Most watering holes are generally heavy with meat dishes but The New Ed Castle Hotel is different, with more vegetarian options than your average pub. A short walk from the University of South Australia, the $10 menu is a beacon for students and the bar staff boast that the vegetarian dishes are popular with their budget-conscious crowd.
Dating back to 1837, The New Ed Castle Hotel, originally named the Edinburgh Castle, is the oldest licensed pub in South Australia. While the exterior has an authentic look of old, inside has more of a retro feel with 80s movie posters, black and white head shots of stars gone by and checkered tablecloths.
A standout in vegetarian pub-style fare is the eggplant schnitzel – thick slices of eggplant, coated in a crunchy herb crumb and served with fries, salad and a choice of sauce – an excellent match with the chunky mushroom gravy. The hearty cannelloni is filled with portobello mushrooms and spinach sautéed with garlic and lemon thyme, generously covered with béchamel, napolitana sauce and parmesan cheese. Also a must is a bowl of chargrilled and buttered corn on the cob.
Other enticing meatless dishes are the cauliflower, lentil and coconut curry with basmati rice and lime yoghurt, the roast veggie salad with baked fetta dressing and the eggplant burger with caramelised onion and chipotle aioli. Wash the meal down with local beer on tap or something from the wine list which offers affordable locals wines for around $6 a glass and $25-$35 per bottle. A great option for a cheap night out.