Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross, 560 Main North Rd, BLAIR ATHOL.

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Last Sunday we decided to check out the Virginia Nursery because I’m all about those indoor plants and we’re officially OAF.

Due to the fact that a road trip just isn’t a road trip without a food stop, we decided to take a little squiz at the newish Coopers Alehouse in Gepps Cross.

Cruising through the vast land that is the back car park, we had to wonder how many people they planned to sardine into this place. Could they really need all these car parks? The answer is yes. Yes they do. As when we entered the establishment there were more people packed inside than Adelaide Oval when The Rolling Stones came to town.

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The place is the size of a theme park with all the top-notch hotel attractions including a huge restaurant, long-ass bar and an opulent BG with its own service area. The TV screen in the beer garden is ginormous. For a flash I thought we had lost our way and ended up at the Gepps Cross drive in!

With plenty of black, white and wood the place is modern and inviting. They did well here.

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The line to order food was giving me flashbacks to election day so when we finally ordered, we expected that we would be waiting for an age to receive anything edible. Praise the hunger gods, we were wrong. Somehow these guys Copperfielded the food onto our table in under ten minutes! The only explanation being that they  have a psychic in the kitchen dealing out the orders before they’ve even been put through. Easy enough.

For lunch we had ourselves a pub classic of Coopers Pale Ale Battered Barramundi and a not-so-classic Beef Rib Sandwich.

The barramundi was everything you could ask for in a classic fish and chips. The fleshy fish was cooked well and the thick beer batter was crunchy and delicious. The fish was slighty too far on the oily side for me but hey, you don’t order fish and chips if oil intake is high on your list of concerns.

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The Beef Rib Sandwich was packed with shredded slow cooked beef short ribs, char-grilled chorizo, vintage cheddar, rocket, tomato and smokey BBQ aoli in between 2 slices of ciabatta. With plenty of flavour from the chorizo and BBQ aoli I really loved this bad boy, however the ciabatta just wasn’t substantial enough to keep all of the food’s arms and legs inside the vehicle, resulting in a messy state of affairs.

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If you’re looking for a decent pub feed down Gepps Cross way I’d put my money on the Coopers Ale House being the best by a long shot. The crowds seem to agree.

Are there any other eateries worth a sticky in the area?

Until next time… That’s what she said.

Coopers Alehouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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