Pubs for Vegetarians: The Napier Hotel, Fitzroy

It’s time for the next stop on my tour of vegetarian friendly pubs of Melbourne! This time we’re at the Napier Hotel in Fitzroy! The Napier is an old-school style pub (it’s been there since 1866!) but with a more interesting menu than most! It’s retained it’s pub charm with a proper front bar, a room with a fireplace, a sunny courtyard and then a small dining room out the back, so it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon beer, or to spend an evening over a meal with friends.

I’ve spent a lot of time at the Napier over the years as I used to work very close by, plus it’s not far from home either! Their menu caters well for vegetarians and vegans, with a handful of regular options, plus at least one vegetarian special. Their food includes pub staples like burgers, steaks and parmas, but also branches out to include non-standard pub fare like a smoked duck breast salad, curries, kangaroo fillet and a filo pie.

This particular visit was for an evening of beers and food with family and friends to celebrate my sister’s birthday. It was an informal evening rather than a sit-down dinner, so we all just ordered and ate whenever we got hungry, so I was only able to capture a couple of the vegetarian meals that were enjoyed, but it’s better than nothing!

B and I both went with the Vegetarian Burger ($18) which consists of a roast beetroot and freekeh patty, salsa verde, tofu aioli, house pickled courgette, swiss cheese, carrot, cos & tomato on a focaccia bun with fries and tomato chutney (a vegan option is also available). This is not your average vegie burger and I really liked the addition of the tofu aioli and the the interesting flavours of the patty. It came with a mountain of shoestring fries, which aren’t my favourite way to have chips but were tasty nonetheless, particularly the tomato chutney! I liked the burger, however it was much spicier than I had anticipated, which unfortunately overpowered some of the more subtle flavours like the pickled courgette.

Napier Hotel Vegie Burger

I managed to make it through mine with the help of my beer, but B found it all a bit too spicy so ended up having to leave some of the burger and focus on the chips instead.

Napier Hotel Veggie Burger

One of mum’s friends (and also a lovely I Spy Plum Pie reader – hi Maryann!) ordered the vegetarian special of the day – the Yellow Split Pea Dhal ($17) which came with flatbread and yoghurt. I didn’t try this, but all reports were it was really delicious, with a nice amount of spice to it (less overpowering than the burgers!) and really nice flatbreads. I’ve had their vegetarian curries and dhal in the past so I have no doubt this was up to their usual standard!

Napier Hotel Dahl

Whilst I don’t think this was B’s favourite stop on our pubs for vegetarians tour, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area as I’ve never had a bad meal there (spiciness aside!). It’s always nice to know there’s a pub in the area that not only has a good range of vegetarian options, but that they are not all heavy, carby pub meals. I have no doubt I will be back again fairly soon!

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1 Comment on Pubs for Vegetarians: The Napier Hotel, Fitzroy

  1. Claudia
    August 15, 2014 at 11:18 pm (10 years ago)

    Consequently delectable! That appears to be amazing.
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