We are happy to report that Tom McHugo’s has been providing Hobartians with takeaway dishes for most of the lockdown. When they reopened with the mandatory maximum of ten customers we were there in the first week.
And now there is another innovation with the room on the Macquarie St side being converted into the Tom McHugo’s Conveniences store. This is named after a middle ages term which is defined as:
“that which gives ease or comfort; a convenient article or appliance”
And that is exactly what is on hand. They have jars of pickled oysters using the wonderful native Angasi oysters from The Oyster Province, pork rillettes using pork from Our Mates Farm and Chicken Liver Paté using livers from Broadchurch Farm and much more.
Tom McHugo’s is a traditional pub in the centre of Hobart where the food is classic pub fare – but done very well and representing incredible value for money.
But please remember that this is a pub and we want it to stay that way. There are very few pubs in Tasmania that serve good food, so this is a real treasure. This place is accessible for everyone due to the prices so we don’t want customers to force it to go upmarket. It has good food, cooked with skill at very reasonable prices and we celebrate that!
Let’s face it – a sirloin steak with chips, both of which are done very well for $13 is amazing value!
And, to make it even more exciting the man at the stoves here is Tom Westcott who we first came across when he cooked at Garagistes with Luke Burgess.
He then went on to make the West End Pumphouse a dining destination with his innovative dishes that were always packed with flavour, often using fermented ingredients for added interest.
We have become obsessed with the whole flounder with herb butter and sliced baked potatoes with onion and sage. It is always cooked to perfection – never overcooked, always exactly right. The fish is fresh and succulent and the potato a fine accompaniment.
We recently also enjoyed a spelt grain risotto with baked swede that was a riot of flavour. This is a perfect example of how a vegetable and grain dish can be a pub favourite. In fact we often have a meal here entirely composed of the vegetable “small plates” because they are fresh, usually organic and from the best suppliers in southern Tasmania.
The wine list is short and interesting (see our disclaimer below) and the beer offerings are exciting due to front-of-house manager Whitney’s long held interest in this area. You can usually find the stunningly good beers from Two Metres Tall here. We just love their naturally fermented sour cherry ale.
This is a once a week dining destination for us!
Street: 87 Macquarie St
Town/Suburb: Hobart, 7000
Phone number: +61 3 6231 4916
Opening hours: Lunch and dinner Mon – Sat
The editors of foodtourist.com supply some of the wines to Tom McHugo’s through their wine importing business Living Wines.