When I was asked to write* a review about The Pig’n’Whistle Brunswick St, I thought about some of the mad nights I’d spent in other venues in the chain and decided that I needed to see the Pig’n’Whistle in a different light. Daylight. So, in the last gasp of winter, I headed to Brunswick St for a lazy afternoon at the pub.
The Pig’n’Whistle Brunswick St is a very modern affair. Exposed brickwork, bleached wood and a combination of large and small spaces creates an industrial feel. A mix of booths and tables provides options for small and large groups as do the two outdoor areas. A traditional beer garden downstairs and a sandstone and brick courtyard with a retractable roof at street level are perfect to enjoy Brisbane’s balmy climate.
There are some nice craft beers on tap and an extensive wine list. I was very pleased to see an Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon offered by the glass. Ahhh….big, bold, beautiful Barossa. The menu ranges from snacks through to full meals, including British pub faves such as Beef & Guinness Pie and, of course, Fish & Chips. There’s no stinting on the portion sizes, with two enormous pieces of battered fish, chips, aioli and nice attention to detail with a caramelised half lemon to squeeze over. Mr Tiffin declared the rump the best pub steak he had eaten in ages (and let me tell you, he orders them all too frequently). He followed this up with complaints mid-week that his Wednesday steak dinner at a different venue had been nowhere near as good as enjoyable as his Pig’n’Whistle Sunday steak. Mr Tiffin’s stamp of endorsement.
So, if you want to head out with friends, why not skip the cab queues on a Saturday night and catch the train to the Valley for a Sunday Session? Those in the courtyard couldn’t have agreed more. With some live acoustic guitar in the background and laughter from happy punters, there was no better place to be.
*TIFFIN was invited to see what the Pig’nWhistle Brunswick St had to offer as a guest of Search Factory and Mantle Group. TIFFIN received payment for this post, using original content.
The Pig’n’Whistle Brunswick St
Cnr Brunswick & Robertson Sts
Fortitude Valley Qld 4006