Great Southern Inn scores two schooners in SMH Good Pub Guide

Here’s cheers to Eden’s Great Southern Inn!

Eden’s only pub has been awarded a two schooner rating in the recently released Sydney Morning Herald Pub Food Guide for 2014, a feather in their cap in the lead up to the busy summer season.

Chef Nathan Pickett is thrilled with the rating.

He thinks the pub has scored so well because of the great team that works there, and its reputation for fresh Eden seafood.

“We’ve actually got a really great team at the moment. They’re hard working but also a fun crew. We enjoy working together,” he said.

“And our seafood is always fresh. It’s mostly local produce. I would never sell a frozen basa; I’ve always got fresh local seafood.

“We source it from Southlands Fish Supplies. What’s selling a lot at the moment is the fish of the day which is ling and flathead, although ling is becoming harder to get.

“I’ve also got a farmed Tasmanian salmon fillet which is popular.  Its char grilled and served with alemon butter and caper sauce, garlic mash and green beans.”

Chef Pickett is looking forward to fresh local prawns coming on to the menu, as well as Balmain bugs and deep sea crabs.

“They usually get caught off Eden although there haven’t been much the last couple of years. I usually do a laksa with them. I get the local mussels and crabs and all the local seafood for the dish. I’m hoping they catch some (deep sea crabs) this year.”

The 31-year-old seasoned chef who started his profession in 1998 and has lived in Eden since he was eight years of age, says that steak is still the number one choice with many diners on the menu.

“Our steaks are really popular. We get them from Great Ocean South Coast in Pambula and we also get a really nice scotch fillet and T-bone from Browns Butchers.

“The only thing we don’t do locally, mainly, is the prawns. You can’t catch them all year around,” he said.

More than 500 pubs in NSW were visited to publish the more than 400 reviews in this year's guide.

Each pub was assessed and scored on its food, service, ambience and that magic feel-good factor. These scores are the basis for the one, two and three schooner awards.

The Great Southern Inn scored 14/20 to receive its two schooner rating.

Check out the Sydney Morning Herald Pub Food Guide website here

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