Freo’s Best Kept Brunch Secret: The Local Hotel

When most people think of brunch on the weekend going to the pub normally isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Well if you live anywhere near the Fremantle area we’re strongly of the opinion that it should be. Since re-opening as the Local Hotel almost a year ago this South Terrace location has steadily built a reputation for serving up great food and drinks – “simple offerings done right” as they put – it in a casual, very “Freo” atmosphere and we’re happy to report that this now extends to brunch from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

If the thought of consuming your weekend breaky pub counter meal style (propped up on a bar stool) doesn’t appeal to you then don’t worry, they’ve converted the former bottle shop space into a fantastic open, airy second bar/seating area that is much more suited to a relaxed morning meal (and easing the excesses of the previous evening). Speaking of which, they also have a brilliant make-your-own Bloody Mary station that allows you to customise your kick-start to the day with all manner of sauces, condiments and garnishes. Go nuts you say? Don’t mind if I do!

In keeping with their motto of “simple offerings done right” the menu is a fairly pared back affair of just eight items, but it nonetheless manages to hit all of the right decadently satisfying notes to keep those looking for a little bit of weekend indulgence happy. Those looking for a healthy, wholesome outing should probably go elsewhere – it is a pub after all! A place that offers up a Breakfast Parma with steak, bacon, fried eggs, peccorino cheese and pepperonata is probably not for you. The well balanced, smoke-tinged meatiness of the the Pork, Egg & Bacon wrap with pulled pork, bacon, scrambled egg, bacon, tomato chutney and chimichuri and the crisp Pumpkin, Corn & Quinoa fritters served with a delightful saffron yogurt and poached egg are also both definitely worth a look in too.

Perhaps the best thing about brunch at the Local Hotel is the fact that hardly anyone knows about it (yet). While all of the other, better known cafes on South Terrace are heaving with the usual weekend rush you can saunter down there whenever you feel like it, mix yourself a bespoke Bloody Mary, grab a tasty brew from the Coffee Combi and enjoy your delicious brunch in the peace and quiet of this undiscovered gem. Well at least you can for now…

If you know of any other hidden brunch spots that are great for escaping the crowds on the weekend then please share them with us in the comments section below. We’re always keen to learn more great foodie secrets from our awesome Food Loosers!

To find out more about the Local Hotel and check out their menu visit www.thelocalhotel.com.au.

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