As I have recently moved to Melbourne as I stated in my previous blog, My First Impressions of Melbourne, Derbyshire today I had the opportunity of testing the local hospitality as a very dear friend from Guildford who recently relocated to Birmingham decided to pay me a visit, and so we went to lunch at Harpur’s of Melbourne but originally had no idea where to go, as I have not been here long it was difficult to know and so after a short while of walking around we decided to pop in to have a look at the menu. After a while we decided we were eating there, but I also think it was encouraged by the fact that today was bitterly cold. After looking at the menu we ordered drinks (both non-alcoholic as one was driving, the other (moi)…was simply not drinking…boring? Maybe), I made the mistake of ordering a filter coffee but forgot to order hot milk (I really do think its time pubs/restaurants started asking if you want hot or cold milk on principle) and my friend ordered a bottle of mineral water both of which were served relatively quickly and served with a smile by the manageress (I presume); prompt, smiley and efficient is always the way to make people want to come back and even spread the word.
After a while of catching up and looking at the menu it was time to order lunch, the barman came around to take our order and both ordered the Harpur’s Fish & Chips (beer battered haddock, tartare sauce, chunky chips, mushy peas). It didn’t take long before our order arrived and so we tended to our meal. It was absolutely delicious and very well cooked, it was great. The chips were done to perfection, fresh and chunky and the fish and mushy peas were delicious.
All-in-all it is a great little restaurant, the atmosphere is warm and friendly, you feel comfortable as soon as you walk in. Service was professional, efficient and with a smile. I can certainly say that I will be going there again and I will be recommending it, not only to friends and family but to anyone else who decides to pass through Melbourne. I have provided a hyper-link, so take a look, they even have an online menu to look at to wet your appetite. It is also a bar and a hotel, have not tried the hotel yet, I’ve had no reason to but maybe in the future but as I have somewhere to live nearby that is not necessary.
The stop there is worth it and you will not be sorry.