wonton skins ($5). These both came
with fancy salts – cumin salt for the wontons and rosemary salt for
the root veggies – and were incredibly addictive.

We split a serve of the excellent vegan smoked potato and
eggplant dumplings with a soy/lime dipping sauce ($14) and then
picked out our mains.

Cindy ordered the beer-battered cauliflower with chips and
tartare sauce (vegan, $18.50). This is basically fish and chips for
vegos and it really hit the spot – perfectly crunchy batter and a
great vegan tartare. It might be wise to pair this with one of the
salads next time though – it’s a lot of fried.

I wanted chips with my meal as well, so I got the falafel and
hummus burger with herb salad, tomato, pickles and herb yoghurt
(vegan, $21). This is a solid pub burger – it’s not life-changing,
but the herb salad and pickles add some nice flavours to a pretty
standard assembly. 

We really enjoyed the food at The Carringbush, but even more
we enjoyed the vibe – it’s a lovely space for a quiet Sunday
afternoon meal. We sat around doing the crossword and chatting and
just soaking up the relaxed atmosphere. We’ll be back!


The Carringbush Hotel
226-228 Langridge St, Abbotsford
9191 0149

bar snacks


Accessibility: There’s a small step on entry. You
order and pay at a high bar. There’s a mix of tables with low
seating as well as bar seating. We didn’t visit the toilets.

Source: FS – Healthy – Vegetarian
The Carringbush Hotel

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