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The Spread Eagle has been around for a very long time, judging from its exterior. And even in the bar, the high ceilings and wall mirror give a sense of how old it is. But there's nothing very old-fashioned about it. The large bar offers snacks and lots of beers on tap, and flows into a bistro with carpeted floors, timber tables and black leather chairs. There's music playing – live on Saturday nights – and a blackboard menu with frequently changing specials. It's all very easy going without being at all sloppy.
The food is pub food, but jacked up a notch – it's well cooked, generous and nicely presented. You'd innocently come in for a beer and find yourself having a plate of dips and ordering more drinks and food before you know it. Check out favourites like the Spready burger, lamb shanks braised in red wine, Asian-influenced chicken, grilled fish of the day or a chicken parma. Wednesday nights are $14 steaks with chips and salad, but remember to book. The Spread Eagle has great function rooms upstairs, and there are outdoor tables as well.