Public House Petersham
292 Stanmore Road, Petersham
02 9568 3703
Petersham residents are luckier than most. With the opening of Public House Petersham in 2015, locals gained what many refer to as a second home, one that comes in the form of a community-focused pub that deals in craft beer and wood-fired pizzas.
The legendary building, which sits loud and proud on Stanmore Road, has existed for decades. However, it wasn’t until hospitality group, Solotel, took over the space that it received a fresh lick of paint and brand-new name. With its renovation came a giant wood-fired pizza oven, a comfortable and casual beer garden, large graffiti murals and the installation of nine beer taps – home to rotating lagers, ales and ciders.
Amanda Verratti is the licensee ensuring the smooth operations of the venue. Starting with Solotel in 2013 as a bartender, she moved her way through assistant manager positions at Goros and The Bank before taking charge of Public House. In a quest to create a venue loved by locals, she teamed up with Head Chef, Martin Cerny. Growing up on a farm in the Czech Republic, Martin has always nurtured a strong appreciation of where food comes from, a concept that informs his rustic approach to cooking.
At Public House, Martin works on making as much as possible in-house, drawing on pickling, smoking, curing and drying skills that he picked up while training in kitchens around the world. He pairs these ingredients with a wealth of local produce to create dishes that the whole family will enjoy.
However, your first choice upon arriving won’t be what to eat, but where to sit. Will it be the long table inside, or upon a red stool in the massive beer garden? If you’re really hungry it might be worth ordering a snack to throw back with your drink. The calamari fritti come straight from the Hawkesbury, are fried and then served with pepperoni mayo, rocket and lemon.
Once you’ve settled in, turn to the menu – one glance at the pizza oven in the corner of the courtyard will have mouths watering everywhere. You’ll soon have your hands full, alternating bites of the Cheesus Christ pizza – topped with speck, tallegio, fior di latte, pecorino, radicchio and Spanish onion, with the Octopussy, which is topped with rosemary, kipfler potato, fior di latte, pine nuts, cherry tomato and basil.
Not feeling like pizza? Turn to the other wood-fired options, including the roast chicken served with avocado and corn salsa, or the 250g grain-fed rump with portobello mushroom sauce, mustard and your choice of side.
While it may sound like food is the main focus, drinks also share the stage. Beer taps rotate regularly, with appearances from local breweries such as Young Henrys, Willie the Boatman, and Stone and Wood. There’s also a curated selection of fresh cocktails, with concoctions like the Nimble Leaf – Westwinds Sabre gin, apple liqueur, basil, salted apple and lime.
In keeping with its family-friendly atmosphere, the venue also has a games room, perfect for pinball tournaments, as well as a giant projector screen that’s used for everything from sport and music to video games and cinema nights.
These elements form just two parts of the Public House experience, but define the venue as whole: casual, welcoming and a whole lot of fun.