No visit to Cooktown is complete without checking out the Top Pub.
Because we arrived in Cooktown on AFL Grand Final weekend, the pub was packed with rough sheilas and burly men in wife-beaters and short shorts. We later found out that for a more classy experience, you have to go to the Sovereign because the Cooktown Hotel is for bogans.
After ordering our food, we sat outside in the beer garden because all the tables inside were occupied. Dave’s pizza came out first. It looked fantastic and was topped with plenty of olives and anchovies, but it missed getting top marks because of the canned mushrooms. That said though, for the $12 it cost, he was suitably impressed.
The pizza was devoured and gone by the time Juz’s parma arrived. Right off the bat, it was clear that it was a factory chicken breast because it was heart-shaped. It also lacked ham, which was tragic because it could have really done with that extra dimension of flavour, and the tomato sauce seemed to be bottled Bolognese sauce with a few sprinkles of dried Italian herbs. No matter – it was a tasty and perfectly sized lunch with great chips and scrumptious salad.