Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Mixing with the trendies?

We went for dinner with T and W at Penny Farthing in Northcote.  Great venue!     It's small but has a fascinating, innovative menu as well as interesting boutique coffees and beers.  We then walked down High Street through the Westgarth area. 

Old bike in restaurant window
Although we've been this way previously, this was the first time in years that we'd walked down the hill.  By walking we were able to appreciate to the full just how trendy and alive this part of the city is, with lots of little bars and eating places.  Yes, a bit of what might be termed "grunge", but definitely lots of character.

Northcote Town Hall

(Photos aren't great, but are the best I could do)


  1. What about the beer on tap- Holgate from Woodend? I loved the seriousness of this review

    white head, which bleeds away rather quickly, leaving a drooping ring of lace around the glass.

    It smells of grainy, crackery, a tad biscuity pale malt, a bit of aged lemon flesh, and bitter floral, grassy, herbal hops. Not too shabby for firsties. The taste is more deftly bready, crackery malt, a lightly caressing yeastiness, some sedate, generic citrus notes, and more floral, uncut grass hops.

    The bubbles are decently present, i.e. there, but not idly noticeable, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, a slight edge arising perhaps from those otherwise heroic hops. It finishes on the dry side, a nascent crispness sealing the deal.

  2. Good grief, what a review! I liked the beer, but I'm not sure that I took in the full significance of those "heroic hops"! Next time I'll be more careful to take note of all these wondrous characteristics.