The Publican is crowded for Sunday brunch but I easily got a seat at the long gleaming brass bar that is fitted with 6 taps. There are high backed chairs and the bar is raised so even though you are in close quarters to your neighbors it feels private.
The room has tall ceilings crowned by 70 glass globes. The windows and are tall and the walls have huge paintings of pigs – a central theme in the menu. The restroom is cool – a central handwashing station topped with CO Bigalow soap and lotion and Dyson hand dryers with doors for the toilets (2 men and 3 women). So impressive I went twice!
Service is excellent – attentive, knowledgeable. The person who seated me offered me a paper to read. The music moved from rap to Jackson Browne’s The Pretender to The Grateful Dead’s Uncle John’s Band then back to rap.
I started with a Bloody Mary – perfectly spiced and topped with housemade pickles and pickled onions. They come with a beer back – nice touch. I had the fried oyster sandwich – 2 oysters (bit sparse) on a homemade biscuit topped with cheddar, bacon and a fried egg with a runny center – delicious. It came with a side of roasted potatoes and onions and I had a side of their famous bacon – crispy pork belly with a maple syrup glaze.
The sandwich was delicious but disjointed – no need for the cheddar and the biscuit was too big. I ate the toppings together and then asked for some jam (they have orange marmalade) so I could have a pork belly and biscuit sandwich with marmalade – sublime.
It was not inexpensive but the bill comes with a Publican pen and postcard – which took out the sting. I already mailed it!over 2 years ago