VOLUME NO. 67 HAROLD PARK HOTEL, GLEBE Mine Host: William Ryan
The Harold Park Hotel was built in 1888 and opened as the ‘Centennial Hotel’, before changing its name to the ‘Lillie Bridge Hotel’ in 1903 because of the Lillie Bridge Showgrounds opposite the site of the race track formerly known as Forest Lodge.
The Lillie Bridge grounds, owned and operated by Sir James Joyton Smith were home to the ‘underbelly of the time’ and boasted colourful identities amongst side shows, prize fights, professional foot races and greyhound racing. Australia’s first mechanical hare was used at Harold Park in 1927, and all Sydney greyhound racing was held here until Wentworth Park became the home of the dishlickers in 1939.
The Grounds were leased and then sold, to the NSW Trotting Club in 1911 and known as ‘Epping’ until 1929. Due to the confusion of the name and the well known Sydney suburb, they were renamed ‘Harold Park’ after the imported ‘Childe Harold’ – one of the great progenitors of the stock in the early night trotting days. The Paceway was sold two years ago and will be developed into luxury apartments.
The original hotel, a magnificent three-story structure, was destroyed by fire in 1959. During the ‘60s’ and ‘70s’ the hotel was known as a place where one could be heard. Politics in the Pub, Poets in the Pub were regular events. It was Sydney’s Home of Comedy for most the ‘80s’ and ‘90s’. Extensive renovations were undertaken early this century and the current building reopened in 2007.
The Hotel was purchased in 2010 by Australia’s first 5th generation Publican, William Ryan.
Buffalo Wings : $12.50 Chicken wings in our spicy buffalo wing sauce.
Gyoza : $12.50 (Prawn or Veg) Seven pieces of Gyoza.
Salt and Pepper Squid:$12.50 w/ aioli.
Sliders : $12.50 Three Mini Beef Burgers served with melted cheese, grilled onions, mustard, tomato sauce and pickle slices.
Panko Crumbed Prawns: $12.50Seven Panko crumbed prawns w/sweet chili sauce.
Strips and Dips Plate :$12.50 one person $21 for two. Ask at the bar for our daily selection.
Wedges : $8.50 Served with sour cream and sweet chili sauce.
Steak House Fries : $6.50 Served with aioli and tomato sauce.
Beef Nachos : $16.50 With cheese, beans, Mexican spiced beef, homemade Guac., Pico de Gallo Salsa and Sour Cream.
Beer Battered Flathead : $16.50 Flathead fillets served with chips, side salad, lemon wedge and tartare sauce.
Bolognese: $14.50 Homemade Bolognese served over a bed of linguini, topped w/ shaved parmesan.
Chicken Schnitzel : $18.00 Homemade on premises daily, served with beer battered fries and salad or creamy mashed potatoes and veggies w/ your choice of gravy, mushroom or pepper sauce .
Chicken Parma : $18:00 Homemade “schnitzel” with tasty Napoli sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, served with beer battered chips and salad or creamy mashed potatoes and veggies.
Curry of the Day : $15.00 Check our blackboard for today’s delicious curry.
Catch of the Day : $19.50 Check our blackboard for today’s delicious fish specialty.
SALADS Caesar Salad : $13.00 - add Char grill Chicken $17.00 Cos lettuce tossed in our zesty Caesar Salad dressing with shaved parmesan, crispy bacon pieces, poached egg and rustic croutons.
GreekSalad : $13.00 - add Char grill Chicken $17.00 Cucumber, tomato, capsicum, Kalamata olives, red onions rings and feta, tossed in a vinaigrette and served over mixed salad greens.
Available for all Children under 12 years of age
Linguini Bolognese, Chicken Nuggets and Chips, Fish and Chips, Kids Sliders with Chips - $ 8.00
Add bacon or fried egg to your burger for $2.00Cheese Burger :$16.50 300 grams of prime lean mince, topped with melted cheddar, beetroot Chipotle Barbeque sauce and mayonnaise.
Steak Burger : $17.00 Thinly sliced, juicy steak, grilled and topped with carmelised onions, capsicums, melted cheddar and served with aioli and spicy chipotle BBQ sauce.
The “Schnitty” Burger : $15.50Homemade chicken schnitzel portion, melted cheese and aioli.
Portuguese Chicken Burger : $15.50 Chicken breast portion, char grilled topped with our homemade Peri Peri sauce and mayonnaise.
Veggie Burger : $14.00 Lentil and pumpkin patty, gently spiced and topped with melted cheese, sliced beetroot and aioli.
All selections are served with a choice of sauces: peppercorn, mushroom, house gravy or chipotle BBQ and a choice of mash potato and fresh vegetables or chips and salad. Harry’s 450g Rib-Eye: $27.50 450 grams of prime grain fed rib-eye, cooked to order.
(Add $5 for freshly cooked tiger prawns and make it surf’n’turf) Harry’s Scotch Fillet : $21.50 300 grams of grain fed Scotch fillet, cooked to order.
(Add $5 for freshly cooked tiger prawns and make it surf’n’turf)
Chicken Breast : $18.50 A plump seasoned and marinated chicken breast grilled to perfection.
EXTRAS TO MAINS
Side Salad, Steamed Vegetables, Chips or Creamy Mashed Potato - $5.00