Eat & Drink
Cooks Hill

The Commonwealth Hotel

An old style community pub in Cooks Hill

Built in 1880, the Commy is a piece of living history. If only those walls could talk, oh the stories they could tell! 

Cath and Stewart took over the Commy in 2015 and since then have been working hard to reinvigorate this old dame. With a new beer garden, amazing chefs and a return to an old-style community pub. Who supports locals, especially local sporting teams across most codes.

There’s no shiny stainless steel here!

“We’ve reinvigorated rather than made huge changes” Cath explained, “we don’t want to be shiny. Instead, we want to honour its heritage”.

The Commonwealth is a great place to catch up with your mates. Sitting out on Bull Street in the sun, enjoying a cold one, it doesn’t really get much better than that.

The restaurant is damn impressive too. Cath wanted to create “a restaurant that you can come to a few times a week,” with a big, hearty, value for money meals. The food is good quality, and there is lots of it. There’s all the usual pub grub favourites, like schnitzels, steaks and lamb cutlets, but there are also some different menu items like the beef cheek, slow cooked in a Tunisian style sauce served with confit butternut pumpkin puree, Dutch carrots, kale and a Yorkshire pudding.

On Mondays, they do Moreish Mystery Mondays, where for $29 you get bread, entrée, main and dessert. The catch is though that you don’t know what you’ll be getting, you don’t get to pick your meal. And an added twist, not every table gets the same meals. Check out their facebook page to see previous week’s mystery meals. The meals look delicious!

Upstairs they offer ten pub style accommodation rooms, some with private ensuites.

Don’t forget to ask their courtesy bus, which can pick you up and drop you off, and it also does food deliveries through the week. Ask over the bar or on social media for all the details.