Blue Mountains Hotel, Lawson

I see more of the state as a res­ult of D’s train­ing require­ments dur­ing and since uni­ver­sity. This time, instead of the Mid-North Coast, it’s the Blue Mountains Area. On a quiet week­end mid-winter, we stopped by the Blue Mountains Hotel for a pub lunch. It’s loc­ated dir­ectly oppos­ite the train sta­tion on the Great Western Highway.

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The rus­tic wooden pub area extends to a form­al din­ing area with a $12 lunch spe­cial run­ning on weekdays.

It’s the week­end, though, and we’re here for the Beer Battered Fish and Chips ($18.00).

We’ve nev­er had such thin and crispy bat­ter as we have here — there’s an aud­ible crunch from cut­ting through the fish and with every bite — and it keeps us com­ing back. The bat­ter smells and tastes slightly of beer but doesn’t over­whelm at all.

On top of being crispy, the fish is also beau­ti­fully flaky and juicy, while the chips were crispy with fluffy innards. The salad is a bit of a hit and miss — there’s always a good vari­ety, but it can be a bit old and limp on some days, while fresh and crisp on others.

On anoth­er vis­it, I try their Grilled Barramundi with lime salsa, chips and salad ($19.00)

I’m still chas­ing that deli­cious grilled sea bream at Zaou from our vis­it to Japan in 2014, so with a stel­lar fried fish, I’m hope­ful about their grilled barramundi.

The bar­ra­mundi is flakey with an enjoy­able light cit­rus tang from the lime salsa. The fish itself is on the dry side, though, and pales in com­par­is­on to the juici­ness of the battered fish.

The ser­vice is very friendly as you’d expect from a pub in a small town cater­ing to locals.

Blue Mountains Hotel is loc­ated at 286 Great Western Highway, Lawson NSW 2783.