If you are looking for the best pub meals in the Outback then you absolutely must stop at Olivetto, the Great Western Hotel’s bistro.
Located smack-bang in the centre of Cobar the Great Western Hotel, with it’s beautiful 100m-long white iron-lace verandah, begs to be visited. Containing a public bar at one end, a bistro at the other, and a beer garden at the back, this hotel truly has something for everybody, making it a hub of social life in this prosperous mining town.
The bistro’s menu is a mix of Italian fare and classic pub food, all done exceedingly well and with none of the usual heaviness associated with your average country pub. The pizzas on the menu are even cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven.
The restaurant’s tables are full of families celebrating birthdays or simply having a relaxing night out, and you are welcome to enjoy your meal on the famous balcony upstairs.
“You get a good breeze up there in the evening,” says manager Belinda Hynds, “and you can look out at the town and seeing what's going on, it’s really very nice.”
Everything about the Olivetto goes above and beyond your usual pub fare – the hotel’s foodie owners employ the best chefs they can lure to town, and the selection of craft beers on tap might even make you forget you are in the outback at all!
The Great Western Hotel is located at 20 Marshall St, Cobar, NSW.